No Need to Battle Windmills When Lubricating
Windmills have been a part of our cultural and economic landscape for centuries. And today, many states and cities are gearing to either add to existing wind farms or to build new ones. The untapped resources of the wind seem to be a focus of home owners, business owners, farmers, government, and even corporations.
Once a wind turbine has been erected, it still must be maintained. One of the crucial elements is the need for constant lubrication of the turbine and the gears associated with it. The constant movement and exposure to the elements requires lubrication in order to maintain functionality and performance.
With wind turbines reaching heights of 80 meters (262 feet), it becomes time consuming, dangerous, and expensive to stop the turbine in order for workers to reach the areas that need to be lubricated. Having an automatic lubrication system is the key to reduce labor, down time, and other costly aspects of continual lubrication.
Companies like Beka Max have come up with a useful solution that will:
- Continuously lubricate during running time of the turbine – reducing wear on bearing raceways and gear;
- Apply the exact amount of lubricant the right area;
- Provide grease collecting bottles to collect lubricant waste;
- Eliminate the need to mix lubricants, and;
- Lubricate automatically, even in bad weather conditions.
As cities like New York City focus attention on creating large wind farms to create sustainable energy from the wind, other factors such as ongoing maintenance will also need to be factored into the overall cost of establishing these farms. Finding ways to reduce costs (such as automatic lubrication systems) at the outset will be the key to realizing both energy savings, but also wind turbine system savings. Also, finding ways to retrofit older turbines with automatic lubrication systems will help to keep them operational and less costly for a substantial amount of time in the future.