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Alternative Energy

Alternative Energy Plating Services

U.S. Chrome has been a direct partner to manufacturers of alternative energy parts and components for many years. Through our partnerships we gained an understanding of the unique requirements vital to the success of alternative energy manufacturers and we strive to bring those to every job that we do. It is imperative that parts used in alternative energy equipment having hard chrome plating that is consistent, reliable, and efficient. Our hard chrome plating process provides all those attributes.

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Metal Plating for the Alternative Energy Industry

The demand for renewable energy sources has led many manufacturers to develop new ways to produce and receive electrical power. These new energy products require parts and components that will last longer and endure the elements they are used in. Renewable energy manufacturers partner with US Chrome for reliable hard chrome, electroless nickel, and other surface coatings.

The Growth of Alternative Energy

The scale between conventional and alternative energy sources has seemed to be tipping towards the later. While conventional energy has seen a rise in utility costs and increased negative sentiment due to environmental factors, alternative energy has had a reduction in costs that are passed down to the consumer, increased governmental incentives, and fierce competition that motivates the industry.

There are many alternative power generation systems that are currently available including:

Solar power: Solar power uses a range of ever-evolving technologies such as solar heating, photovoltaics, and solar thermal energy. It is an essential source of renewable energy, and its technologies capture and distribute solar energy into solar power.

Wind power: Wind power uses the wind to provide mechanical power through wind turbines that turn electric generators for electrical power. Wind power is a popular large scale renewable source of power that has a small impact on the environment.

Hydroelectric power: Hydroelectricity is electricity produced from hydropower. The potential energy of water drives a water turbine and generator. The power extracted from the water through large-scale hydroelectric power stations can more than double the capacities of current nuclear power stations.

Geothermal energy: Geothermal energy is generated by harnessing Earth’s internal heat. Geothermal power is cost-effective, reliable, and environmentally friendly.

What can be expected from using plated parts in alternative energy applications?

Some of the benefits that can be associated with hard chrome or electroless nickel plating on renewable energy parts include:


  • Wear resistance
  • Corrosion protection
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Low coefficient of friction
  • Heat resistance
  • Surface hardness
  • Durability
  • Electrical conductivity

Metal Coatings for Alternative Energy Applications

Solar panels and wind turbines contain a variety of parts and components that will be exposed to harsh environmental elements. All these need to have sufficient protection, primarily against corrosion, to expand the lifecycle and, ultimately, keep the costs down. Wear reduction of moving parts is crucial to keeping applications in the field longer and creating less downtime. Surface coatings like industrial hard chrome and electroless nickel are used separately, or combined, to provide the protection these essential components require.

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