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A wind power plant located between Oldersbek and Rantrum (North Friesland) burst into flames on Monday.
On Thursday, a wind turbine burned in Lathen (Emsland). The total loss, according to police was about 500,000 euros. The fire was believed to have been caused by a defective gearbox casing. Firefighters were at the site in the morning but the situation was not under control until afternoon. By the time they arrived the nacelle and the rotor blades were already in flames.
A wind turbine had to be taken down by Shropshire firefighters and engineers after concerns about its stability during storm weather.
The fishing vessel started sinking after it crashed into the wind turbine off the Cumbrian coast. One man sustained injuries in the incident.
One of the men, aged 58, suffered a head injury and was taken to hospital for treatment.
Wind farms must be built at a distance from housing of at least 10 times the height of the turbine, or about 1.5 to 2 km, under the law which was adopted by the lower house of parliament on Friday. The new regulations will also result in higher property taxes for wind farm owners, which the industry says could trigger bankruptcies.
New wind turbines do not meet safety requirements, according to an investigation by the Swedish Worker Safety Board.
Early morning, last Saturday a windmill near Brandenburg an der Havel lost a blade. The failure occurred after having operated for just 14 years. The life expectancy was at least double that number of years. The citizens' group "Save Brandenburg" warns of the dangers of wind turbines.
Employees at Siemens Wind Power in Denmark have reported complaints of chronic illness from manufacturing wind turbines. In the last 10 years, at least 64 cases have been confirmed of employees becoming ill from exposure to hazardous chemicals in their job at the turbine facility.
While Firefighters did attend the scene, there was no action taken.
Clouds of thick black smoke filled the air over Oederquart district Stade. The huge turbine standing around 70 meters kept attending fire departments from working to put the fire out.
Military chiefs oppose the scheme because they say it will cause “unacceptable interference” to the Air Traffic Control radar service at RAF Lossiemouth, despite being almost 40 miles away over the Moray Firth. The MoD insists that it will not reconsider its objection unless the applicant puts forward a “radar mitigation solution”, but this has not been forthcoming.
The accident is now under investigation and a construction has been ordered stopped until the cause of the accident is determined.
During construction at a Krampfer wind farm in Germany, the rotor on one of the 200 meter high wind turbines crashed to the ground. The cause of the accident is undetermined.
Catastrophic failure is widely defined as the complete, sudden, often unexpected breakdown in a machine or other system. This winter, there have been four such events reported across the wind industry. With regular wind turbine service and maintenance and the possibility of sophisticated condition monitoring, how is such an embarrassing failure — appearing as it seems out of the blue — still possible?
“This information came from concerned local residents but there appears to be no official acknowledgement by the owners of the development nor has the Council or the HSA been informed. This is the usual sequence of events with turbine accidents and we have had a few in the County in recent years.
A number of investigations are believed to be underway after a blade on a huge wind turbine near Drumkeen “disintegrated” at the weekend. ...It is believed the turbine in question was struck by lightning.
Firefighters dealt with a wind turbine converter fire this afternoon near Pontyates.
Due to harsh weather, A2SEA's installation vessel, Sea Worker, has capsized off the coast of Nymindegab, Denmark. The evacuation took place on 27-Jan-2016 at approximately 03:10am off the North Sea coast by a lifeboat from Hvide Sande. The vessel was was in transit to Esbjerg.
A plan of members of the Estonian Wind Energy Association to set up a wind farm and a plant for the manufacture of oversized wind turbines in northeastern Estonia may not materialize because the turbines will get in the way of the functioning of the radars of the Estonian defense forces, Eesti Paevaleht said.