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Prevailing
Wind
O

nce, wind power was a novelty
in the U.S., something like
"a new toy," said Jesse Dilk,
business unit manager for wind energy
at Kl├╝ber Lubrication North America.
Industry players hiked a steep learning
curve on operating and maintaining
their massive towers. As the novelty
wore off, the benefits emerged.
"Wind power began growing in the
role it would play against fossil fuels,
the traditional energy sources in the
U.S. and Canada," said Dilk. "It really
has a foothold now. It's something
that's legitimate and is a real player."
The rest of the world also sees the
advantages of wind power, driving

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SEPTEMBER 2020

| COMPOUNDINGS | ILMA.ORG

A look inside an
advancing segment of
the lubricants industry
By M. Diane McCormick	

global growth. Among alternative
energies, wind power holds the most
promise for lubricants, but key players
agree that success demands persistence,
patience and innovation.

Wind and Lubricants
Globally, wind power installed
capacity grew by 22% from 2005 to
2015, and global lubricant consumption in the wind energy section rose in
tandem - by 21%, reaching 35 to 40
kilotons a year, according to market
analyst Kline & Co.
An array of complexities lurks behind
the simple concept of capturing wind
to turn blades and generate electricity.

Wind power farms go where the wind
is, from the frigid Northwest Territories
of Canada to the heat and sand of an
Omani desert. Offshore wind power
- expected to be the fastest-growing
segment of the market - occupies
ocean waters prone to storms and
sensitive to toxic spills.
Inside the turbines are lubrication
points demanding gear oils, hydraulic
oils or greases, including the gearbox,
open gear, pitch gear, pitch bearing,
rotor shaft, yaw bearing, yaw gear,
hydraulic systems and generator
bearings.
Operating under extremes of
temperature and movement, those


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