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SOURCE Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies
Solutions that improve reliability and lifespan of wind turbines to be featured
LAS VEGAS, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With an expected surge in the wind industry, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that wind energy could supply 20 percent of the nation's power by 2030. Recognizing this, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies will be showcasing its industry solutions at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER 2014 Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas from May 5 to 8.
AWEA WINDPOWER is the annual conference for the U.S. wind industry in which professionals gather to discuss current trends and issues.
Freudenberg-NOK's general industry organization is addressing many of the most pressing challenges wind energy manufacturers are working to resolve. These include developing wind turbines that can run trouble-free for decades and producing reliable components for the systems that can withstand environmental extremes. As part of its Power segment, which encompasses alternative energy solutions including wind power, Freudenberg-NOK is developing materials and products to help the wind industry evolve into a dependable power source.
"The reliability of a wind turbine rides on the quality of its components," said Michael Littig, global segment director, Energy, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies. "As the wind industry continues to grow, turbine manufacturers will look for long-term sealing solutions to extend the life of systems. Our technologies offer excellent wear resistance, protection from weather and defense against ozone, which are all factors that degrade turbines over time."
Seals play a critical role in the operation of turbines, whether it is insulating critical parts against the elements or preventing essential lubricants from leaking out of the system. The company will showcase a collection of its wind energy products at AWEA WINDPOWER, some of which will include:
To provide more efficient solutions, Freudenberg-NOK uses Finite Element Analysis (FEA), a simulation that helps predict performance of different design proposals and gives engineers hundreds of variations from which to choose. FEA ensures product reliability, functionality and design success under the harshest environmental conditions, and the process reduces development time and is cost effective.
"These products will assist in allowing turbines to run for decades with minimal maintenance," Littig said of Freudenberg-NOK's portfolio. "As wind system manufacturers achieve greater turbine reliability by using components like the advanced seals that we have developed, wind will continue to grow as an energy source."
For more information about Freudenberg-NOK's products, please visit booth (#4914) at AWEA WINDPOWER 2014 in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. For more information about the show, please visit: http://windpowerexpo.org/.
About Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies
Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies is the Americas joint venture between Freudenberg and Co. in Germany and NOK Corp. in Japan. Freudenberg-NOK is a leading producer – through its Automotive, Merkel, Process Seals and Simrit sales channels – of advanced sealing technologies for a variety of markets including: aerospace; agriculture; appliance; automotive; construction; diesel engine; energy; food and beverage; heavy industry; and pharmaceutical. Founded in 1989 under the legal name Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership, Freudenberg-NOK is headquartered in Plymouth, Mich. and operates more than 20 facilities across the Americas. For additional information, please visit www.fnst.com.
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