Sheffield Forgemasters is manufacturing key components for a revolutionary new device for the renewable energy sector.
In a first for the company, it will supply energy giant GE’s Power Conversion Business with central components for Rotating Stabilisers, large turbine-like devices which work to stabilise electricity fluctuations on the electrical grid.
Sheffield Forgemasters will initially deliver the main rotator shaft and hub for a Rotating Stabiliser located in Moray, Scotland which has been developed by renewable energy provider, Statkraft.
“The challenge of forging these large components and then conducting a delicate heat-shrink fit to bond the hub onto the Rotating Stabiliser’s main shaft, is significant and our Research, Design and Technology team has had considerable input into the design of both components and the subsequent route to manufacture,” said Kunal Popat, senior sales manager at Sheffield Forgemasters.
“We are initially supplying the components to a site in Scotland but hope to further the work we are doing with Rotating Stabilisers as part of a broader programme of renewables projects, which includes expansion of our subsea work for offshore wind power.”