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In France, close to 6,000 MW of wind farm projects have been blocked because of fear of interference with military or weather radar, French Windfarm Federation (FEE) said. "There is a conflict here; there are two kinds of users for the same space. For us, it is a real problem," said FEE director Sonia Lioret.
The master of a vessel has been ordered to pay £3,000 after smashing into an off-shore wind turbine in the dark off Sheringham, injuring his passengers and badly damaging the boat.
While passing through the wind farm, he failed to notice that one of the turbine towers' lights was not lit up and hit the tower head on at approximately 12 knots. Mr Whinfrey and his fellow crewman were thrown forward, hitting the control consul, while passengers below were flung across the cabin.
Liverpool Coastguard has been in attendance since just after 9am this morning co-ordinating the recovery of the stricken which collided with part of a turbine at Walney Wind Farm. OMS Pollux has since been leaking marine gas oil, or diesel.
Study backed by Imperial Turbines are prone to catching on fire because their design puts highly flammable materials such as hydraulic oil and plastic in close proximity to machinery and electrical wires, which can ignite a fire if they overheat or are faulty.College finds wind turbines prone to "catastrophic" fires but the true scale of the problem is unknown.
Similar incidents, known as “blade throws”, can often occur during very high wind speeds. However, this incident occurred in relatively calm conditions but during one of the hottest spells so far this year.
Turbines at the Teesside wind farm off England's east coast have been shut down in batches over the last six months as Siemens attempts to deal with issues relating to vibrations in the turbine towers.
One blade sheared off and landed 200m away, setting fire to forestry and another landed 50m away, setting fire to hill and gorse.’
A worker told a fatal accident inquiry today how for seven years he had thought “constantly” about a teenager whose hand he had held as he lay dying in a pool of blood after falling around 100 feet down a turbine shaft during the construction of a Scottish wind farm.
It recommended refusal on the grounds that the turbines would pose a hazard to military aircraft, as the area is used by the Ministry of Defence for low flying training. Officers also judged the location to be unsuitable due to the impact the turbines would have on the operations of the Chilbolton Observatory Advanced Meteorological Radar.
An objection from National Air Traffic Services stated it "would have an unacceptable impact on the performance of its Pailton Air-Ground-Air Voice Communications systems which could in turn jeopardise aviation safety and efficiency". ...the reason for refusal "cannot be overcome or mitigated against".
The proposed Swift Wind Farm near Churchover and Cotesbach looks set to be refused planning permission for a second time - despite late claims it could cut energy bills and inject £1m into the local economy.
The RNLI were called out on Saturday evening when a yacht being sailed by its new owner ran aground on rocks at Redcar. A yacht ran aground on rocks at Redcar on Saturday evening after trying to avoid Teesside wind farm.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched a legal action to overturn a decision to grant a batch of planning applications for wind turbines on the Outer Herbrides following fears over effects on radar.
The MoD maintains that wind turbines can interfere with air defence radar. A turbine can produce a false "aircraft-like return" where it shows up on the system as an aircraft or can result in "clutter" which desensitised radar and increased the risk of a failure to detect.
Plans for a windfarm have been kicked out because they might interfere with equipment at a Cumbrian military range. Councillors have rejected plans to put 15 turbines on a hillside because the Ministry of Defence feared they could hit operations at RAF Spadeadam.
"... the revised guidelines “should not facilitate insensitively-sited wind turbines from impacting negatively on the safe operation of thoroughbred studs, stables and training yards and, as a result, threatening the viability of the thoroughbred industry in Ireland”.
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 unknown. The Vestas 1.65 megawatt turbine located between Echtrop and Bergede drew 20 firefighters to the scene. Personal safety was a priority so the task force could only wait at some distance from the turbine to see how things would develop.
The days of the MoD trying to block planning applications for new turbine developments across the country could soon be at an end. It is thanks to new technology which allows remote radar sites to operate with “wind farm friendly” technology.
Nautilus has dubbed the sector that operates boats for the UK's offshore windfarms the "wild west" of renewable energy. The union says basic safety rules are not being enforced, bullying and harassment are commonplace, crews lack training and are often forced to work in sea conditions beyond recommended limits. ...there is solid evidence of widespread malpractice and says Hammond's comments "smack of complacency."