Find. Fix. Eliminate. – Rest assured! Your main shaft assembly is in trusting hands
High-quality maintenance consists of more than just repairing a faulty component. SKF offers a wide range of products and services, so wind farm operators don’t have to worry in case of breakdown or emergency. Read for yourself!
Upgrading aging wind turbines – The importance of bearing replacement
As wind turbine performance declines, it could be that crucial components are nearing the end of their service life. This leaves wind farm operators at a crossroads. On the one hand, replacing aging parts means downtime and lost production, but could it also be an opportunity for them to improve the existing infrastructure?
Dancing with the wind – Pitch and yaw systems
Wind turbines rely on pitch and yaw systems for optimized energy capture and durability. In this article, we explore the two critical systems, focusing on how they adjust turbine alignment and blade angles in response to wind conditions.
Wind turbine generators – Mechanics, malfunctions, and failure prevention
Kinetic energy conversion lies at the heart of wind energy production, with the generator playing the pivotal role. This article ventures into the world of wind turbine generators, exploring how they work, analyzing potential malfunctions and their causes, and offering preventive solutions.
Battling against the elements – How to effectively protect turbine blades
Protecting turbine blades is an ongoing challenge for the wind industry, and preventative measures are necessary to minimize downtime and lost energy production. This article details the common types of damage blades are vulnerable to as well as proper solutions to help prolong their lifespan.
Strong as a tree – Can wooden wind turbines transform the industry?
Wind turbine towers are mostly built out of steel, making them burdensome to transport. The heavy mass is not the only downside of these massive constructions. Although intended to generate renewable power, their manufacturing process is not as environmentally friendly as one might hope. But there is a solution: Swapping steel with wood.
Lubrication at new heights – Lubrication Part 2 – How wind turbines run like clockwork – around the clock
In mechanical systems, the perpetual friction of moving components is an acute problem. The only way to minimize the likelihood of major damage is with regular lubrication – a tough task when it comes to wind turbines.
Inspecto-drones – How can drones support turbine maintenance?
Drones are fast, agile, and make light work of reaching high altitudes. But that doesn't necessarily mean they will revolutionize wind turbine maintenance overnight. Incidentally, we are still waiting for the big drone breakthrough in the industry. When is it going to happen?
Towards Testing 4.0 – How SKF helps shape the future of wind energy
The demand on wind turbines is increasing. It is the same for the roller bearings that enable their smooth operation. These bearings must withstand ever-higher loads, moments, and harsh conditions, while still increasing efficiency and reliability as demand rises. To help companies meet these challenges, SKF analyzes large-scale roller bearing behavior under extreme and real conditions at the Sven Wingquist Test Center.