Lubricants

Fluitec releases environmentally sustainable gear oil for turbines

Fluitec International LLC, based in Jersey City, N.J., U.S.A., has released an environmentally sustainable gear oil, Breeze 320, specifically designed for heavy-duty operation in the wind industry. It is estimated to use 75% less lubricant during the life of a wind turbine, translating to 10 tons of carbon dioxide not released into the atmosphere.

Fluitec CEO Frank Magnotti said that the product “reduces oil costs by at least 60% over the life of your wind turbine. It also increases gear oil performance by ensuring maximum protection by having a premium gear consistently running with high additive levels. Breeze 320 also eliminates the costs of oil changes and up-tower flushing.”

Fluitec Science and Technology Director Cristian Soto announced that Breeze 320, which has gained OEM approval and been through up tower testing, has a lifespan of 15 or more years, especially when used with proprietary key technologies based on in-field replenishment of additives.

Breeze 320 was developed for the heavy-duty gear environment of wind turbine main gears, as well as oil-lubricated rolling bearings that exceed the minimum requirements of ASTM DIN 51517-3, Lubricating Oils CLP, Minimum Requirements. The standard, published in 2014, was developed by ASTM and DIN, the German Institute for Standardisation.

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