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Making wind turbine lubricants  

Challenges: Manufacturing lubricants for the wind industry provides plenty of opportunities – and challenges. To compete in the marketplace, your lubricants must meet increasing demand for long drain intervals and reliable performance in extreme conditions, especially in low temperatures. They must handle larger loads from larger turbines in smaller gear boxes.

How we can help: To help you meet – and exceed – these demands, we provide state-of-the-art synthetic base stocks, including next-generation SpectraSyn Elite™ metallocene polyalphaolefin (mPAO) developed using our proprietary metallocene catalyst technology. SpectraSyn Elite mPAO provides higher viscosity index (VI), enhanced film thickness, improved low temperature fluidity and lower foaming than conventional high viscosity PAOs. 

You can also rely on us for world-class technical expertise that help you gain a competitive edge.

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Market trends

The wind turbine market continues to evolve, producing more energy than ever before. Two trends have significant impact on wind turbine lubricants.

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1. Larger turbines

OEMs are designing larger wind turbines to increase power generation efficiency. Additionally, OEMs are minimizing weight by decreasing the size of gearboxes, which lower sump volumes. Larger loads + smaller sumps = increased stress on lubricants.

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2. Remote locations

Good locations for new wind farms are tougher to find. Operators are forced to build in more remote areas in extreme conditions. Lubricants, therefore, must perform at wider temperature ranges. They must last longer, too, given the difficulties – and costs – of maintenance in remote areas. More than ever, lubricant performance is critical.

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    Wind turbine lubricants

    Because many wind turbines are located in remote areas, operators want longer-lasting lubricants to minimize costly and challenging maintenance. Find out how synthetic base stocks can help.

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  • The enhanced oxidative stability of metallocene polyalphaolefin

    The enhanced oxidative stability of metallocene polyalphaolefin

    Base stocks with improved oxidative stability lead to better energy efficiency, improved oil drain intervals and less oil make up. In this whitepaper ExxonMobil experts test and compare the oxidative stability of mPAO to cPAO base stocks in severe operating conditions

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    Case study – wind turbine maintenance

    Tianjin Sure Energy extends equipment life and reduces wind turbine maintenance with SpectraSyn Elite™ mPAO.

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  • Case study – technical solutions

    Dalian Hilubo uses ExxonMobil technical expertise and SpectraSyn Elite™ mPAO to succeed in competitive wind turbine marketplace.

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Broad portfolio of synthetic base stocks

  • SpectraSyn Elite™ mPAO

    High-viscosity metallocene polyalphaolefin base stock provides high performance at a wide temperature range and exceptional low-temperature properties.

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  • SpectraSyn Plus™ PAO

    Advanced low-viscosity synthetic base stock for low volatility and low-temperature fluidity to produce advanced lubricants.

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  • SpectraSyn™ Hi Vis PAO

    High viscosity base stock especially suited for industrial oils requiring high stability under harsh operating conditions.

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  • SpectraSyn™ Low Vis PAO

    Low viscosity base stock offering low-temperature fluidity, low volatility and improved thermal stability.

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  • Synesstic™ AN

    Alkylated naphthalene base stock often used as blend component for additive solvency, seal compatibility and hydrolytic stability.

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  • Esterex™ esters

    Organic esters are well-suited as a blend component for additive solvency, seal compatibility or biodegradability.

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