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.
Wind turbine gear oil
- Optimize base stock and additive compatibility
- Perform initial testing and obtain industrial gear oil approvals
Wind turbine grease
The wind turbine market continues to evolve, producing more energy than ever before. Two trends have significant impact on wind turbine lubricants.
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.
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.
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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