CASTROL OPTIGEAR

Discover why leading turbine manufacturers opt for Castrol Optigear

40% of unplanned downtime on windfarms is caused by gearbox failure. This can mean losses of up to $200,000 per event and drastic increases to your levelised cost of energy – but it’s a problem you can manage.

Maximising the efficiency of every gearbox depends on the control of friction. Gearbox friction generates excessive heat, putting thermal stress on system components to cause wear and pitting. This shortens the life of component parts and reduces gear box performance, leading to unscheduled downtime and additional replacement/labour costs.

Castrol Optigear is a range of leading high performance gear oils that’s proven to reduce friction*, actively resist wear and extend the life of your gearbox. Optigear is first range of wind turbine lubricants to be certified as carbon-neutral, too, so it helps reduce your carbon footprint and combat climate change.

Take control of your energy costs and keep your turbines turning for longer – opt for Castrol Optigear.
*Based on SRV test results

Castrol Optigear Synthetic CT 320

Castrol Optigear Synthetic CT 320 is a premium synthetic oil for wind turbine gears operating in wide temperature ranges and under high loads.

Suited for high-capacity wind turbine gears, Castrol Optigear Synthetic CT 320 delivers robust surface protection and reduces gear friction.
  • Advanced “ash-less” technology that is proven to run cooler (up to 8°C) and provide consistent wear protection for up to eight years of oil life**
  • 28% less foam, than competitors***
  • Certified to meet the BSI PAS 2060 Specification for complete carbon neutrality
  • A favourite of operators with mixed turbine fleets or complex maintenance schedules
*Sincro Mecánica Wind Oil Evaluation 2016 **8-year customer field inspection (USA, 2017) ***3-year field trial

Castrol Optigear Synthetic X 320

Castrol Optigear Synthetic X 320 is a premium synthetic oil for wind turbine gears operating in wide temperature ranges and under high loads. 

Suited for high-capacity wind turbine gears, it delivers best-in-class surface protection and reduces gear friction.
  • Unique Microflux-Trans Plastic Deformation (MFT-PD) technology is proven to give up to 30% less friction* reduces critical gearbox stress, operating temperatures and wear**
  • Significantly reduce further damage in pre-micropitted gears*** proven to reduce friction by 30%****
  • Certified to meet the BSI PAS 2060 Specification for complete carbon neutrality
  • Gives you control of your energy costs
*The SRV friction (5ae) Test, 2016/2017 **Sincro Mecánica Wind Oil Evaluation 2016 ***FZEG Micropitting test 2010 ****The SRV friction (5ae) Test, 2016/2017

Certified for complete carbon neutrality

Castrol is the first lubricant supplier in the world to offer carbon-neutral lubricants for the wind turbine industry.

Castrol Optigear Synthetic CT 320 and Optigear Synthetic X 320 are both certified as achieving complete carbon neutrality for their entire lifecycle – from production, through to transportation and eventual disposal at the end of service life.
  • Certified to meet the BSI PAS 2060 Specification for complete carbon neutrality
  • 1L of Castrol Optigear Synthetic CT 320 or Synthetic X 320 offsets 2.3kg of CO²e – or 930kg when refilling a typical wind turbine gearbox*
  • Net-zero greenhouse gas emissions achieved through targeted carbon reduction measures and carbon offset credits, in partnership with BP Target Neutral

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An Introduction to Castrol Optigear Carbon Neutral Project

Find out more about Castrol Optigear Carbon Neutral certification process.

* Based on the Vestas V90 1.8/2.0 MW turbine.