28 May '12, 10am

Vestas to play hardball over €40m #windturbine gearbox failures #windenergy

Vestas to play hardball over €40m #windturbine gearbox failures #windenergy

A Vestas spokesman said the company would look at seeking compensation from both ZF and Schaeffler, ZF's supplier of the bearings. He said: "Vestas has allocated €40 million to cover the potential additional maintenance, repair or replacement costs of our customer's gearboxes. "Vestas will pursue all relevant actions with regards to a potential compensation from ZF and the bearing manufacturer." A ZF Windpower spokesman said the firm was working with Vestas and Schaeffler to remedy this situation as soon as possible. The affected bearings are the rotor main bearings that are fitted in the gearbox input shaft, a spokesman for Schaeffler explained. "We are aware of individual cases of damage to rolling bearings of this type in the named turbines," he said. "We are currently investigating this issue to find the cause of the damage and are holding constructive talks with our c...

Full article: http://www.windpowermonthly.com/news/1134007

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