The North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College recently received an oil filtration system from C.C. Jensen, an international company based in Denmark with offices worldwide.
C. C. Jensen donated an offline oil filtration system, which is used to remove small particles that collect over time that can damage wind turbine components. This filtration system is being put to work in the college’s General Electric 1.5-megawatt wind turbine to ensure clean lubrication in order to reduce oil-related problems in the gearbox and to prevent failure due to particle wear of bearings and gears.
Taylor Coleman, a sales engineer for C.C. Jensen who is also a graduate of the wind energy technology program at Mesalands, initiated the donation. He explained the importance of this donation.
“The main reason was that the college's turbine was no longer under the original 2-year General Electric factory warranty, so I wanted to make sure the turbine was operating as reliably as possible,” Coleman said. “We (C.C. Jensen) are also excited to begin installing these filtration systems in the ESS models of GE turbines and we wanted to start with Mesalands.”
Coleman says that the turbine at Mesalands is the first GE ESS (Electronic Systems Simplified) turbine to have this type of filtration system.
Coleman installed the new filtration system in the turbine and allowed current wind energy students to assistant in the installation. Coleman and his colleague, Steffen Nyman, a corporate trainer and marketing director at C.C. Jensen, also gave a class presentation on the importance of oil filtration in the wind industry.
“I wanted to educate the students on gear box maintenance and oil maintenance,” Coleman said. “It’s also important that these students understand our (C.C. Jensen) particular filtration system since it’s installed in so many turbines worldwide.”
According to C.C. Jensen’s website, more than 50 percent of all new turbines being constructed today will have a C.C. Jensen offline oil filtration system. The benefits of these filtration systems include, but are not limited to, decreasing maintenance costs and unnecessary downtime while extending the life of gear boxes and bearings.
“Since the installation of the offline oil filtration system in our wind turbine, oil analysis reports from the gearbox, show a 94-percent reduction in the particle count,” John E. Hail Jr., director and instructor of the college’s wind energy technology program, said. “We appreciate C.C. Jensen for this donation and are very proud of Taylor and his success.”