Renewable Energy

Critical components for applications such as hydroelectric, wind energy, wave and tidal power, biomass, and solar energy

Renewable energy sources such as hydroelectric, solar, wind, and tidal power are projected to be close to 50% of global electrical production by 2040.  Pressure is growing on manufacturers to increase product performance while managing costs.  MetalTek has the technical expertise and depth of experience to serve as a valuable supplier for renewable energy applications that push the limits of what is possible to meet the world’s growing renewable energy needs.

MetalTek has long provided wicket gates, wicket gate bushings, runner gate bushings, seal rings, wear rings, shaft sleeves, and other components to manufacturers of turbines for hydroelectric applications.  These are produced in sizes from less than one inch to a centrifugal wear ring that is more than 200” (5,080 mm) in diameter.  The ability to provide a wide range of components for the high-wear and highly corrosive environment of hydropower makes MetalTek well suited to meet the demands of both tidal power and wave energy.  Meanwhile, decades of experience providing furnace tubes for petrochemical customers makes MetalTek an ideal partner for high-temperature biomass applications. 

Our technical expertise, broad selection of more than 450 alloys, and centrifugal, sand, and investment casting capabilities position MetalTek to serve those producing renewable energy applications that are pushing the world into the future. 

Typical Renewable Energy Products

  • Bearings

  • Bearing supports

  • Bushings

  • Chain link components

  • Compressor cases

  • Distance rings

  • Fan cases

  • Furnace tubes and assemblies

  • Needle valve housings

  • Runner blade bushings and seals

  • Seal rings

  • Split bushings

  • Shaft sleeves

  • Thrust washers

  • Wear rings

  • Wicket gate bushings

Typical Renewable Energy Applications

  • Biopower / Biomass

  • Francis turbines

  • Hydroelectric energy / Hydropower

  • Kaplan turbines

  • Pelton turbines

  • Solar energy

  • Tidal energy / Tidal power

  • Wave energy / Wave power

  • Wind energy / Wind power

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Hydro Ring

Hydro Ring

Machined grooves in hydro rings extend product life.

Alternative Fuel Assembly

Alternative Fuel Assembly

Capability to fabricate heavy wall assemblies for alternative fuel roduction

Wicket Gate Assembly Components

Wicket Gate Assembly Components

MetalTek provides multiple wicket gate assembly components in a variety of alloys and sizes.

Frances Runners

Francis Runners

Francis Turbines feature an inward flow reaction to spin the turbine and count on consistent material and fin profiles.

Pelton Runners

Pelton Runner

A complex but cost effective solution for the hydro market.

Continuous Cast Examples

Continuous Cast Examples

The wide variety of sizes and shapes makes continuous cast a cost-effective solution for machined parts.