Renewable energy efforts gradually influence the construction of power generation structures and transportation systems. Consequently, they rely on high-quality seals and gaskets to ensure proper functioning throughout the year. For instance, seals in the wind and solar energy applications must withstand environmental factors — rain, snow, hail, dust — that could harm the sealing component.
As an ISO 9001:2015-certified supplier, we at Mercer Gasket & Shim demonstrate our commitment to product and service quality. We are an industry leader in producing custom seals, gaskets, and other critical industrial supplies and components. We also offer various cutting services, including waterjet, laser, knife, and flatbed die.
Seals and Gaskets in the Electric Vehicle Industry
As of 2020, there were already 10 million EVs on the roads worldwide. Sealing products are used in the EV industry to provide environmental security and insulation. Thus, the global market for gaskets and seals is expected to expand steadily as the production of automobiles in Asia-Pacific markets increases.
The global automotive gaskets and seals market outlook is divided by industrial applications, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, marine, and rail. They are also categorized into the following material segments:
EV Battery System Sealing
Gaskets and seals are primarily used in EV battery systems. The battery packs are encased inside panels that make up the upper and lower housing, with a gasket or seal separating the sections. They also keep particles and liquids out of these housing areas. Furthermore, they are used in hybrid vehicle battery seals, which are extremely vulnerable to temperature changes.
The four major types of EV battery gaskets are as follows:
- EV battery cover gaskets
- EV battery compartment gaskets
- EMI shielding gaskets
- Flame resistant gaskets
Seals and Gaskets in the Renewable Energy Industry
The rapid expansion of wind and solar power in the previous years has given promising opportunities to global initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and constrain climate change-related consequences. Further, the rising energy demand in the coming years may adversely affect supply chain limitations and interconnection inefficiencies, resulting in higher costs and extended project timelines.
The global gasket and seal materials market is expanding rapidly in developing countries as several manufacturers relocate their production facilities there. Factors such as raw material availability, cheap labor, low transportation costs, and less restrictive government policies drive market growth.
The Best Rubber Seal Materials for Renewable Energy
Material selection is critical, particularly in the renewable energy industry. This includes choosing materials with properties that can withstand exposure to harsh environmental conditions. Here are some of the most common seal materials:
- Rubber O-rings
- Rubber extrusions
- Rubber gaskets
- Slew ring seals
- Pneumatic seals
- Coupling rubbers
Mercer Gasket & Shim Solutions for the Electric Vehicle Industry and Clean Energy Markets
At Mercer Gasket & Shim, we are fully equipped with cutting-edge technology and equipment to meet specific industrial applications for all gaskets, seals, and other products manufactured. We also thrive at delivering exceptional supplies with speed, flexibility, and convenience.
We offer the following products and services that can be tailored to our customers’ EV and renewable energy needs:
Custom O-Rings, Gaskets, and Seals
Mercer Gasket & Shim is a market leader in custom O-rings, gaskets, and seals. We provide a diverse range of certified elastomer materials with specialized formulations that provide high-performance service in various applications. Besides that, our manufacturing team handles sealing projects — from concept to seal validation, prototyping, and production — with a hands-on approach.
Solar Slip Sheets
Solar slip sheets are critical components of roof-mounted solar power installations. They are commonly made of rubber or plastic sheets installed between the solar racking system’s base mounts and the roof’s surface. Mercer Gasket & Shim provides custom slip sheet materials to complement the footprint of our customer’s solar power system.
At Mercer Gasket & Shim, we offer various cutting services and capabilities for our custom sealing products. These include the following:
- Laser Cutting: We have high-quality laser cutters to fabricate parts and components for solar, wind, and geothermal products.
- Waterjet Cutting: Our waterjet cutting service provides the flexibility, precision, and versatility required in EV production.
- Flatbed Die Cutting: We have a high-quality flatbed die-cutter that is ideal for the large production of EV gaskets out of thin materials.
- Knife Cutting: Our highly accurate knife-cutting capabilities enable us to provide dependable, flexible solutions for custom gaskets.
Contact Our Experts for Premium Industrial Sealing Solutions
Mercer Gasket & Shim has developed a reputation for delivering high-quality sealing solutions with quick turnaround times! We provide our customers with products and services under strict quality control management. Moreover, we offer material recommendations, CAD design, building-to-print services, engineering support, and additional assistance.