Shell Lubricants recently introduced a new synthetic gearbox oil designed for wind turbines in the U.S. market.
With a 10-year warranty, Shell Omala S5 Wind can help extend operational uptime and reduce unplanned breakdowns, says the company, claiming the warranty is double the industry standard.
“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,” comments Warren Cates, senior research analyst at Shell.
Shell Lubricants’ offering also includes on-site technical support and oil monitoring and reliability services.
“Shell products have been specifically developed for gearboxes, bearings and other moving parts of wind turbines,” adds Cates. “These sector-specific applications have particular demands and can carry a high penalty for poor reliability, especially if they are in remote locations. The robust wear and corrosion protection Shell Omala S5 Wind offers can help extend the service life of the gearboxes, while innovative foam control and optimal filterability also help to reduce gear and bearing damage.
“The lubricant’s 10-year warranty gives operators and equipment manufacturers alike the peace of mind that fewer oil changes during a wind turbine’s lifecycle and consistent protection against equipment wear can be achieved.”