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The company says that on Sunday, Oct. 2., the nacelle, hub and blades on a Siemens 3.0 MW direct-drive wind turbine inexplicably separated from the tower and fell to the ground.
The blades, hub and nacelle of one of eight Auwahi Wind turbines in the Kanaio area separated from the tower and fell to the ground Sunday, an official with the wind-power generation company said Monday.
Allegations in a lawsuit brought by a Lloyds of London Insurance underwriter raise questions about the competence of First Wind management personnel.
The insurance company that paid $2.4 million to cover losses from a fire wind farm fire is suing manufacturers that built parts of its battery system.
Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig was quick to counter Gotcher's assertion that firefighters failed to act in the best interest of the wind farm. He said the flames, toxic chemicals and unstable nature of the burning warehouse made it unsafe to use water, and deploying hand-held extinguishers was nearly impossible.
Aerial shots over the Kahuku wind farm show the warehouse that was filled with 12,000 battery packs severely damaged and releasing toxic smoke and lead into the air. ...First Wind is supposed to submit a cleanup plan to the state by the end of the day which will include samples of the air, soil and water.
The fire started about 4:45 a.m. Wednesday ...Honolulu Fire Capt. Terry Seelig said an alarm sensor showed a buildup of heat, and video cameras recorded a fire starting in the battery banks. ...still burning about 4 p.m. and emitting various chemicals in smoke, which was blowing toward the mountains and not affecting homes.
Firefighters were forced to fight a burning building without water on the North Shore Wednesday, when a battery warehouse at an Oahu wind farm went up in flames. The battery warehouse caught on fire at the First Wind wind farm for the second time in two years. But unlike last year's small fire, the latest blaze shut down the wind farm's huge turbines.
"On March 1, 2011, the Kahuku wind farm went online," Xtreme added. "On April 22, 2011, one of the inverters caught fire, destroying one of the DPMs and damaging nearby equipment and fixtures. Additionally, as a result of the fire, soot containing metallic fragments spread throughout the building.