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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.

Illustration of increasing turbine heights and blade lengths over time

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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