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Wind Power Turbines Maintenance-The Essentials

Gorry Terry
 


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The energy that we use in our homes is mostly generated from harmful non-renewable energy sources that pollute our atmosphere. The solution to this problem lies in the use of renewable and ‘green’ energy through the use of wind power turbines.

Wind energy is one of a few renewable, clean energy sources that we can use in our homes and which has seen some growth in the last few years.

Many companies are building “wind farms" and selling the resultant energy into the national grid which is in turn sold on to the home owner and consumer.

Wind energy is one of the best clean energies available to us. Wind energy can be utilized with the help of a wind turbine, which converts mechanical energy into electrical. These turbines are mounted on tall towers and have different components like gearboxes, rotating shaft, generator and blades.

A problem that can affect the efficiency of a wind turbine is the lack of proper maintenance. There are not many wind turbine technicians out there. However, you should not keep running a turbine if it needs maintenance because their output will very minimal and it will barely make up for the upkeep cost.

The cost of repair on large scale wind energy systems can be a lot. For instance, the average cost of getting a new gearbox to replace the old one could be 20% of the initial cost of the wind turbine.

If you consider the expenses associated with large scale repairs, installation of a gearbox with the help of a crane, it makes sense to go for preventive maintenance techniques like rope access teams. These teams offer routine maintenance like oil changes and bolt tensioning without the need to use heavy duty equipment like cranes.

Wind turbines should be properly maintained to ensure maximum output. Prevention is always better than cure. The initial investment that you make is large and the costs associated with repairing and installing new equipment can push back the payback period on wind energy turbines. The best solution is to maintain them, and if you think that help is required for this, then hire a rope access maintenance team to do the job.

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