US-based oil major ExxonMobil is collaborating with the Wind Energy Institute of Canada (WEICan) to work on creating next-generation lubricants for the wind industry.
WEICan is located on Prince Edward Island at a remote location on the northern tip, alongside 80-metre-tall wind turbines. Researchers, scientists and other experts from academia, industry and government work there to progress the technology for wind power generation.
The institute’s scientific director, Marianne Rodgers, said that many people don’t understand how much wind turbines rely on lubrication for all their moving parts, from blades to internal components, to run reliably and efficiently. Advanced lubricants can help minimise both unplanned and routine maintenance, meaning that turbines are able to generate electricity for more of the time.
This is part of the reason why ExxonMobil developed products like Mobil SHC Gear 320 WT, in order to endure the extreme conditions that the industry often operates in, with these products being used in some 40,000 turbines around the world. ExxonMobil technology manager, Gary Dudley, said about the company’s relationship with WEICan:
“…WEICan owns and operates their turbines, giving them a deep understanding of the day-to-day operations. And they’re a highly respected research organisation within the industry. By collaborating with them, we’re combining our respective areas of expertise so that together we can help advance the wind energy industry.”
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