ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants (Belgium) redefined guaranteed wind turbine gearbox lubricant performance and protection at the 2014 Wind Energy Hamburg trade show in Germany (23-26 September), with the introduction of Mobil SHC™ Gear 320 WT - the company's newest, high-performance synthetic wind turbine gear oil.
As the industry's first gearbox lubricant to be backed by a seven-year warranty, Mobil SHC Gear 320 WT is formulated to help deliver outstanding protection for critical turbine components over long oil-drain intervals - a critical consideration for wind farms, which often operate in harsh climates and remote locations.
The next-generation turbine gearbox oil can help maximise equipment reliability and availability. The first wind turbine gearbox oil is backed by seven-year warranty and certified for aquatic non-toxicity applications by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) 493/02 test.
In extensive bench and rig testing, Mobil SHC Gear 320 WT has shown the ability to deliver the specific, key performance benefits needed to support wind turbines operating in a wide range of onshore and offshore conditions, including:
· Outstanding protection again micropitting and wear;
· Reliable foam-control performance;
· Exceptional water tolerance;
· Superb oxidative stability and excellent viscometrics, even at temperatures as low as -45º Celsius (-49 Fahrenheit).
"With its exceptional testing results and our unprecedented seven-year warranty, wind turbine operators can have peace of mind in the advanced formulation and performance capabilities of Mobil SHC Gear 320 WT," said Rainer Lange, Mobil SHC brand advisor-EAME, ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants. "And, as the operational capacity of new generation wind turbines soars from single to double-digit megawatt power, we are certain that Mobil SHC Gear 320 WT can help future-proof investments in new wind technology."
Subject to the terms and conditions of ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants' seven-year limited warranty for Mobil SHC Gear 320 WT, the company will bear any costs required and adequate to repair and/or replace any equipment damaged as a result of a lubricant defect or malfunction.
The new flagship lubricant is approved for aquatic non-toxicity, as determined by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) 493/02 test.