As the wind energy industry sees sturdy growth, businesses are gearing up for surging demand. Amid what is likely to be an increasingly competitive global market, manufacturers and suppliers will need to show consistently high levels of products, services and support in order to keep a strong client base. Kirsten Tschauder of Castrol Industrial Lubricants & Services explains why her company is well positioned to take on the challenge.
PES: How did Castrol Industrial Lubricants & Services get involved in wind energy?
Kirsten Tschauder: Our involvement dates back to the 1980s, when we started working with OEMs supplying wind turbine manufacturers. They were looking for products to overcome some of the problems that were seen at that time, and micro pitting was a particular issue. This phenomenon is still one of the main concerns today in gearbox-driven units. Using experience we had gained in other industries, coupled with the special additive systems in our gear oils, we were able to improve gear life, leading to improved reliability and operating uptime.
PES: How are you organised to serve the Wind Energy industry?