Pictures from Europe
The citizens group, Gegenwind Borchen, shows on its website photos of fiberglass parts of shredded turbine blades scattered several hundred meters away. The fragments are from an Enercon E-115 turbine that experienced a catastrophic failure within days of the turbine being erected. The mayor of Borchen, Reiner Allerdissen, called for an immediate halt to construction at the facility until the cause of the failure is known. The turbine stands about 200 meters (656 feet) high.
A wind turbine lies in a field after it collapsed during storm 'Burglind' in Volksdorf near Hanover, Germany. The 70-meter tower collapse happened on Wednesday, Jan. 3 2018 after parts of the rotor had broken. Nobody was injured.
The failed turbine appears to be one of eight placed online in Bouin, France in June 2003. The Nordex N80/2500kw turbines are 2.5 MW each for a total project capacity of 20 MW. The project is owned by SIIF Energies France (EDF subsidiary for renewable energy projects) and REVe (Régie d’Eletricité de Vendée).
The Nurlu wind energy facility suffered a catastrophic blade failure. The four Gamesa G90-2 MW turbines are owned and operated by EDF Renewable Energies (Iberdrola) and have been in service since 2010.
A wind turbine burned for hours in Hamina as firefighters watched helplessly. Image:
A wind turbine standing nearly 100-meters tall and sited near Leisnig in Central Saxony (Germany) collapsed after one of its three blades broke created an imbalance in the tower. According to the investigative report, the force of the impact imbedded the gearbox unit almost 2 meters into the ground.
Emergency services were called at 6am to the turbine near Wolf Lake in Isselburg in North Rhine-Westphalia to deal with a burning turbine. Investigators looking into possibility that a lightning storm was to blame.
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.
The Thanet Offshore Wind facility located approximately 12 km off Foreness Point, Margate, and the most eastern part of Kent. The project has been operational since 2010 and consists of 100 Vestas V90 3MW wind turbines for a total installed capacity of 300MW.
One of the 32 Vestas V112 3MW turbines sited at the Lemnhult project in Vetlanda municipality in Sweden collapsed and broke into pieces. The project owner, Stena Renewables, could not explain the cause of the failure.
The rotor sheared off a Repower MD77-1500kW turbine in northeast France.
These before and after photos by Hermann Dirr of windflut-elpe.de demonstrate the devastation of Germany's landscape due to wind energy. The photos that show the turbines are not simulations but actual photographs of current conditions. Those images without the turbines have been altered to have the turbines removed. The full slide presentation, can be accessed by clicking the link on this page. The creators of this content hope that those who see these images will understand the enormity of the impacts.
Another turbine burns in rural England on the moors.
The Westermost Wind facility dominates the horizon of a North Sea beach. The project was placed in-service in 2015. It consists of 35 Siemens 6 megawatt turbines (210 MW) just 5 miles off the shoreline. The turbine blades are 246-feet long with a rotor diameter of 505 feet.
"There was a loud bang and then one of the blades span off, and shortly afterwards the gearbox's housing fell to the ground," Henrik Nielsen, one of the officials at the scene.
All 19 turbines at a windfarm in the Scottish Borders were shut down after part of a blade was found lying by the roadside. This fiberglass component from the blade was found along with other similar components. An investigation is underway but it is believed the components were torn from the turbine(s) under high wind conditions.
Wrecked: A Nordex N80 2500kw wind turbine lies in a mangled heap after it was blown over at the Screggah windfarm in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The wind facility consists of eight 2.5 MW turbines and was placed into service in March, 2011. For more pictures visit this site. Prior to the collapse, thunder-like noise coming from the turbine could be heard 7 miles away across the valley. Turbine debris was scattered hundreds of meters away from the turbine's foundation according to a BBC video news report.
A 44-meter wind turbine collapsed following a lightning striking one of the 26 turbines at the Little Cheyne Court wind facility.
The 7 megawatt machine, located just 50 meters off the coast at Methil is a test system for Korean-based Samsung Heavy Industries to evaluate the technical capabilities of the machine. The turbine has a total height of height of 643 ft (196m),