Bearings for Wave / Tidal / River Power


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The world’s oceans are a vast global resource of non-polluting, endlessly renewable energy and with the ever increasing demand for electrical power, harnessing this force has become a major priority. Many companies and countries have invested heavily in developing systems that will generate power and yet still withstand the harsh underwater environment.

Thordon Bearings is the world’s leading manufacturer of high performance, long lasting bearing systems that require no oil or grease. Our polymers offer the best combination of strength/stiffness with flexibility/elasticity, along with high abrasion resistance.

For over 35 years, we’ve been supplying environmentally friendly bearing solutions for thousands of hydro turbine and marine applications across the globe. Our customers include Power Generating Plants as well more than 40 Navies and Coast Guards, cruise ships, tankers, ferries, dredgers and many other types of commercial ships.

Thordon’s non-polluting and maintenance free bearings are available worldwide through our factory trained distributor network that spans more than 100 countries. Our application engineers and global technical support will work with you to deliver innovative bearing solutions.

Thordon offers a choice of water-lubricated bearings, each delivering specific advantages in unique water environments and operating conditions. Bearings are available in sizes up to 1.2m (4’) and bearings with multiple pad segments up to 3m+ (10’+).

 



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The final (fully finished) sizing of a Thordon elastomer or ThorPlas bearing can be determined by using the Thordon Bearing Sizing Calculation Program.

To download the Thordon Bearing Sizing Calculation Program Version 2017, Release 10, a user registration is required.

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Download Bearing Sizing Calculation Program (2.2 MB) Version 2017, Release 10

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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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    Thordon Bearings to Enter Hydro Power Market with New Turbine Range

    Oct 07, 2019
    Thordon Bearings, through its subsidiary T-G DNALOP, has been awarded a 1.3 million zloty grant from Poland’s National Centre of Research and Development (NCBiR) to design, manufacture and market a series of new micro-hydro turbines in the 5 to 100kW range. The 1.8 million zloty project will mark Thordon Bearings’ entry into the hydro turbine market, following TG-DNALOP’s acquisition in March 2019 of the 67kW Struzyska hydro power plant near Pila, Poland.
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    Thordon Guarantees ThorPlas-Blue HydroPower Bearings Won't Need Replacing for 15 Years

    Jul 24, 2019
    Demonstrating confidence in its bearings to withstand the rigours of turbine operation, Thordon Bearings announced today at the HydroVision International trade show in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A., that it now offering its self-lubricating ThorPlas-Blue range of wicket gate and operating mechanism bearings with a 15 year wearlife guarantee.
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