Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Windpower - I thought these things were Clean and Green

Gear oil failures in windmills

Disconcerting to see this "malady" in the technology that's supposed to help us towards energy independence and is supposedly so very earth-friendly!

Here are some photos of what happens when transmission failures occur in windmills. I've been following the literature on this issue for years and to date no gear oil has been invented to withstand the pressures produced within these transmissions. Most recently,the government gave Dow-Corning a big grant to work on it. Previously, many others had tried and failed.


Boy they really burn good don't they.

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