Gear oils find application in wind turbines for lubrication of the main gearbox and other gear motor components. The lubricant requirements in wind turbine gearboxes are more stringent when compared to other industrial gear oils. This is due to the high temperatures, bearing wear, corrosion and oxidation, and load weights involved during the process of power generation.
There is an increasing demand for synthetic gear oils in wind turbines, due to their enhanced properties, over their mineral-based counterparts, owing to the performance additives used during the formulation of synthetic oils.
Despite facing competition from solar power generation, the wind power sector is expected to continue its growth during the forecast period. This, in turn, is expected to boost the demand for lubricants in a significant manner in the future.
In Africa, countries such as Egypt, Morocco, Jordon, and South Africa, including Sub-Saharan Africa, are some of the major countries where the wind energy sector is witnessing positive growth, as various projects have been introduced and planned by the various companies and government.
In Morocco, according to the Direction of Studies and Financial Forecasts (DEPF), a part of the Ministry of Interior of Morocco, the country is planning to generate 52% of its electricity by 2030. The Moroccan government heavily invested in solar and wind projects in the recent past to achieve this target.
Owing to all the above mentioned factors, the market for lubricants in the region is projected to grow in the sector during the forecast period.