Young Industry vs. Mature Industry

May 23, 2012 (Blog Posts)

Recently, there has been much interest in North America and Western Europe in clean power generated from ocean waves and tides to help eliminate our dependency on fossil fuels.  High pressures, corrosion from salt water, non-polluting, low maintenance, long life, not harmful to aquatic life – this fledgling industry is open to new materials and designs that are “clean” to help generate clean power.


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Using non polluting products to produce clean energy

July 25, 2011 (Blog Posts)

Recently, there has been much press regarding alternative forms of clean power generation.


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The solution has significantly decreased the expenses

April 07, 2011 (Thordon in the News)

The knowledge acquired since the moment Itaipu produced its first energy watt 24 years ago transformed the operation of the biggest hydroelectric power plant of the planet into an inexhaustible source of great ideas and economy for the company.


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Hydro-turbines converted from oil to water

February 03, 2011 (Blog Posts)

Do you worry about oil leaking from your main guide bearing into the river system? Have you ever considered converting to a water lubricated main guide bearing?
 


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Challenging edge loading: a case for homogeneous polymer bearings for guidevanes

December 29, 2010 (Thordon in the News)

(The International Journal on Hydropower & Dams)Issue 6, Shaft misalignment is used as a general term to


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Energy Tech Cut the Grease in Turbine Bearings

October 01, 2009 (Thordon in the News)

White Rock Powerhouse of California, U.S.A. goes grease free with Thordon for their hydro turbines.


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New Elastomeric Axial and Radial Turbine Shaft Seals

December 07, 2007 (Press Releases)

Thordon Bearings Inc., a world leader in grease and oil-free bearing and sealing solutions, has announced the introduction of new design Thordon SXL elastomeric polymer segmented shaft seals for both vertical and horizontal turbine newbuilds and retrofits.


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Leading Operator of Energy Plants Experiencing Good Performance with Elastomeric Water Lubricated Guide Bearings

May 07, 2007 (Press Releases)

Many of the world's vertical and horizontal hydro turbines run on water lubricated main guide bearings. Wear life for water lubricated main guide bearings is heavily influenced by the type and quantity of abrasives present in the water. Bearing replacement on a 3 to 5-year cycle is common in many applications using conventional water-lubricated main guide bearing materials such as phenolic laminates or rubber. However, recent observations from one leading hydro-power plant operator points to significantly longer wear life and reduced operating costs from an elastomeric polymer bearing, Thordon SXL.


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Resolving Wicket Gate Seal Leaks at Rock Island Powerhouse 2

November 01, 2006 (Thordon in the News)
Written by the power plant mechanical engineer, the article is a review of the wicket gat problems they experienced at the 432 MW Rock Island Powerhouse and the solution of Thordon HPSXL wicket gate bearings and thorseals. Two years+ and no more wicket gate related problems.
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Solutions. Performance. New Opportunities

June 09, 2006 (Thordon in the News)
ThorPlas bushings in Alabama Hydro Plant. ThorPlas is featured in the HydroVision 2006 preview of new products.
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More Polymer Shaft Seals Ordered by Chinese Turbine Industry

October 19, 2005 (Press Releases)

Dongfang Electrical Machinery Co., Ltd (part of Dongfang Electric Corp.) and Harbin Electric Machinery Co., Ltd. have recently placed additional orders for Thordon SXL elastomeric polymer segmented turbine shaft seals bringing the total on order or already installed in 2005, to six sets. The shaft seals sold by Proco International Co. Ltd., Thordon's exclusive Distributor in China, are/will be installed at the Kangyang, Sanbanxi, Xiafu, Baishan and Nalan power plants in China and the Tekeze Hydropower Plant in Ethiopia.


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