Shell launches 10-year warranty gearbox oil to U.S. market

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Shell Lubricants unveiled a new synthetic gearbox oil for wind turbines in the U.S. market at AWEA WINDPOWER 2019 in Houston, Texas.

With a 10-year warranty, Shell Omala S5 Wind can help to extend operational uptime and reduce unplanned breakdown by offering enhanced protection.

“70 percent of U.S. power businesses don’t realize that effective lubrication can lead to shorter periods of equipment downtime, having negative ramifications on the bottom-line,” said Warren Cates, senior research scientist at Shell. “Improving this aspect of equipment maintenance can make a significant impact on profitability. Shell’s range of wind turbine gearbox lubricants are designed specifically for exceptional oil life under various extreme conditions, as is demanded by America’s varied climate.”

Gearbox operations and management can be particularly demanding, often in remote locations and challenging weather conditions. (Courtesy: Shell Lubricants)

Gearbox operations and management can be particularly demanding, often in remote locations and challenging weather conditions. They must withstand extremes of hot and/or cold climates, water, dust, and fluctuating wind speeds. These severe conditions and varying loads can cause damage to the gearboxes, including micro-pitting. If a gearbox failure occurs, it can cause significant equipment downtime, leading to monetary loss. With more than 56,600 wind turbines now active across 41 states, with a combined capacity of 97,223 MW, operational efficiency has never been of more importance in the U.S.

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