Wind Energy

Neal Consulting engineers have been involved in solving wind turbine gearbox failures from the Wind Energy Industry and have also developed a wind pump for developing countries

Wind Turbine Gearbox Failures

Repeating failures of wind turbine gearboxes was occurring. The investigation concluded that the cause was insufficient internal clearance of paired taper roller bearings to accommodate thermal expansion. A rolling program was recommended to refurbish a total of 74 gearboxes with a higher value of clearance.

Design, Development and Testing of Appropriate Technology Windmills

Windmills for pumping water in rural and remote locations were designed, developed and tested. The design criteria were low cost, suitability for local manufacture in developing countries, high reliability, and low maintenance. The windmills are now being manufactured and used in several countries in Africa and Asia; licences for local manufacture are available.