Articles filed under Structural Failure from Germany

Collapse of wind turbine under investigation

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.
4 Jan 2017

Massive wind turbine catches fire and burns for hours because German fire fighters don't have ladders long enough to tackle the 100m high blaze

The flames struck this morning in Isselburg in North Rhine-Westphalia. Emergency services were called at 6am to the turbine near Wolf Lake. Around 40 emergency personnel and six vehicles attended the scene. Investigators looking into possibility that a lightning storm was to blame.
29 Aug 2016

Turbine burned - 500,000 euro loss

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.
7 Jul 2016

Wrecked wind turbine 14 years old

Havariertes-windrad-ist-14-jahre-alt_pdaarticlewide_thumb 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.
3 May 2016

Wind turbine foundations sag

In January 2013, the four turbines were erected and placed in operation on the reclaimed mining area behind the 540 freeway. But after 16 months it is noticeable that the ground on which they were built, which was not reinforced prior to construction, but artificially piled up is sagging under the weight of the towers.
25 Apr 2014

Echtrop windmill bursts into flames

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.
21 Feb 2014

Vestas solves V112 fire riddle

The incident, which completely destroyed the nacelle, occurred earlier this year at the 51MW Gross Eilstorf wind farm in Lower Saxony, Germany. In a statement, Vestas said the fire started in the "Harmonic Filter Cabinet as the result of a loose connection that caused an arc flash".
25 Apr 2012
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