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The wind was blowing hard over the last few days in the southern Italian peninsula, so strong that a wind turbine disintegrated under the force.
The massive structure, near the Begny Hill Road between Dromara and Ballynahinch, was photographed lying in pieces on the ground. The images also showed a large crane active on the site amid the wreckage.
They are used to generate electricity but this wind turbine at Ballynahinch, County Down, sparked interest from a sharp-eyed snapper after appearing to keel over.
The reason for the crash and the identity of the pilot both remained unclear by Thursday afternoon. But the plane reportedly hit the wind turbine at a height of 40 metres in relatively clear air.
The astonishing structural failure of the £2 million machine has prompted demands for information by the community in Barrhill. Scottish Power Renewables failed to alert the public to the incident for seven days. ...“Debris was spread over half a kilometre and a crane was been brought in to try and clear the damage.
A wind turbine has collapsed in the south-west of Scotland, BBC Scotland understands. The incident happened at Kilgallioch wind farm early last Friday. An investigation has been launched by developer Scottish Power Renewables and turbine manufacturer Gamesa.
According to a hunter, a major incident occurred Wednesday morning at the Nurlu wind farm: a blade rolled out of the rotor and was shredded into several pieces on the ground.
Energy giant Innogy is investigating after one of its wind turbines was destroyed by a fire. ...a study backed by Imperial College has suggested they may be more common than is thought.
In Hamina, some 50 kilometres to the south, fire destroyed a wind power generator early Friday. As the blaze occurred at a height of about 100 metres, firefighters were unable to combat it.
On the evening of the 6 January 2017, Emergency Services were called to Knabs Ridge wind farm, near to Harrogate.
A blade has been blown off a Vestas turbine at Bindesbol, western Denmark during storm Urd, local publication Dagbladet Ringkobing-Skjern reported last week.
In the past four weeks, four giant power-generating wind turbines in Germany have either toppled over or experienced broken rotary blades. Now the question is: How safe are wind turbines really?
So far the investigation has found that one of three blades failed catastrophically, thus creating a huge imbalance that caused the tower to buckle 15 meters above the ground and led to the structure crashing down. ...The incident comes weeks after a similar turbine collapse in the Mecklenburg Pommeria town of Süderholz.
When on New Year's Eve he walked along the Mähneweg near Bocholt, a chunk of ice crashed to the ground just a few meters from where he stood. "I've got a huge horror, of course," he says. The approximately 60-centimeter (nearly 2-foot) ice piece had flown down from a 98-meter high wind turbine.
Three days after the disaster of a wind turbine near Leisnig in Central Saxony, a technical defect has been found as the cause of the accident. After completion of the investigation it was clear that one of three rotor blades was broken.
As the storm Urd raged, a blade was torn off a wind turbine at Bindesbøl. Vestas, which has manufactured the turbine, is still not clear how the blade fell off.
A dog walker watched in horror as Storm Barbara blew the blades from a wind turbine - and they headed towards him. ...TGC Renewables applied for the wind farm at Scar End in 2012 and was initially rejected. That decision was overturned later that year on appeal by the planning inspector.
He was on the ground and not operating any machinery when an area of bog shifted and trapped him. A second worker was also caught up in the incident. He was in a digger when the bogland started to move but was able to climb down and walk to safety.
The Technology and Construction Court in London has ruled that cracking discovered on some of the 140 monopiles built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Ltd (ZPMC) for the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm ”was largely a result of various failures by ZPMC to maintain correct preheat temperature of the welds to the monopiles.”
A lorry carrying a wind turbine blade has caught fire, forcing the closure of the A714 between Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire.