Innovators across the United States, Europe and beyond are racing to bring the newest renewable energy equipment technologies to market. They’re creating Clean Energy machinery in various sectors to outpace traditional fossil fuel outputs. Combined with the latest software technologies, hardware, equipment and machinery for this fast paced industry is becoming increasingly complicated. Unfortunately, the pool of manufacturers able to develop and build this type of equipment is decreasing.
PEKO’s team of product development engineers and contract manufacturing personnel is experienced in bringing new hardware to market from prototype to full-scale production volumes. Our team will review your designs, concepts, alpha or pilot builds. We partners with ambitious innovators looking to move the world with the latest energy technologies.
Trying to figure out how your company will make your clean energy machinery can be a seamless process if you work with a qualified Contract Manufacturer. In this free guide, we offer tips on what to look for when you begin your search for an alternative energy equipment contract manufacturer to be the right fit for you and your company.
Commercializing new equipment products in the green energy space takes engineering time effort and experience. This process takes many iterations and our New Product Introduction (NPI) will walk with you the entire way. This critical resources cannot be overlooked when commercializing hardware. If you’re researching a potential contract manufacturer for a new hardware product, make sure there is an NPI team to help early stage engineering efforts. PEKO’s team of New Product Introduction engineers and technicians will help fill the gaps of early stage manufacturing in preparation for scale up manufacturing volumes.
Our NPI engineering team will make on-boarding your hardware to PEKO easy with a variety of services:
PEKO’s New Product Engineering team brings with it a host of Design Engineering capabilities. This team of mechanical and controls engineers are perfectly suited for green energy equipment designs that are high in mechanical and electrical content. Whether you’ve already started a CAD model or are working directly from a spec, the design team at PEKO focus on your critical parameters for proper functional performance to prepare it for it’s next product lifecycle stage. With 40 engineers on staff driving the effort, PEKO brings Green Energy hardware designs to life. A rich suite of design resources perfectly complements our world class Contract Manufacturing capabilities.
Once a proof of concept is established, you must produce some small quantity of prototype units to understand the physical fit, form and function of the hardware and mitigate design risks. PEKO will help you determined if your equipment is “functioning as intended”. During this phase of the commercialization process, OEMs will understand whether their design is really meeting its requirements. In the realm of renewable energy, Renewable Energy OEMs are looking at things like usability, efficiency, safety and failure modes. The prototype typically won’t include all aesthetic/cosmetic features like the equipment in its ultimate form, but it will strongly parallel the function. PEKO’s engineering team employees a host of prototyping methods to bring your design to life for the first time. Our engineering team oversees the first build with experienced toolmakers and technicians. This allows them to get instant feedback and update the design and prototypes in preparation for the pilot builds. The OEM is typically working very close during this phase and providing their own feedback with each iterative lesson learned.
The pilot and pre-production phases of hardware manufacturing are usually of huge interest for Renewable OEMs. This stage of the process allows both Contract Manufacturer and OEM to truly understand how the adjustments from the prototype phase will be transferred to the production process. The goal is to bridge to the full scale manufacturing phase with the hardware design. Manufacturing layouts, Quality documentation, Regulatory, training, tooling, fixtures and other production readiness tasks are incorporated at this time. By taking time and effort to complete this phase, OEMs in the Alternative Hardware sector typically see higher quality product and lower assembly times in production.
Some important highlights of a high quality Pilot run are
Putting your product through pilot runs will drive success in launching full scale manufacturing and PEKO’s team of professionals will guide you through this process.
For most Clean Tech companies, production manufacturing is the end game for a product line. PEKO specializes in production contract manufacturing of machinery, equipment and hardware. Depending on project size and scope, our production volumes for Green Energy equipment are dozens, hundreds and sometimes thousands of units per year. With proper preparation, PEKO will set up a customized assembly line for your product. Our manufacturing experts will optimize dedicated custom layouts, review supply chain, create Quality plans and more. You’ll be assigned a dedicated Program manager to oversee the cost, quality and delivery of your products. Testing and Fulfillment is handled by PEKO to ensure product is shipped meeting your specifications. Full Service Contract Manufacturing is how we bring your product to your customer seamlessly.
Stationary fuel cells power generation is becoming an increasingly viable clean energy source. The electro-chemical reaction provides clean, efficient and reliable power off-grid. Companies all over the USA and the rest of the world have been adopting this technology with an estimated CAGR of 12%.
These systems are comprised of a Fuel Cell Stack and the Balance of Plant. The balance of plant consists of things like pumps, sensors, heat exchanger, gaskets, compressors, recirculation blowers or humidifier. All of which is packaged into shipping containers, custom enclosures, or other innovative fuel cell packaging techniques that will stand up to the various environmental conditions in which they will be placed.
If you have a new fuel cell technology, you can work with PEKO to integrate stacks into your balance of plant design. We have engineers and manufacturing personnel to prototype and scale these systems. Utilize our capabilities in your fuel cell equipment such as:
Energy Storage Systems are perfect for demand fluctuations throughout the day and are a major breakthrough in electricity distribution. Paired with renewable energy sources, Energy Storage Systems are a major driver in clean energy acceptance, making power smooth and dispatchable.
Some benefits to Energy Storage systems are stability of grid, decreased carbon emissions, increased economic value of renewable sources and job creation.
New types of storage systems are being invented everyday. Some promising technologies lie in:
Manufacuturing these systems usually requires a great deal of capital equipment due to their size and volume scale. Moreso, product development and new product introduction techniques are typically a key to success. Luckily, for Energy Storage System OEMs, PEKO has the capabilities to bring these systems to market all under one roof.
Solar cell, or photovoltaic cells, are a fundamental green energy source. The semiconductor type material used in the PV cells absorbs the light’s energy and transfer it to electrons.
Silicon is the most common type of material used in photovoltaic cells. Silicon solar cells are known for durability, efficiency and low cost. Roughly 95% of cells are made from silicon.
Up and coming technologies include thin film PV, Perovskite PV, Organic PV and quantum dots.
Manufacturing the cells to the desired quality, repeatability and efficiency ratings is the heart of successful cell manufacturing. Our manufacturing and engineering teams will help you build the highest quality solar photovoltaic equipment possible.
Wind Energy is created by harnessing the force of the wind and transferring it to electrical energy. Wind turbines, in various shapes, forms and placements are the source capturing the wind and turning it into rotational mechanical energy. A rotor spins the generator to create the electrical energy produced by the wind. Both horizontal and vertical axis wind turbines can create wind power, depending on the application. Speaking of application, where can wind energy be harnessed? The most common application of wind energy are threefold. The first is land-based, such as the wind turbines that most of us are accustomed to seeing in large wind farms or mountain ranges. Off-shore wind is harnessed using ocean winds with enormous wind turbines at sea. Distributed wind energy is usually produced on-site with smaller turbines at a customer site. Wind energy is estimated to be 20% of all US energy by 2030, according to the US Department of Energy.
Production of wind energy equipment has challenges due to its size, scale and the balancing required. Contract manufacturers of wind energy like PEKO understand and respect the physics constraints of these systems.
Let PEKO help with commercialize your wind energy equipment. Our experts can help with all aspects from design to production manufacturing.