Single Axis

Single-axis slewing drives rotate around one axis. These products are the standard in slewing drives, the easiest to install, and the most commonly used. The VE offers vertical mounting and a fully-enclosed drive in one high-powered unit.

Single Axis

Single-axis slewing drives rotate around one axis. These products are the standard in slewing drives, the easiest to install, and the most commonly used. The VE offers vertical mounting and a fully-enclosed drive in one high-powered unit.

Single Axis

Single-axis slewing drives rotate around one axis. These products are the standard in slewing drives, the easiest to install, and the most commonly used. The SE drives offer load-holding and rotational torque from one enclosed gearbox.

Single Axis

Single-axis slewing drives rotate around one axis. These products are the standard in slewing drives, the easiest to install, and the most commonly used. The VE offers vertical mounting and a fully-enclosed drive in one high-powered unit.

Single Axis

Single-axis slewing drives rotate around one axis. These products are the standard in slewing drives, the easiest to install, and the most commonly used. The KE drive offers an IP55 rating with no maintenance required after installation.

Single Axis

Single-axis slewing drives rotate around one axis. These products are the standard in slewing drives, the easiest to install, and the most commonly used. The S is an open drive offering easy adjustments for equipment requiring daily maintenance.

Dual Axis

Dual-axis slewing drives rotate around two separate axes independently at the same time. These products can hold large loads with a wide range of movement. The SDE is a dual positioner that can be mounted on a combination of axes to offer a full range of movement.

Rings & Gears

Slewing rings and gears are used when an entire gearbox is not needed. These products are specialized, individual components and can be functional in new marketplaces and unique applications. Slewing rings offer rotary devices a cost-effective, load-holding solution in a compact design.

Rings & Gears

Slewing rings and gears are used when an entire gearbox is not needed. These products are specialized, individual components and can be functional in new marketplaces and unique applications. The W rotator offers high power and rotational control in a compact package.

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The Growing Opportunity for U.S. Renewables

According to a recent Credit Suisse research report, there is great opportunity in the U.S. for renewables to gain more market share thanks to the noteworthy drop in wind and solar costs. This decrease could give renewables a chance to be more cost-competitive with conventional power generation sources.

As the economics of renewables is vastly improving, there is justification for the case for using more. Wind utilization rates have increased by 15 to 20 percentage points. New wind energy machines yield 50 to 55 percent utilization rates thanks to improvements in turbine design, taller towers, bigger blades, and better wind modeling. This higher utilization has led to dramatic drops in levelized costs.

Renewable energy graph comparisons

Solar capital costs have also continued to improve. Today’s utility scale PV tracker is about $2,000 per KW of capacity, down from $3,250 in 2010. Solar has also boasted lower levelized costs, from beginning at well over $100/MWh and lowering down to $65 to 80/MWh.

The Credit Suisse report purports that renewable standard compliance will put downward pressure on power prices in deregulated markets. It suggests that the risk to power markets will be rooted in slower market recovery as more renewable generation is added. This will lead to a step down in power prices – $1 to 2/MWh or about 5 percent relative to a scenario without significant renewables growth.

However, renewables can negatively impact the earnings outlook for competitive generators – particularly in PJM. Credit Suisse sees this resulting because of deterioration in future expected power prices, with the impact of a $1.50/MWH drop in PJM power prices.

Demand for natural gas will still grow, but at a slower rate than once believed. Credit Suisse estimates that annual gas demand growth from power will run at less than 0.5 bcf/d annually through 2020.

Lastly, a significant capex is required. Total direct investment in renewables using an 80/20 percent energy split between wind and solar would require $216 BN through 2025, assuming that, on average, wind and utility scale solar both cost $2,000/KW. Additionally, meaningful capex is expected for transmission investments, particularly associated with connecting new wind. Meanwhile, solar will require less, as utility scale projects shrink to the 20 to 50 MW size that can be built closer to customers than the mega farms built in the desert.

 

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