Windside wind turbines are made to last. A proper and regular maintenance ensure the long life span.
Q: What kind of maintenance procedures are needed and what are the costs?
A: Windside wind turbines are designed for harsh and demanding environment where not grid-connection is available. Such areas are often unmanned. Due to this fact we have built a wind turbine that can operate reliably and is almost maintenance-free. Only maintenance needed is the lubrication of the bearings, which can be done also automatically. The automatic lubrication system provides circa 5 years free maintenance interval which means that the turbine can operate autonomously for 5 years.
Q: How often does the Lubricant need to be substituted.
A: This depends on the chosen lubrication system.
If the customer has chosen a manual lubrication, one grease tube will last for approx. 5 years. The manual lubrication need to be done 2-3 times a year.
If the turbine has a automatic lubrications system, the 18 kg grease (obligatory for the automatic lubrication system) will last for approx. 5 years. The grease is not recommended to be stored, therefore a new 18 kg bucket must be purchased after 5 years. Please note that the Windside grease is the only grease that can be used for Windside wind turbines. If any other grease is being used, the warranty is not valid.
Q: What is the average life span of the bearings:
A: If the bearings are lubricated according to our instructions, the life-span of the bearings is approx. 10 years or more.
Q: Are non-specialized personnel allowed to replace the bearings:
A: for models WS-0,15 and WS-0,30 anyone can replace the bearings. The replacing procedure is clearly explained in the Instruction and Operation Manual.
When it comes to larger models, such as WS-2 and WS-4, the bearings are allowed to be changed only by an authorized assembling company.