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Materials Matter : The State of the Art of Wind Turbine Gearboxes

Regularly scheduled maintenance keeps turbines spinning, and the proper lubricants can extend the period between checkups.

By Mark Michaud - August 15, 2018

Much has been written here about the global growth in the wind turbine industry. Today, more than 341,320 wind turbines are operating worldwide. In particular, the number of offshore installations has exploded in the past seven years (Figures 1-2).

The continuous reliability gains in the industry have caused cost of wind turbine electricity to…


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