Extending main-shaft bearing life in wind turbines

By WPED Contributor By David de Garavilla & Dr. Xiaobo ZhouSKF
The renewable energy sector is being forced to reduce the levelized cost of electricity (LCoE). The wind energy industry is striving to match or exceed the LCoE of traditional energy sources. Due to the cost of the equipment combined with the lower relative operations and maintenance costs compared to traditional energy, the driving factors in reducing the LCoE in wind are the costs of the equipment and uptime.
Uptime in wind turbines is critical to the future of the energy source. In the past years, SKF scientists and research engineers conducted systematic investigation and

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