RBC Bearings is pleased to announce that it has received a letter of conformance from Germanischer Lloyd (GL) for pitch and yaw bearings for the ACCIONA Windpower wind turbine generator. ACCIONA Windpower North America is owned by the ACCIONA group, a Spain-based global leader in the renewable energies field. The company has installed 252 wind farms in 14 countries and manufactures wind turbine generators with proprietary technology.
The GL type certification was issued to RBC Bearings in April, 2009, for RBC slewing ring bearings being built for 1.5 MW ACCIONA wind turbines. The bearings are being manufactured in RBC’s new custom-built 80,000 square-foot facility in Houston, which became operational in late summer of 2009. This is another important milestone for RBC in the company’s initiative to supply pitch and yaw bearings to the wind turbine generator industry.
“We are pleased with the progress our team is making to serve this industry. Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is now ready. Our advanced engineering team, equipped with the most up-to-date analytical design tools, now provides custom-engineered solutions to some of the largest producers of wind turbine generators in the world,” says Dr. Michael J. Hartnett, RBC president and CEO. “This certification is another significant step for RBC Bearings. We are at the beginning of what I am sure will be a very successful new business segment for us as we provide critical components necessary to the growth of the U.S. wind turbine generator industry.”
RBC Bearings is a leading manufacturer of precision bearings for industrial, aerospace, and defense applications. The company has 22 manufacturing facilities throughout North America and Europe and is supported by a global network of sales engineers, authorized distributors, and agents. For additional information call (800) 390-3300 or go to www.rbcbearings.com.