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After sustaining damage from a fire last fall, the town’s second wind turbine is set to sit idle for the foreseeable future. Or it may be taken down by the operator, town manager Tony Marino told the select board this week. But the board also got unwelcome news when Marino told them the project was never bonded.
The number of spinning giant turbines standing high above Gloucester's Blackburn Industrial Park is now, temporarily at least, down to one.
The fire was confined to electrical equipment on the first floor, said Fire Chief Andy Theriault afterwards. “There was no extension,” he added. Theriault said smoke filled up the tower and eventually vented from the top of the 260-foot structure.
When he spoke to fishermen across the pond, he learned they were wary of navigating between the turbines. “If the little boats are afraid to go in there, there’s no way a trawler from New Bedford is going to go in there,” Hansen said.
The Hanover fire and highway departments responded to a report of smoke coming from the wind turbine on Pond Street Friday morning.
Hanover Fire Crews were called to the scene of a wind turbine fire.
Samuel Bonacci, a spokesman for the college, said the ice flew off the turbine’s blades Tuesday morning, landing on the building and a parking lot used by faculty and staff. It broke a hole in the skylight.
Fairhaven’s north turbine suffered a setback when a component blew out and caught fire on April 7. According to the fire department report, just before 3:30 p.m., a public works employee heard a “bang” and saw smoke coming from one of the wind turbines (WT).
Independence Wind Operations Manager, Benjamin Cleaves, has informed Kingston town officials that the Kingston Wind Independence (KWI) turbine has been shut down indefinitely due to a possible defect in the equipment.
Winward says crews may take longer to assess a scene before going in because he'd rather see a structure burn to the ground than put firefighters at risk of electrocution. "It is enough to seriously injure or kill someone," he said.
Bourne selectmen for a second month are still not yet prepared to grant a road-alteration easement that would facilitate delivery of turbine apparatus to the Future Wind Generation project being built at Keith Mann’s cranberry acreage in Head of the Bay near the South Plymouth line.
The Air Force first shut down the 389-foot-tall turbine, manufactured by Fuhrlander, in May of 2014 after there was an indication the gearbox was failing, Forbes said. Metal flakes were found in some oil, she said. ...It took time to get the funds approved for a new gearbox and a contract to hire a company to do the work. The project cost is $600,000, Forbes said.
Despite repeated extensions of the date by which the FAA was to provide the documents, the agency never has, and two out of three agency offices assigned to respond to the request have never even acknowledged receipt of letters sent seeking a final determination on the request, according to the lawsuit. The alliance is questioning whether the upgrade to the radar system is adequate to address concerns about air traffic controllers being able to track aircraft in the area of Cape Wind, the organization's president, Audra Parker, said Monday.
The Lynnway wind turbine has a cracked rotor due to cold weather. Repairs will begin Feb. 18.
FAIRHAVEN — The north turbine is down for maintenance after a routine inspection found its foundation to be slightly off-level.
The north turbine is down for maintenance after a routine inspection found its foundation to be slightly off-level. Turbine Developer Sumul Shah said the turbine has slightly sunk into that soil area ...The turbine is expected to remain out of operation for another week so that grout used to steady the machine can have time to dry and strengthen.
Disagreement over the syndrome's true nature shouldn't preclude sympathy for the people who are being driven from their homes, or to banging their heads against the wall in frustration. Their complaints aren't sitting well, though, with those who see great promise in wind power as a cheap and efficient source of renewable energy.
"I've talked to a lot of people familiar with lightening strikes in other projects and they have spent lots of time, money, and engineering to chase down the source of the problem, and in the end there is nothing you can do to solve a severe lightning strike," Shah said. "...Turbines get hit by lightning all the time."
Fuses in the turbine have been replaced, but the troubleshooting of systems that "come into play in extreme circumstances" is continuing, Shah said. Determining whether there are problems with the any of the systems requires the turbine to be running.
The Independence wind turbine is offline after damage to its computer system during this weekend's electrical storm.