Thousands of customers across the world,
in both rehabilitation and new turbine projects,
know Thordon Bearings is the proven choice
for performance and value.

  • Lowest coefficient of friction
  • Very low wear in abrasive water environments
  • High resistance to shock loading and vibration
  • High pressure performance to 70 MPa (10,000 psi)
  • High resilience
  • No oil or grease lubrication; wet or dry operation
  • Extremely long wear life 
  • Reliable - no headaches with grease lines failing 

NEW Thordon’s Turbine Guide Bearing and Seal Assembly Video

Thordon’s water lubricated bearing and shaft seal assembly provides a fully integrated solution for conversions and new projects. This design solution relocates the SXL radial segmented shaft seal above the guide bearing allowing installation and removal without disassembly of the major structural components, reducing downtime associated with bearing inspections from days to hours.

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Tidal / River Power
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    Thordon Hydro NewsWorks 2019

    Thordon’s web-based newsletter specifically developed for hydro and clean power users of oil-free and grease-free bearings. This newsletter includes feature articles about multiple successful turbine guide bearing conversions, T-G DNALOP purchasing a small hydro power plant in Poland, and a recent success of Thordon installed in a tidal energy application.
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    Genesis Energy's Tekapo A Plant Completes Thordon Bearing Upgrade

    Sep 28, 2020
    New Zealand’s Genesis Energy has completed a first phase refurbishment of the 190MW hydro power plant at Lake Tekapo, in the South Island. Through its Auckland-based distributor Henley Group, Thordon supplied ThorPlas-Blue wicket gate bushes, Thorseal lip seals (which replaced nitrile rubber sealing rings in the lower and intermediate wicket gate bearings), and SXL operating ring wear pads. A new SXL turbine guide bearing, upgraded with better tolerances, was designed, supplied and installed. The shaft seal carbon segments were also replaced with SXL segments.
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    Thordon Experts Discuss 30 Years of Hydro Turbine Experience in a Series of Online Technical Seminars

    May 21, 2020
    Thordon Bearings will run a series of web-based seminars to help hydro power plant operators recognize and solve common wicket gate and guide bearing problems. The first in a series of six 45-minute technical webinars, to be broadcast on May 26th 2020, at 11:00 EDT, will inform industry engineers of the best approach to recognizing and solving turbine control and regulation issues.
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