Helping to supply green energy for Beijing’s Olympic Games
When the leading Chinese wind turbine company Goldwind was awarded the contract to supply 33 turbines for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the company selected SKF as the bearing supplier for this prestigious project. The 1.5 MW turbines are Goldwind’s largest turbines and, like all OEM’s, Goldwind knew that the larger the turbine the more they need to be sure about the reliability of critical components, like bearings. That is because turbines producing higher energy outputs are usually physically bigger and taller than smaller energy producing units. And that results in more wind being captured which leads to higher forces on machinery at the top of the turbine where the electricity is generated, and in the case of Goldwind’s 1.5 MW turbines that is 65 metres from the ground.