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Megatrends

Megatrend: Energy and Environmental Technology

Worldwide, renewable energy is in the ascendant – not least because of the unstoppable dwindling of resources, which requires fresh thinking on a global scale. With its know-how and commitment, Schaeffler is making a decisive contribution to assisting the economic breakthrough of energy and environmental technology as a megatrend.

 

For drive trains in wind turbines, Schaeffler offers almost unrivalled know-how: for more than 30 years, we have been developing and manufacturing bearing arrangements for wind turbines under the INA and FAG brands. Since we focus on the needs of our customers from the very start and our specialists in the relevant Business Unit work closely with developers, manufacturers and operators of turbines, we can achieve convincing results across the board. For our customers, this ultimately means: high reliability and efficiency with low operating costs. In specific terms, we achieve this through optimum bearing selection, precise documentation and a technically sophisticated product range – extending to Condition Monitoring systems, lubricants, mounting and maintenance tools.

 

In the solar power industry, our solutions provide benefits such as efficient and economical running of power generation plant – in photovoltaic as well as solar thermal systems.

With our product portfolio, we provide reliable solutions for ensuring that the mirrors and PV modules are always aligned precisely to the sun. These applications make use of rolling bearings and plain bearings as well as linear units under the INA, FAG and ELGES brands, which work precisely and without problems even under extreme operating conditions and are characterised by high rigidity and load carrying capacity.

 

Our commitment to renewable energy goes much further: for many years, we have worked closely as a development and partner and supplier in the classic hydroelectric power sector. Now we are also offering special solutions for the increasingly important current and wave power sectors – e. g. for turbines, floats, buoys or oscillating panels.