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Wind Turbines

When it comes to the safety of your wind turbine operation, lubrication can have a bigger impact than expected.

This is according to Rainer Lange, ExxonMobil SHC Brand Advisor for Europe, Africa and Meddle East region.

“Reason being that operational safety risks to an operation are typically greater during equipment servicing and maintenance,” says Lange.

Prior to inspecting equipment, to determine if any additional servicing is required before filing components with the new oil, a routine oil change which can be a fairly straightforward process for ground-based equipment, becomes much more complex for wind turbine equipment as maintenance teams must ascend the tower, at times to elevations as high as 121.92 meters.

This is not easily achieved, which is why one of the most effective opportunities to enhance the safety of a wind turbine operation is by reducing human-machine interaction (HMI) or the frequency which maintenance personnel interact with wind turbine equipment.

Reducing HMIs requires having a robust lubrication programme that prevents unnecessary downtime and extends the service intervals of wind turbine equipment.

“Extreme cold temperatures commonly occur in many places that also have high wind energy potential,” says Lange. “In places like northern Asia, Scandinavia, the northern United States and Canada, high wind conditions make protecting wind turbine equipment challenging,” says Brad Pricket, ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants Senior Lubrication Engineer.

“With Mobil SHC Grease 102WT operators can keep turbines running in these extreme conditions, helping them decrease downtime and reduce maintenance costs,” says Lange.

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