The role of metal spinning in the renewable sector

The role of metal spinning in the renewable sector

Metal spinning is a versatile process that is beneficial in various industries including the renewable sector. In this article, we’ll be explaining the role of metal spinning in the renewable sector, including how it is used and the benefits of it.

How is metal spinning used in the renewable sector? 

Even though metal spinning itself isn’t the main technology in the renewable sector, it plays an important role in creating the various components used in renewable energy systems. Below are some of the ways metal spinning can be applied in the renewable sector.  

Storage systems 

An essential part of renewable systems that involve storage like compressed air energy storage (CAES) or hydrogen storage is pressure vessels. Metal spinning is often used to produce key parts like pressure vessel dished ends. These parts have to meet certain requirements to safely store the compressed air or hydrogen and withstand intense pressure changes, which makes high quality metal spinning by specialist spinners extremely important.  

Other uses of metal spinning 

As experienced metal spinners, Tanfield can create several other important components for the renewable sector as well as pressure vessel dished ends. These include: 

  • Shims 
  • Water storage tank tops and bottoms 
  • Spacers 
  • Caps for tanks 
  • Bases and stands 

What are the benefits of metal spinning in the renewable sector?

Metal spinning is a cost-effective manufacturing process, especially for lower volume production. It requires less tooling in comparison to other metal forming methods, which makes it more suitable for producing bespoke parts where needed in a cost-efficient way. For businesses looking that want quality parts that can be directly applied to their specific uses within the renewable industry, metal spinning is highly beneficial.  

Metal spinning can be carried out with several different types of metal, depending on the specific needs of the renewable application, including aluminium, copper, and stainless steel to name just a few examples. This broad versatility allows manufacturers to choose the materials that best suit the project to maximise the desired properties such as corrosion resistance, durability, lightweight etc.  

Metal spinning optimises material usage which means waste is typically kept to a minimum. This benefit applies to all industries the process is used in, but it is important specifically in the context of sustainability, conserving resources, and generally aligning with the goals of the renewable sector 

The renewable sector is fairly broad with many different elements within in it, that may require specific design requirements in order for those systems to work effectively. Metal spinning can accommodate bespoke requirements with the ability to create complex shapes, which can be essential when it comes to ensuring all the components fit and function exactly as they are meant to.  

In comparison to other types of metal forming methods, metal spinning is a fairly energy efficient process. Similar to the efficiency of the process itself in reducing waste, being more energy efficient is beneficial in supporting the goal of the renewable sector to reduce the negative environmental impact of manufacturing processes.

Metal spinning allows lightweight parts to be produced aesthetically without compromising on other key properties like strength. This is useful in the renewable sector where striking the balance between weight and strength is important to the performance of the part within the overall system, and in situations where the visual element is relevant to the metal spun part too.  


Metal spinning plays and integral role in the renewable sector and benefits it in various different ways. If you’re looking for high quality metal spinning services for your renewable project, don’t hesitate to contact Tanfield Metal Spinners today to discuss your requirements. You can reach one of our friendly north east metal spinners by emailing or calling us on 0191 4193377.  

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