Pictures filed under Safety from Europe

Vestas turbine blade shredded

Lightningdestroysturbine1_20090702_thumb A fierce storm on the afternoon of July 2, 2009 destroyed portions of an industrial wind turbine located between Brieske and Schwarzheide in Germany. Pieces, as shown in this photo, flew 150 meters through the air landing about 50 meters from federal highway Nr. 169. No one was injured. The approximately 40 meter blade broke several trees as it cut a track through the forest. The blade showed signs of lightning damage. The turbine was a Vestas V80- 2MW with a height of 140 meters.
2 Jul 2009

Vestas turbine failure following lightning strike

Lightningdestroysturbine_20090702_thumb A fierce storm on the afternoon of July 2, 2009 destroyed portions of an industrial wind turbine located between Brieske and Schwarzheide in Germany. Pieces, as shown in this photo, flew 150 meters through the air landing about 50 meters from federal highway Nr. 169. No one was injured. The approximately 40 meter blade broke several trees as it cut a track through the forest. The blade showed signs of lightning damage. The turbine was a Vestas V80- 2MW with a height of 140 meters.
2 Jul 2009

Blade throw in Holland

Blade_throw_in_holland_thumb Newspaper report of a turbine accident near the provincial highway between the towns of Alkmaar and Schagen in NW Holland. One of the blades of a Vestas turbine, 3000 kgs and 23 meters in length, broke and landed next to the highway not hitting anyone though. At that time no cars were passing. Falling turbines are not an uncommon sight in Holland. In 2007, three turbines went down.
15 May 2008

Oldside Wind Plant- Damaged Turbine from Lightning Strike

P7040021.jpg_1_(2)_thumb The Oldside and Siddick windfarms are next to each other on the A596 route down the coast . The road itself runs parallel to the railway line - with the wind plant arranged in another line between the two. The Siddick wind plant is very close to the Carlisle /Workington railway line and poses a real risk to rail traffic for that reason. These turbines are not so close to the railway or the road - but still close enough. Both wind farms have the same sort of turbines and are owned by the same company - Wind Prospect.
1 Jul 2006

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