Huge wind farm turbine snaps in Japan.377402013-03-15T12:19:21Z2013-03-15T12:19:21ZA 38-tonne wind turbine crashed 50 metres (165 feet) to the ground in western Japan after the steel column supporting it snapped, officials have said. ..."We are asking experts to look into the cause of the problem. We suspect metal fatigue. 'One dead, one missing' after China turbine blaze.344012012-02-23T14:01:14Z2012-02-23T14:01:14ZHuaneng has not confirmed details of the incident, which took place on 7 February but has only just been reported. ...CSR is a relatively new entrant to the wind turbine market. It has not commented, leaving several questions unanswered, including why the accident was only reported now, why CSR did not immediately inform AMSC and how a victim could still be missing two weeks after the fact.
Lightning is nemesis of windmills, threatening Japan's renewable energy campaign.335052011-11-04T11:14:54Z2011-11-04T11:14:54ZBut no definite way to solve the problem is in sight and operators of these windmills are struggling to cope with lightning-caused breakdowns that threaten their operations.
On Oct. 2, a fire broke out at the Sarakitomanai wind farm in Wakkanai.
Five killed during Sinovel 5MW installation.332872011-10-12T01:07:19Z2011-10-12T01:07:19ZThe ceremony, to commemorate the installation of the turbine, was disrupted when the arm of the 1,000-ton crane, toppled and fell down suddenly in a trial operation to lift a wind turbine.
Crane collapse causes five deaths and one injury accident.332742011-10-11T14:27:27Z2011-10-11T14:27:27ZJiuquan City in Gansu, a crane owned by Sinovel Technology (Gansu) Ltd. collapsed killing five people and injuring another. Jiuquan City Information Office informed the media of the accident.
Firemen left red-faced after hoses too short to extinguish wind-turbine fire in Hokkaido.335062011-10-03T12:47:28Z2011-10-03T12:47:28ZThree fire engines arrived at the scene, but after surprisingly discovering that their hoses were too short to reach the 66-meter-high wind turbine, they remained on site until the fire extinguished itself in about four hours.
Nuclear woes boost Japanese wind but supply remains limited .316862011-04-12T17:25:26Z2011-04-12T17:25:26ZTokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) is limiting generation from renewable plants (including wind) to 5% of their installed capacity. ...Hokkaido Electric Company [is] also capping wind farm contributions to 5% of their capacity. In addition, Arakawa acknowledged that "small [wind farms] across the country are disconnected" and that these are unlikely to rejoin the electricity network until the nuclear crisis is stabilized.
Three wind turbine workers killed in Sinovel incident.306932011-01-07T21:21:01Z2011-01-07T21:21:01ZThree workers have been killed while installing and testing a Sinovel wind turbine in northern China. ...The accident follows a recent announcement by China's National Energy Bureau (NEB) that it is launching an investigation into whether cost cutting has led to a fall in safety standards.
China to investigate collapse of homegrown turbines.306942010-11-10T21:26:04Z2010-11-10T21:26:04Z"At present, no one is willing to speak publicly about the problems of wind turbines. This is unfavorable to solving the problem. Actually, foreign turbines met similar problems when they entered the Chinese market. By investigating the quality of wind turbines, NEB is facing the problem."
Windmills lose blades in high winds.151492008-04-09T19:30:10Z2008-04-09T19:30:10ZThe strong winds that buffeted the Tokai and Kanto regions Tuesday apparently snapped the massive blades of two wind turbines ...Each windmill is 103.5 meters tall, and can generate 1,500 kilowatts. Turbines No. 4 and No. 5 each lost one of their three 37-meter-long blades. Suzlon to replace defective equipment worth $25 million.144562008-03-03T06:47:01Z2008-03-03T06:47:01ZIn what implies a Rs.1 billion ($25 million) hit on its balance sheet for the current quarter, leading wind power equipment-maker Suzlon Energy will refit wind turbine blades for a project in the US, the company said Monday. â€śThe company will do a retrofit programme to resolve blade-cracking issues discovered during the operations of some of its S88 turbines in the US,â€ť the company informed the Bombay Stock Exchange Monday.Flaws deal a blow to wind power generation.136842008-01-19T16:02:28Z2008-01-19T16:02:28ZA wind turbine set up in March 2006 was touted as the answer to energy problems in Iga, Mie Prefecture. The clean energy would supplement the power supply for radio relay facilities of a land ministry office that records water levels of the upper reaches of the Kizugawa river.
But there was one problem. The wind turbine fell apart in less than two years.
Malfunctions and accidents involving wind turbines have occurred repeatedly across the country, leading to suspended services and even the scrapping of one facility.
Amid rising oil prices, wind power generation is gaining attention as a means to use limitless natural energy.
However, slipshod surveys of wind, flawed designs or sheer incompetence have dealt a blow to the reputation of wind turbines, which are easier and cheaper to construct than other electric power generation facilities.
Wind turbine topples over: Question is why?.72982007-01-11T13:14:21Z2007-01-11T13:14:21ZHIGASHIDORI, Aomori Prefectureâ€“The industry ministry Wednesday said it is trying to determine what caused a 68-meter-high wind turbine to collapse earlier this week since strong winds apparently were not blowing at the time.
The incident at the Iwaya Wind Farm in the Iwaya district of Higashidori in this northern prefecture is thought to have occurred late Monday, according to officials of Eurus Energy Holdings Corp., which manages the wind farm.
While no one was injured, the incident resulted in temporary power outages to homes in the area because power lines were severed.
Fire in Chettikulam wind-power unit.35312006-06-19T14:55:43Z2006-06-19T14:55:43ZPolice said the wind turbine generator of the unit exploded last night and caught fire. The splinters from the turbine, located a few kms from the Koodankulam Nuclear Power project site, spread over one sq km after the explosion.
Plea to paint windmills in red and white.16522006-02-16T15:00:43Z2006-02-16T15:00:43ZCoimbatore: With the Indian Air Force expressing concern over the safety of aircraft, while landing and taking off, due to tall structures, including windmills in the vicinity of Sulur Airport, Indian Wind Power Association (IWPA) has appealed to its members to paint the mills in red and white patterns.
Turbine Accidents: Update from Caithness Wind Farms Information Forum.13182006-11-01T00:00:00Z2006-11-01T00:00:00ZA compilation as of November 1, 2006 of turbine accidents in the USA and abroad by accident type, date, site, state/country and turbine model.