Wind Turbine Drivetrain Reliability Collaborative Workshop: A Recap

Jonathan Keller, Aaron Greco, Jason Cotrell

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The Wind Turbine Drivetrain Reliability Collaborative Workshop was convened by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Argonne National Laboratory, and the U.S. Department of Energy to explore the state of the art in wind turbine drivetrain mechanical system reliability as well as research and development (R&D) challenges that if solved could have significant benefits. The workshop was held at the Research Support Facility on NREL's main campus in Golden, Colorado, from February 16-17, 2016. More than 120 attendees participated from industry, academia, and government. Plenary presentations covered wind turbine drivetrain design, testing, and analysis; tribology -- the science and engineering of interacting surfaces in relative motion -- and failure modes; and condition monitoring and data analytics. In addition to the presentations, workshops were held in each of these areas to discuss R&D challenges. This report serves as a summary of the presentations, workshops, and conclusions on R&D challenges in wind turbine drivetrain reliability.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages28
StatePublished - 2016

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5000-66593

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102016-4878


  • drivetrain
  • NREL
  • reliability
  • research
  • wind turbine
  • workshop


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