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Timken supplies precision drives for first-of-its-kind solar energy project in South Africa

By on July 11, 2022 0

The Redstone facility in Northern Cape will use molten salt to store the sun’s energy and supply electricity to 200,000 homes during peak demand

NORTH TOWNSHIP, Ohio, July 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR;, a global industrial leader in engineered bearings and power transmission products, has been selected as the exclusive supplier of advanced precision drives for the Redstone Solar Thermal Power project in Northern Cape, South Africa. BrightSource Energy chose Timken’s solar tracking technology, developed by its Cone Drive business, to properly position Redstone’s heliostat mirrors to reflect the sun’s rays. The facility will store the thermal energy it collects in molten salt and convert it into electricity to deliver to South African consumers day and night.

“Our application engineering expertise is a differentiator that customers look for in a partner,” said Kurt Gamelin, President, Cone Drive. “We work side-by-side with the world’s leading solar energy providers and developers like BrightSource, delivering innovative technology and solutions that help advance their products. These close partnerships lead to improved performance, longer life long-lasting products and reliable operations for the customers we serve. It’s gratifying to know that our engineering expertise is helping to create a more efficient and resilient world.”

Scheduled to begin commercial operations by the end of 2023, Redstone is capable of generating up to 100 MW, South Africa largest renewable energy project to date. The facility is completely emission-free, with no need for backup natural gas or oil. Additionally, Redstone significantly reduces water consumption for cooling by using an efficient low water consumption dry cooling system.

Timken’s contributions to Redstone demonstrate its commitment to advancing environmental sustainability through product innovation, operational excellence and technology. The company has invested heavily in research and development for the solar power market sector, building strong manufacturing, engineering and testing capabilities in both United States and China.

Renewable energy, which includes both solar and wind, is Timken’s largest end-market sector, accounting for approximately 12% of the company’s total sales in 2021.

About the Timken Company

The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR; designs a growing portfolio of engineered bearings and power transmission products. With over a century of knowledge and innovation, we continually improve the reliability and efficiency of global machinery and equipment to move the world forward. Timken posted $4.1 billion of revenue in 2021 and employs more than 18,000 people worldwide, operating from 42 countries. Timken has been recognized among America’s Most Responsible Companies by Newsweek, the The World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere, and America’s Top Employers, Top Employers for New Grads and Top Employers for Women by Forbes.

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