Pictures from Europe
The 7 megawatt machine, located just 50 meters off the coast at Methil is a test system for Korean-based Samsung Heavy Industries to evaluate the technical capabilities of the machine. The turbine has a total height of height of 643 ft (196m),
A Vestas 67-meter-high wind turbine burst into flames late Friday night causing a loss of around 1.2 million euros. The cause of fire is still unknow. The Vestas 1.65 megawatt turbine located between Echtrop and Bergede drew 20 firefighters to the scene.
WInd turbine fire at the 21 MW Piet Wit wind farm on the Dutch island of Goeree Vlakke. A video of the burning turbine and flaming debris can be seen here. Two technicians lost their lives as a result of the fire at the Deltawind’s 21MW Piet de Wit wind farm near Ooltgensplaat in the Netherlands. The two mechanics (ages 19 and 21) were working on one of 12 Vestas V66-1.75MW turbines when the fire erupted. Deltawind suggested a short circuit on the unit could have caused the fire but no official report has been released. The project was undergoing scheduled maintenance.
Perhaps one of the saddest stories of wind turbine destruction. Two men, aged 19 and 21, died as a result of the fire in the turbine nacelle.
A fire broke out in the nacelle of a wind turbine in Germany. The cause of the fire is unknown.
The Middlemoor and Wandylaw projects as seen from Holy Island across the Pilgrims Way. Middlemoor consists of 18 turbines, each with a height of up to 125 metres (including the blades) and a maximum generating capacity of 54 megawatts. The project was placed into service during the summer of 2013. The separate Wandylaw project consists of 10 turbines, also each standing 125 meters in height, with a capacity of 20.5 megawatts.
The Lynn and Inner Dowsing projects consisting of 54 Seimens 3.6-107 turbines are sited 5.2 KM off Skegness and 5.2 KM off Ingoldmells. This image from Skegness Beach shows the visual impact.
A young eagle was cut in two by a spinning windmill in Skagen. Danish Ornithological Society is in turmoil and believes that poorly sited wind turbines may cost several birds. The dead bird with a wingspan of 2.25 meters was found on the ground Sunday morning.
One of nine Vestas V52-850KW turbines collapsed in high winds at the Loughderryduff project in Ireland. The project has been operational since 2010.
The new wind turbine erected on Blyth Quayside dominates the town.
Forest Commission Scotland, which is missioned with managing national forest land in Scotland, divided the public lands it manages into 5 'lots' to be prospected by specific wind energy developers. For example, ScottishPower Renewables was awarded Lot 1 and the right to develop schemes of less than 5MW in Lots 1-5. The remaining 4 lots are allocated to four other developers all of whom are currently working through an exclusivity period to identify suitable sites for wind development.
Collapse: A wind turbine lies on its side after crashing to the ground on Wednesday afternoon at Coldingham in Lothian and Borders during high wind conditions.
A £2million, 100meter-tall wind turbine caught fire in hurricane-force winds at Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, Scotland, during severe weather
The top of a turbine crashed to the ground with tremendous force causing a crater on the ground. The rotor blades split and laid about 50 meters from the damaged tower. The cause of the damage is still unknown but could be due to the failure of the brake system.
French news reported that the braking system on two turbines failed, causing the machines to overspin and catch fire. One of towers exploded, sending burning debris into the vegetation igniting fire on the ground. "Thank God it had rained two days before," said a woman to the journalist, but had this occurred in August, it would have been a different matter.
This wind energy facility is located in Nissenshörn Café, Struckum GERMANY
The image shows clouds forming in the wakes of the front row of wind turbines of the Horns Rev wind farm off the coast of Denmark. The downstream wind turbines lose 20% or 30% of their power, and sometimes even more, relative to the front row. The spacing of the turbines is 7 rotor diameters.
A wind turbine burns near Uelzen, a town in Lower Saxony, Germany. The fire that incurred damages of 750,000 Euros is assumed to have been caused by a technical fault near the top of the turbine, according to police reports.
Turbines towering over a farming community.
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.