ExxonMobil joins non-profit group to drive next-gen wind turbine solutions

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ExxonMobil brand, Mobil, has joined APQP4Wind, a non-profit organisation founded by wind turbine manufacturers and suppliers to champion quality and standardisation across the industry.

APQP4Wind membership will see Mobil collaborate with fellow members on innovations to help reduce downtime and enhance supply chain efficiencies for wind turbine operators worldwide.

“The lack of standardisation in the wind sector continues to be a critical challenge,” said Kim Nedergaard Jacobsen, general manager at APQP4Wind.

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“Without consistent quality guarantees, operators face many risks across the supply chain, affecting machine reliability and availability, and ultimately power output.

APQP4Wind members include industry majors such as Vestas, Siemens Gamesa and Ørsted, as well as a number of other utilities and suppliers working together to ensure “continuous quality improvement needed to keep pace with the ongoing trend towards decreases in the Levelized Cost of Energy within the wind industry”.

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“APQP4Wind is an important seal of quality for customers seeking reassurance,” said Elisabetta Scossa, Europe commercial manager energy at ExxonMobil fuels & lubricants EAME. “As a leading global supplier of lubricants to the wind turbine industry, ExxonMobil endorses the organisation’s support for common quality standards. Our collaboration with APQP4Wind members on product and service innovations will help wind farm operators reduce maintenance costs and enhance equipment efficiency.”

Lubricant formulation plays a critical role in wind turbine performance, according to ExxonMobil, to maintain maximum power output, and to reduce unscheduled downtime and avoidable maintenance.

This needs to be achieved even in extreme operating conditions where changes in temperature and water contamination could impact lubricant performance.

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