In renewable power, efficiency and reliability are key. Take wind power as an example and you find that the profit margins over the life of a turbine are narrow due to high setup costs, and the huge costs associated with maintenance, downtime, and repairs. Reliability is therefore key in ensuring wind power remains a viable power source for the future. Tribology plays a critical role in this as common failure mechanisms in wind turbines such as excess wear, micro and macro pitting, false brinelling and cracking can all be investigated using instruments from PCS.
Efficiency and reliability are just as important in other industries, such as the electric car market. Currently one of the hurdles facing the mass uptake of electric cars is their range and cost. One way to solve both these issues is improving efficiency, something currently being studied by tribologists around the world. Improving drivetrain efficiency would mean electric cars would need fewer batteries to go the same distance – thus cutting costs – or you could keep the same number of batteries but go further for the same cost.
PCS Instruments is giving tribologists the tools to develop new and improved fuels, lubricants, and additives, in turn helping to solve the multitude of problems green industries are facing, and ultimately fight climate change.