In sealing a deal Jan. 18 with a group of wind energy partners in China, AMSOIL owner, president and CEO Alan Amatuzio gave his partners UMD hockey sweaters graced with culturally lucky numbers.
The wind industry is changing and growing quickly. There are now more than 89,077 MW of wind energy installed across 41 states. To keep up with clean-energy demands, wind turbines have had to become more powerful and reliable. This means wind turbines are expected to run more efficiently and for longer periods with less maintenance — and that means every component must operate flawlessly.
Cooling systems of all types are often poorly maintained, incorrectly serviced, or completely ignored. There is certainly room for improvement in this area in industrial applications, and the wind energy industry is no exception. These problems are likely due to issues within cooling systems that occur over a long period of time, enabling poor maintenance because the harm that’s caused is not immediate. However, to help put it in perspective, up to 40 percent of engine failures have been attributed to cooling system problems. Cooling system issues contribute to frustrations within the wind industry, too. Wind farm owners and operators are looking deeper into the increased numbers of insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) failures within their converter’s electrical system. The good news is that there are ways to prevent cooling system-related problems.
What criteria should be considered when selecting lubricants for wind turbines?
Oil and other lubricants play important roles in keeping today's wind turbines running reliably and efficiently. Because of the extreme conditions most turbines face and number of different parts that require lubrication, there is no specified set of criteria for choosing the right product, which makes careful section essential.
AMSOIL Receives Wind Turbine Gear Oil Approval From General Electric and Winergy
AMSOIL, the leader in synthetic lubricant technology, is bringing its extensive technical knowledge to the wind turbine market. AMSOIL Synthetic Power Transmission EP Gear Oil ISO 320 has been granted second fill approval by General Electric Company for use in GE wind turbines during warranty, and Winergy gear oil approval.
Promoting Wind Turbine Efficiency
Wind turbine gearboxes represent one of the most challenging lubricant applications in the industrial world. AMSOIL INC., a leader in synthetic lubricant technology, engineered and manufactured a premium gear lube that meets these challenges.
Excessive Water In Gear Oil Shortens Bearing Life
The additives in wind turbine gear oils can be very different for each manufacturer. Even the same manufacturer may use different additives for specific gear oils. Some of these additives absorb more water than others and may cause excessive gearbox wear1, 2, 3. Excess water in wind turbine gear oil is associated with many negative effects.
Community - AMSOIL Synthetic Lubricants
Though the company was founded in 1972, the story of AMSOIL INC. begins in the mid-1960's, when Lt. Col. A.J. "Al" Amatuzio, a jet fighter squadron commander, was impressed by the superb performance of synthetic lubricants in jet engines and began considering their possible automotive applications. In 1972, after an intense period of research and development, Amatuzio introduced the first synthetic motor oil to exceed API automobile service requirements.
AMSOIL INC. is the world’s first and only lubricant supplier to earn APQP4Wind certification. APQP4Wind is a non-profit organization founded by the world’s leading wind-turbine manufacturers and suppliers. Its mission is to standardize and simplify processes that ensure product quality across the wind industry. The organization strengthens and facilitates relationships between manufacturers and suppliers to increase efficiency.
AMSOIL PTN 320 has been selected as the factory-fill and factory run-in oil by Gearbox Express, North America’s largest independent remanufacturer of gearbox assemblies and main shafts for the wind turbine industry. The partnership shines a light on a growing industry in a state not yet widely known for wind power.
In a public signing ceremony, global wind industry leaders Envision Energy, NGC, CLCP and AMSOIL officially became strategic partners in the world’s largest renewable energy market. The China Wind Energy Association and other guests gathered in Beijing to witness the wind energy leaders signing the “Powering the World’s Renewable Future” agreement.
Following years of committed partnership, field testing, and data-backed results with worldwide customers, AMSOIL has been selected by ZF Wind Power for gearbox lubrication during end-of-line testing at all of its manufacturing locations, including Lommel, Belgium; Witten, Germany; Tianjin, China; Coimbatore, India; and its service facility in Vernon Hills, U.S.
CanWEA's Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Summit is the largest annual wind operations event in Canada.
The AWEA Operations & Maintenance and Safety Conference is where the industry comes together to recognize unique challenges and identify solutions in four main sectors:
- Health & safety
- Workforce training & development
- Quality assurance
WIND EXPO TOKYO
Feb. 26-28, 2020 - Aomi Hall, Japan
WIND EXPO is Japan's largest wind energy show. From components, devices, various services to wind turbines...a wide range of cutting-edge products and technologies will be exhibited.