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The Piʻilani Highway (Hwy 31) at Mile Marker 20 in ʻUlupalakua is now OPEN. The road was temporarily closed in both directions for about an hour and a half while crews responded to a brush fire in the area of the Auwahi Wind Farm.
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.
Green energy represents a key investment in the globe’s future but, as this and other issues reveal, it can come with hidden problems the energy suppliers need to tackle head-on. Accidents are a risk in any industry, and firefighters always take their lives into their hands on the job, but improving safety records–Kahuku had multiple battery fires before the devastating 2012 incident–should be a priority if we are to achieve our green energy goals.
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.
State senators pressed the developers of a North Shore wind farm on Tuesday about the safety of their technology in light of a major fire that destroyed their battery storage facility and sent toxic fumes into the air. ...The wind farm also experienced two previous fires that destroyed inverters after coming online in 2011.
Kahuku residents are questioning whether First Wind has done enough to protect from the community from the potential of toxic smoke. Duration: 2 minutes 19 seconds
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Firefighters are still looking into the cause of a fire in the battery room of a new wind farm in Kahuku. ...The farm has a 15-megawatt battery storage system that smooths out drops in power caused by changes in the wind.
A fire that started in an area above the windmills near Maalaea on Maui had burned approximately 95 acres as of this morning, according to state Department of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) officials. ...The fire burned portions of a threatened and endangered species habitat, but it is unknown if any species were affected. ...Wind farm workers used a 4,000-gallon water tanker to shuttle water to the scene. ...The cause of the fire is under investigation.