Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, a provider of engineered components to international original equipment manufacturers, has launched a maintenance-free bearing for the solar market.
SOLGLIDE bearings are specifically designed for concentrating solar power (CSP) plants and are applied at pivot points at all major tracking systems used in the area of CSP. Proprietary fluoropolymer compounds in SOLGLIDE bearings increases the long-term operational efficiency of solar equipment, reduce energy usage and decrease long-term costs, according to the company.
Because SOLGLIDE bearings offer a thicker layer of fluoropolymer compounds than other products, they provide less friction on a constant level throughout the whole product life, Saint-Gobain adds.
The bearings are designed to last the lifetime of a CSP tower (usually around 25 years) with no maintenance costs. They are available with different backing layers: steel protected with a proprietary corrosion protection system, aluminum or stainless steel backings. Saint-Gobain engineers can also customize various parameters to meet specific applications.