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.

-
PRODUCTS MARKETS

Blog

How to Increase Use of Renewables

The United States has made great strides in utilizing renewable energy sources (such as wind and solar) to provide reliable electricity. From 2007 to 2012, electricity from cleaner, more sustainable sources has nearly quadrupled in this country. Wind power more than tripled in the United States during that same time frame.

Wind farm at sunset

There is already infrastructure in place to transition over entirely to renewables. Now it’s time to employ smart policies and innovation to continue shifting to these renewable power sources in the coming years.

The electricity grid is a highly complex system connecting power sources to consumers. This vast machine is run by grid operators or balance authorities who are constantly matching up electricity supply and demand. Since renewable energy ebbs and flows depending on the sun and wind, this can pose a challenge when it comes to reliability. Thankfully, grid operators are used to dealing with this type of variability and uncertainty. They already have to make constant adjustments for changing demands, outages, and other events, so incorporating more and more renewables shouldn’t post much of a problem.

Conventional power plants have their own drawbacks and reliability issues. Many things can affect a plant’s ability to generate power, including sudden random outages, severe weather events, and extremely hot temperatures and droughts. Renewable resources are not as vulnerable to lengthy disruptions stemming from weather, safety issues, and other causes. Similarly, renewable plants are typically smaller and therefore, if they do go offline, the impact to the grid is minimal. Another perk to renewables is their price stability compared to fuel-powered plants.

Tools for Ramping-Up Renewable Energy

  • Geographic dispersion: Assimilate renewable power sources over larger geographic areas to help smooth out interruptions and increase reliability.
  • Better forecasting: Weather observations, meteorological data, and other information can help better project wind and solar output.
  • Improved scheduling: Allow operators to schedule power delivery on a sub-hourly basis (rather than hourly or a day ahead) to make the grid more efficient, save money, and reduce emissions.
  • Make power plants more flexible: Moving toward more flexible fossil fuel power plants is an easy way to integrate more variable renew­able sources into an electricity grid.
  • Building new transmission lines: New lines would make the electricity system more reliable and efficient, and enable wind power to displace facilities that cost more to operate.
  • Managing customer demand: Offer more “demand-response” programs, which pay large customers to reduce their electricity use when demand is high.
  • Using smart grid technologies: New technologies (sensing, communications, control, and power electronics) can increase efficiency and reliability and provide greater flexibility in controlling power flows, thus enabling plants to integrate large quantities of renewable power.
  • Storage: Use a variety of storage solutions to manage grid variability over short time frames and store electricity.

KMI Slewing Drives
Installed to Date

1,047,327

Sign up to learn about our new technologies