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Title: NREL Collaborative Improves the Reliability of Wind Turbine Gearboxes (Fact Sheet)

Gearbox failures have a significant impact on the cost of wind farm operations. To help minimize gearbox failures, in 2007 the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) initiated the Gearbox Reliability Collaborative (GRC), which consists of manufacturers, owners, researchers, and consultants. Based on all the lessons learned from the past five years, the GRC has now produced a new and improved design, which is projected to yield an operating lifetime of 12 years, more than triple that of the previous redesigned gearbox. The GRC findings will result in increased gearbox reliability and an overall reduction in the cost of wind energy.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1095400
Report Number(s):
NREL/FS-6A42-59017
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Related Information: Innovation Impact: Wind, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Wind Power Program
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
17 WIND ENERGY WIND TURBINE GEARBOX; GEARBOX RELIABILITY COLLABORATIVE; GRC; GEARBOX FAILURES; OPERATING LIFETIME; GAMESA; GE WIND; VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS; AES WIND GENERATION; EDP RENEWABLES; IBERDROLA RENEWABLES; TERRA-GEN POWER