Alternative energy applications are a growing part of our business. Customers in sectors including hydrogen production, solar and lithium-ion battery manufacturing are looking for environmentally sound coating solutions for new and complex applications.

As well as solving their wear, erosion and corrosion needs, Hardide coatings are an integral part of a sustainable environmental strategy:

  • Reducing wastage of materials and energy though improved efficiency by reducing wear and friction
  • Reducing the risk of unplanned failures and cost of maintenance and downtime
  • Reducing fugitive emissions and risk of oil spillage

Incorporating Hardide coatings can lead to reduced resource consumption, energy savings, lower greenhouse gas emissions and a reduced carbon footprint.

The Hardide CVD coating process complies with EU & UK REACH regulations and is certified to the ISO 14001 environmental management system standard. Hardide coatings are regularly used to replace Hard Chrome plating (HCP) which uses highly toxic and carcinogenic Cr6+ salts which are restricted by REACH regulations.

The Hardide-T coating is helping to improve the manufacturing process of Li-ion batteries by reducing the wear of key components by a factor of up to 460x compared to stainless steel and improving battery efficiency by significantly cutting iron (Fe) contamination of graphite anode materials. Li-ion batteries are commonly used for electric vehicles as well as for military and aerospace applications.

Hardide-T is also used on components incorporated into the production process of a global solar energy company in Europe.

Hydrogen production is at the forefront of engineering innovation and is one the pillars that will help achieve net zero targets. We are collaborating with Cranfield University, a leading researcher in the electrolysis of water for hydrogen production, on a research project into the use of Hardide coatings as an electrode in the electrolysis of water for green hydrogen production. The project aims to develop a new material and process route to replace expensive import materials for the production of green hydrogen.

We are committed to reducing our customers’ carbon footprints and to continually developing our coating technology to widen the adoption of environmentally favourable solutions.