Unlike most primary energy sources, wind as a body or mass is harder to quantify due to its erratic nature – which makes it even more challenging to capture. This level of dynamism means there is a limited amount of kinetic energy that a wind turbine can seize before the rest of it is driven downstream.
Despite this, its abundance is the reason why wind power is being pursued as a potentially self-sufficient source of clean energy as we move globally towards meeting new domestic and supranational emissions targets.
The productivity of a wind turbine varies from one day to the next and cannot rely only on its shape, structure and agility to produce as much wind power as it possibly can.
Design alone, therefore, goes only so far to optimising blade rotation and requires the support of a gearbox to keep the turbine operating at the speed necessary to maintain a cost-efficient flow of power drawn from the world’s atmosphere.
To ensure that wind remains a driving force in the transition to cleaner energy sources, increasing the wind turbine’s efficiency through measures such as gearbox optimisation, will be key to unlocking its potential and can help to ensure that the energy it does capture is stored and distributed resourcefully and doesn’t go to waste further down the value chain.
At a wind turbine’s centre is the gearbox that keeps the turbine turning when wind picks up and loses momentum. So, if it breaks down, the wind turbine is out of action which can lead to expensive repairs and downtime. Therefore, lubrication is important to the maintenance and upkeep of the whole operation.