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The incident involved one of 5 turbines at the Ransonmoor wind farm located in the Fens of Cambridgeshire. The project consists of 2 Senvion MM82 and 3 Gamesa G80 wind turbines for a total nameplate capacity is 10.1 MW. The Gamesa turbines were placed in sevrice in 2007; the Senvion turbines followed a year later in 2008. The damaged turbine was built by Gamesa.
A wind turbine is being allowed to burn itself out after being struck by lightning. Fire crews are at the scene of the blaze at Ransonmoor wind farm, near Doddington, following the lightning strike in the early hours of the morning.
Footage shot by firefighters at the site shows the nacelle of the turbine burned out, one blade still burning, smoke damage at the base of the tower, and smoke billowing out into the Fenland countryside.
The High Court judge said Good Energy Generation Limited's offer to cut local's electricity rates and invest in the community lacked detail and firm commitment
The Conservative MP Scott Mann said he is ‘delighted’ the High Court has dismissed proposals to build a wind farm near Week St Mary. The MP for North Cornwall said Good Energy’s appeal with the High Court was ‘dismissed by judges’ on May 25.
Many wind turbines are now 20 or even 25 years old. This increases the risk of serious accidents, of which some failures have already been reported. TÜV therefore demands the introduction of a mandatory inspection program in Germany.
'It’s very clear there is a very substantial downward trend in new investment, which is across the board in terms of investment in clean technology ranging from big wind farms right down to the effective collapse of the solar market'
This paper examines the issues involved in deciding whether an operating wind project in Europe is likely to be repowered as the facility approaches its end of life. The document can be downloaded from this page. The paper's abstract and concluding paragraphs are excerpted and provided below.
It is not always possible to continue operating old systems. In some cases the turbines must be dismantled. About 28,000 wind turbines are spinning under the German sky - many of them operating since the late nineties. Currently, the wind industry faces major challenges: With the expiration of the eligibility for subsidies under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) after 20 years, the operators have to decide whether the older plants should be decommissioned, dismantled, repowered or continue to operate as before. Under current conditions, this will impact approximately four gigawatts of wind project output nationwide according to estimates by the Institute for Integrated Production Hannover (IPH). In the future, an additional 2.4 gigawatts of EEG funding will be eliminated on average per year.
The damaged turbine at the Alpha Ventus offshore wind farm is set to be repaired with a replacement nacelle.
Wind turbine between Löcknitz and Rossow in Germany bursts into flames. Cause possibly due to a lightning strike.
In an indication that manufacturers are undercutting each other to win orders, Siemens-Gamesa said it’s “experiencing volatile demand and considerable price pressure” even as it enjoyed its biggest order intake for onshore turbines.
In his correspondence Trump, who has previously said he is of Scottish descent, opposed the construction of the turbines saying that residents are tired of paying higher taxes for them. During the letter he said: 'Residents "don't want thousands more of these 'made in China' turbines built all around Scotland'.
Mid Ulster District Council’s Planning Committee has turned down a controversial plan for the construction of eight wind turbines near Cookstown.
A wave of outrage has met the news that energy giant EDF, through partner ‘Lewis Wind Power’, is considering increasing the size of its turbines to be located in Lewis.
But planning inspector Kay Sheffield recommended the site proposal be turned down. She said it would have a "significant and adverse visual affect on the character and appearance of the landscape of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park."
A public local inquiry (PLI) was conducted into the proposed 20-turbine development at Caplich in Sutherland, raising concerns of significant harm to two wild land areas as well as compromising the natural environment, amenity and heritage resources of the areas.
Koch proposes shutting down wind turbines at times when bats' migration path puts them at risk from the huge, rotating blades. But if bat protection is to be taken into consideration when designing policy – on wind energy development, forestry, agriculture and the use of pesticides – solid data is essential.