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OILS & LUBRICANTS


REDUCING SAFETY RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH WIND TURBINE MAINTENANCE


Wind turbines are particularly challenging to maintain, given the tight quarters and great heights of the gearboxes. So, what can operators do to reduce the safety risks associated with wind turbine maintenance?


It wasn’t very long ago that wind turbine gearbox oils had an expected service life of only 18 months. But today, advanced gearbox oils have been shown to last over seven years in continuous service, and performance continues to improve.


MONITORING OIL CONDITION Implementing a routine oil analysis program is crucial to ensuring successful operations over the long haul and reducing the occurrence of maintenance issues.


There are two major areas that operators can focus to reduce instances of HMI (human-machine interactions) in wind turbine maintenance


1 Choosing the right oil – convert operations to a high-performance synthetic turbine gearbox lubricant


2 Monitoring oil condition – implement a routine gearbox oil analysis programme


CHOOSING THE RIGHT OIL A high-performance, synthetic gearbox oil can go a long way toward protecting gearbox componentry from wear, thus reducing the need for HMI.


NEW GEARBOX OIL


Recently, ExxonMobil introduced its latest solution for the wind industry, Mobil SHCTM Gear 320 WT. This new gearbox oil has been shown to provide exceptional protection against conventional wear modes such as scuffing, as well as a high level of resistance against micropitting fatigue, even under extreme temperatures and harsh operating conditions. These benefits not only help enhance gear life and extend oil drain intervals, but they can also help reduce unplanned maintenance downtime, minimising the safety risks associated with employee-equipment interaction.


By taking a proactive approach to maintenance and regularly sampling gearbox oil, operators can identify turbine reliability issues and lubricant degradation before they cause critical equipment failure, thus helping enhance safety by reducing the frequency for maintenance personnel to interact with equipment.


Tom Schiff


Global Field Engineering Support Manager


ExxonMobil Lubricants


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