Mobil SHC lubricants and greases help unleash wind turbine power with advance productivity.

Supporting the growth of the wind industry Mobil Industrial Lubricants are used in over 40,000 wind turbine gear boxes across the world. The products are designed to meet the challenges of the wind industry, minimize maintenance and reduce human to equipment interface. This significant achievement demonstrates how Mobil products are enabling the worldwide wind industry to perform efficiently, even under the most extreme climatic conditions as well as cost competitive. ExxonMobil Lubricants Private Limited is participating at Windergy India 2017, the largest annual conference and exhibition on Wind Energy in India which is being held from 25th to 27th April 2017 at The Ashok, New Delhi.

ExxonMobil showcased its Mobil SHC™ Gear 320 WT at Windergy 2017. Mobil SHC™ Gear 320 WT is the most preferred advanced wind turbine gear lubricant which is used for protecting wind turbine gearboxes operating under extreme conditions, such as extremely low or high temperatures and corrosive environments. This synthetic wind turbine gearbox oil is formulated to provide excellent protection against conventional wear modes such as scuffing, while providing a high level of resistance against micropitting fatigue. Mobil SHC Gear 320 WT wind turbine lubrication maximizes equipment productivity by minimizing unscheduled downtime and maintenance, extends gear and bearing life under high-stress operating conditions.

Moreover, the wax-free nature of synthetic fluids and the low coefficient of traction provide excellent low temperature pumpability and very low starting and running torque. Backed by the 7 years limited warranty promise, it offers extended oil life. Mobil’s field demonstration with equipment builders has also helped to confirm the results from laboratory tests demonstrating the exceptional performance of Mobil SHC Gear 320 WT advanced wind turbine gear lubricant, and gaining the approval of leading gearbox builders globally.

India is ranked the 4th largest wind energy producer in the world with a potential to grow over a period of time. Presently India has an installed capacity of 27,509.0 MW of wind energy making (4.3% of total wind energy produced across the globe). Windergy is a perfect platform for ExxonMobil to engage with industry leaders and showcase its wind energy portfolio. Wind energy brings low component running cost, which makes it an optimal source of energy in the long run. But when it comes to wind energy generation, wind turbine lubricants need to last long and offer excellent oxidation and shear stability, all the while protecting key turbine components such as gears from micropitting and main bearings from failure etc. 

"Wind industry is a growing market with a large number of new entrants tapping this segment. To successfully run operations today requires not only efficiency and productivity but also ensure safety by reducing risks in human to machine interface as well as control and reduce environmental impact.  Mobil’s synthetic lubricants are designed to help in Advancing Productivity, which means Mobil lubrication solutions help mitigate potential employee risks arising from direct contact with equipment, helps in reducing carbon footprint, achieve the operational goals and enhance competitiveness by increasing efficiency, reliability and productivity.Our specially designed synthetic oils and greasesprovide excellent protection against wear, rust and corrosionadding to improved performance, longevity of equipment as well as wind turbine productivity”, said Mr. Glen Sharkowicz, Industrial Marketing Manager Asia Pacific at ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

ExxonMobil offers a wide portfolio of products for the rapidly growing wind industry; it has also been at the forefront of developments in the wind energy sector for over 30 years through experienced field engineers and industry-leading used oil analysis service. They work closely with equipment builders to gain insights into their requirements. The formulators then use these insights to build outstanding lubricants that are well supported by builder approvals.

“India is the fourth largest wind energy producer in the world. The government has taken various initiatives to grow the sector and we are able to support it through our extensive product portfolio. Our gear oils and greases are designed to ensure adequate and optimized performance of wind turbines, while preserving the life of the gear box and other critical components, extend oil drain intervals and reduce overall maintenance costs. We are committed to helping the wind industry in India reach higher levels of efficiency and productivity,” said Shankar Karnik, General Manager Industrial, ExxonMobil Lubricants Pvt. Ltd.

At Windergy, ExxonMobil further showcased Mobil SHC™ Grease 102 WT and Mobil SHC™ Grease 460 WT. Mobil SHC™ Grease 102 WT is a new synthetic grease which protects wind turbine bearings from extreme temperature conditions as high as 120 degrees Celsius to as low as -50 degrees Celsius. Mobil SHC™ Grease 460 WT is a superior performance lubricant especially suited to exceed the demanding requirements of wind turbine applications at extreme temperatures. It is widely used by all leading builders in India and across the globe for their main bearings. Mobil SHC™ Grease 460 WT has become the first fill product of choice for many wind turbine builders and component suppliers. Compared to conventional greases the benefits of this synthetic grease include longer grease life, enhanced false brinelling protection and bearing life, wide temperature range of application, and the potential for improved mechanical efficiency. For both the greases, the unique features of synthetic base fluids are combined with those of a high quality lithium complex thickener. The lithium complex thickener contributes excellent adhesion, structural stability and resistance to water.

Mobil lubricants helps the wind industry increase efficiency, productivity which leads to longevity of assets and longer oil life reduces the frequency of oil change. A key factor in the development of Mobil lubricants is the close contact between ExxonMobil scientists and application specialists with key OEMs to ensure that the product offering provides exceptional performance with the rapidly evolving gear designs and operation. Counting on the technology leadership and application expertise behind Mobil Lubricants helps reinforce the productivity of wind turbines and helps in OEMs achieve success.



Wind Power | News published on 28/04/2017 by Rashmi Nargundkar

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