Merging ZF’s extensive experience in developing innovative designs with advanced digital technology results in a modular gearbox solution approach for geared wind turbines.
With more than 55,000 gearboxes shipped, ZF’s installed base exceeds 100 GW covering 25% of the globally installed base. This makes the company a leading partner in the wind power sector.
ZF powers more than 50% of the global 3 MW onshore installations and is the first supplier with a serial production of +8 MW gearboxes for offshore installations. A 9.5 MW upgrade is currently being developed.
ZF Wind Power is convinced that in the future wind energy will become even more pivotal than it is today. We will need bigger, better and more powerful turbines to provide the world with affordable electricity.
ZF’s modular gearbox solution
“With the development of our modular gearbox solution, ZF can now cover new turbine platforms in the 3 and 4 MW range. We assure that new generation wind turbines can grow significantly in torque requirements, within the same nacelle dimensions. And thanks to our integrated intelligent performance solutions, our gearboxes can automatically sense the best way to optimize energy generation and improve turbine economics for any wind site condition,” explains Jan Willem Ruinemans, Head of ZF Wind Power Business Unit.
ZF offers a strong, global partnership and enhanced multi-brand full service for wind turbine gearboxes and drivelines, enabling its customers to successfully stand ground amongst the competition.
Antti Turunen, Head of Global Wind Power Service, says, “Our full offering combining on-site, ZF and non-ZF mechanical drive-train repair, and insight engineering partnership is fundamental in leveraging our global knowledge base to reduce costs and downtimes. As a further evolution in service, ZF sees an important role for connected devices to actively control gearbox performance and health status during operation. As part of this, vision ZF offers an Intelligent Gearbox retrofit as a new method to reduce service bills.”
ZF Wind Power
As a leading worldwide automotive supplier for driveline and chassis technology, ZF can look back to over 100 years of experience in developing and building transmissions. Add to this more than 70 years of joint experience in wind energy (along with the former Hansen and Bosch Rexroth) and ZF Wind Power is a competent partner, supplying major manufacturers of gear-driven wind turbines with gearboxes ranging from 0.8 to more than 8 MW power capacity and serving all key wind power segments.
ZF is determined to be the leading supplier in geared solutions for wind turbines and is committed to succeed in making wind power the most attractive energy source in the future – to power a world in motion.