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Energy - conventional and renewable

Decarbonisation and energy security have increasingly become energy policy priorities in both economical powerful and emerging industrialised nations. These issues, coupled with ambitious targets such as those set out in the EU Directive on Renewable Energy, present an important driver for developing mixed economies of energy sources.

Renewable energy technologies such as hydro and wind are already making major contribution, while marine (wave and tidal current) and other energy technologies that are not yet proven in the field will play an important role once they have been developed and tested. 

Equally, against the background of the need to cut emissions of carbon dioxide, carbon abatement for coal-fired generation is essential. The available technologies include efficiency improvement, biomass cofiring and carbon dioxide capture and permanent underground storage (CCS).

Whether it be to improve existing processes or products, such as the efficiency of coal-fired plants so that less coal is used to generate the same amount of power or to develop new process routes or products, such as water-hydraulic power take-off systems, Our fluids engineering expertise, design knowhow and test facilities are being used to make a difference. 

Applications

  • Energy efficient power transmission equipment
  • Sealing systems, material selection and fluid-material compatibility          
  • Sealing component design and selection
  • Life-time prediction of system critical components
  • Fluid power water hydraulics alternatives to oil hydraulics
  • Material compatibility and selection for pipelines or coatings
  • Component performance under high pressure operation
  • Lifecycle analysis
  • CFD to improve hydraulic efficiency of water turbines
  • Energy efficient product development
  • Pipe network analysis
  • Coatings (including nano-coatings)
  • High pressure, high temperature engineering