14 tons of concentrated reliability: The 1,000th main bearing for multi-megawatt wind turbines

an offshore wind park with a wide horizon

Wind power plants in Germany: an integral part of the landscape

Especially in Lower Saxony, Brandenburg and Schleswig-Holstein, wind turbines are now part of the landscape. In 2019, wind power overtook lignite in Germany with a share of 24.4 percent of total energy, and today represents the most important source of energy in Germany. With an installed capacity of around 61,405 megawatts, Germany ranks third in the world in terms of wind energy and is the number one in Europe. rothe erde® main bearings generate energy for up to 7.5 million households every year.

Offshore parks: stronger winds, more power

And wind energy continues to hold great growth potential: Of the nearly 30,000 German wind turbines currently in operation, only about 1,200 are “offshore”, i.e. in the sea – the remaining turbines are distributed inland. But far out at sea, the wind is particularly constant and strong. Exactly the right place to use wind to generate electricity. Because the wind not only churns up the sea, but also drives the rotor blades of the wind turbines.

An offshore wind farm with wind turbines in a row with a gray sky

In the open sea, all structural components of wind turbines must be highly resistant to corrosion.

rothe erde® main bearings from thyssenkrupp rothe erde are known for their robust design and excellent performance. They are manufactured to the highest material purity, induction hardened and assembled in clean rooms. The high salt content of the marine environment also requires all components used in offshore wind turbines to have appropriate corrosion resistance. For this reason, our products are provided with an anti-corrosion coating.

Bearing solutions for offshore wind turbines have to be able to withstand extreme conditions

Constant and strong winds, temperature fluctuations and strong wave movements place great demands on the bearings: For use in offshore plants, they must be able to withstand all forces of nature. In order to keep electricity generation costs low, it makes sense to install particularly large and powerful turbines – with blade lengths of over 100 meters and rotor diameters of almost 220 meters. The bearings must be dimensioned accordingly to be able to absorb enormous forces.

Young man in work clothes climbs a staircase into the interior of a wind turbine.

The slewing bearings, which are up to four meters in size and weigh over 14 tons, leave our plant closed, sealed and ready for installation. rothe erde® main bearings are among the key components for wind turbines and thus contribute to the expansion of renewable energies.

Highly complex production: Since 1998 thyssenkrupp rothe erde in Lippstadt has been developing and producing bearing solutions for various types of wind turbines.

Where slewing bearings are used outside wind power

Slewing bearings ensure that everything runs smoothly, and not only in wind turbines. Whether in the heart of the Gotthard mountain range on huge oil tankers or very special cruise ships – our developers are working on some of the most exciting engineering projects in the world.