Moventas Americas announces a breakthrough suite of technologies known as Extra Life, designed to address the failures of the gearboxes in the GE 1.5 fleet in North America.
Moventas, the leading wind gearbox manufacturer and service provider, is proud to announce a breakthrough suite of technologies known as Extra Life designed to address the failures of the gearboxes in the GE 1.5 fleet in North America. The Extra Life for GE 1.5 gearbox is the culmination of 35 years of wind gearbox expertise Moventas gained repairing GE 1.5 gearboxes, and will carry the industry’s most comprehensive five-year warranty that covers both crane costs and turbine downtime.
The Extra Life for GE 1.5 is the most reliable and lowest total cost of ownership replacement gearbox available as all significant failure modes have been tackled. Possibly the most important feature of the Extra Life is the industry’s strongest planet stage. The planet stage for the Extra Life has a special case carburized structure with integrated planetary bearings and improved pitting safety.
In addition to the strongest planetary stage, there are several key technical upgrades. The Extra Life’s upgraded bearings address white etch cracking bearing failures that plague all gearboxes. Additionally, its upgraded raw material specifications for the intermediate and high speed gearing should eliminate inclusion based failure modes.
Enhanced lubrication filtration pulls out smaller metal particles that could damage internal parts. Lastly, 24/7 vibration and oil particle condition management are included as standard. All these specially designed features developed by Moventas combine to significantly prolong gearbox life avoiding costly downtime for repairs.
Moventas will begin deliveries of the Extra Life for GE 1.5 in Q1 2016 to customers in North America. “We leveraged our many years of experience in gearbox service and repair to have our engineers develop a worry-free gearbox designed to save our customers money and downtime,” said Mike Grunow, VP of Sales and Marketing for Moventas Americas. “Moventas stands behind the product with a comprehensive 5-year warranty that covers any crane costs that would arise, and any lost energy production.”
Moventas North America is a pioneering multi-brand wind drivetrain service company with over 35 years of wind turbine gearbox design, manufacturing and service experience. Our comprehensive suite of wind drivetrain services covers over 85% of the installed wind fleet with shop repair, less expensive up-tower repair along with monitoring and inspection services to lower our customers’ cost of electricity. Our four service and manufacturing facilities in North America are all located in the main wind energy corridors and offer fast and responsive services.