Technological Transformations and New Product Innovations to Elevate Wind Turbine Gear Oil Market

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Global Wind Turbine Gear Oil Market: Introduction

Since early recorded history, humans have been harnessing the energy of wind through various devices, such as wind turbines. Wind energy has been developing very rapidly in the past years. Wind turbines are machines that utilize wind energy to generate electric power. The installation of wind turbines has undergone a significant growth rate of double-digits in the last decade. Wind turbines consist of various components, such as nacelles, brakes, rotors, yaw systems, drive systems, and wind turbine gearboxes. The wind turbine gearbox is the most crucial component in terms of high rates of failure and downtime.

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The Effect of Water on Wind Turbine Gear Oil

More than a few recent wind industry discussions have focused on the effect of high water content in wind turbine gear oil. Some research suggests that high-water content could be problematic for rolling contacts (friction) and have a detrimental effect on bearing life. The impact of water content in synthetic waind turbine gear oil depends on whether the water content is near its saturation limit and if it fully dissolves in the lube.

A few conventional synthetic hydrocarbon-based wind turbine gear oil include those referred to as ashless, and sulfur or phosphorous additive package. In contrast, non-ashless or organo-metallic wind turbine gear oil is also based on synthetic hydrocarbons, a special plastic deformation (PD), and a surface improvement additive package. When activated by high specific loads and corresponding temperatures, synthetic wind turbine gear oil helps equalize roughness without creating abrasion leading to the surface improvement.

Organo-metallic wind turbine gear oil is designed to protect and maximize the performance of wind turbine gearboxes. This formulation offers high-load carrying capability and a low coefficient of friction with superior protection against micropitting. The wind turbine gear oil can even reverse some gearbox damage.

A well-known and independent testing tribological research organization, conducted a series of tests to measure the effect of water in different lubricants and lubrication regimes, and report on the findings.

The poly-alpha-olefin-based, ISO 320-grade wind turbine gear oil tested include:

  • Conventional ashless lubricant with an additive – its typical saturation limit of water is at 60° C and around 250 ppm
  • PD additive (organo-metallic) with a saturation limit of water typically at 60° C and around 1,000 ppm

Global Wind Turbine Gear Oil Market: Key Participants

Examples of some of the market participants in the global wind turbine gear oil market discerned across the value chain:

  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Castrol Limited
  • Croda International Plc
  • Klüber Lubrication NA LP
  • The Lubrizol Corporation
  • LUBRITA Europe B.V.
  • Neste Oyj
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Petro?Canada Lubricants Inc.
  • Total S.A.

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Global Wind Turbine Gear Oil Market: Market Dynamics

The massive deployment of wind turbines across the globe has been attributed to the support of public policies. Importantly, two main drivers that influence the wind turbine gear oil market are specifications and changes in wind turbine gearboxes. Geographic-specific specifications result in more stringent performance standards for wind turbine gear oil.

Wind energy makes a significant contribution to energy and climate objectives, energy security, and competitiveness in many countries. Thus, substantial demand for wind turbine gear oil is poised to endure in the forthcoming years. In the future, biodegradable wind turbine gear oils with increased service life may carve out a place in the market. Further, a drop in the demand for wind turbines may likely impede the growth of the wind turbine gear oil market.

Existing manufacturers of wind turbine gear oil face strong competition in the wake of emerging suppliers, particularly in China. New and high-performance synthetic wind turbine gear oils are subject to the tests of OEMs in order to meet a number of universal standards.

Global Wind Turbine Gear Oil Market: Market Segmentation

The global wind turbine gear oil market can be segmented on the basis of sales channel, application, and region.

On the basis of sales channel, the global wind turbine gear oil market can be segmented as:

  • Aftermarket
  • OEMs

On the basis of application, the global wind turbine gear oil market can be segmented as:

  • Light-duty Purpose
  • High-duty Purpose
  • Others

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