Assessing the Potential for Improved Lubricants to Reduce Wind O&M Costs

Research output: NRELPresentation


Lubrication is a key aspect of maintaining a wind turbine in operational condition. In this study, we quantify the potential for increasing energy production and reducing maintenance costs across the current and future U.S. fleet of wind turbines as a result of improvements in lubrication performance. The modeled improvements reduce the median levelized cost of energy by 1-2% across the U.S. fleet. Extending the lubricant replacement interval has a larger impact on total cost and energy production than reducing lubricant cost.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages23
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePresented at the North American Wind Energy Academy (NAWEA)/WindTech 2023 Conference, 30 October - 1 November 2023, Denver, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5000-87660


  • lubricant
  • maintenance
  • operations
  • wind turbines


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