Traditionally, wind gearboxes have been bespoke gearbox designs optimized for a specific turbine development. But rapidly changing markets are reducing turbine lifetime and lowering volumes for unique developments.
As wind turbine manufacturers search for high flexibility for their new generation turbine developments, ZF has developed a new concept, helping customers reduce the cost of wind energy, and accelerating the shift towards the future.
The concept is called ‘SHIFT’ − A paradigm shift to a modular platform that facilitates faster steps towards future wind turbine designs:
• at lower cost
• with reduced time-to-market
• and with more potential for the future than initially required
This modular platform offers high flexibility in adapting wind turbine designs to changing market requirements. ZF believes that innovations in both technology and policy will accelerate the reduction of LCOE to fully realize the shift to renewable energy.