Pictures from Europe
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.
A burned turbine in the province of Zaragoza, Spain. Cause of the turbine failure is unknown.
These firefighters are following standard protocol for burning turbines. This involves standing by and permitting the turbine to burn out while arresting potential spread from fragments that fall to the ground.
A Vestas wind turbine exploded into fire. Fire fighters standby as the fire burns itself out.
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.
A price worth paying? The Braes O'Doune windfarm towers over Stirling Castle. The 36 looming turbines dominate the skyline of the Braes O'Doune and have angered many local residents, who claim they have blighted one of Scotland's classic vistas.
The blade tip of a Gamesa G87 2.0 MW wind turbine broke off and was thrown 200 meters from the turbine. The blade tip measured 10-meters; smaller fragments were strewn in the fields surrounding the turbine.
The world’s largest wind turbine, the Enercon E-126. The turbine has a rotor blade width of 126 meters (413 feet). This new turbine is officially rated at 6 megawatts but is expected to produce at 7 megawatts.
The blade assembly shattered on impact with the road.
Wind farm in Stirling, Scotland.
A shepherd and his flock of sheep walk on a pasture in front of power-generating wind turbines at a wind site near the village of Berge west of Berlin.
Areas in the UK disturbed by noise and eyesores.
Wind plant in Pedrola (Zaragoza, Spain)
The proposed wind farm off the coast of Delaware would look similar to this one off the coast of England.