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Firefighters dealt with a wind turbine converter fire this afternoon near Pontyates.
A Mersey diver’s death at an off-shore wind farm is to be re-investigated after authorities wrongly ruled that he died from an undiagnosed heart condition. Stephen O’Malley was throttled when his neck dam ring, connected to his helmet, tightened as he worked in the North Sea, off the German shore, more than three years ago.
Siemens Public Limited Company (plc) and RWE Innogy UK Limited (RWE) were fined after 27-year-old Colin Sinclair was killed when he came into contact with the unguarded rotating shaft of a gearbox within a turbine at Causeymire windfarm.
Lindsay Easton was killed while driving on a steep access road at Scout Moor quarry ...The quarry is part of the Scout Moor wind farm site, the largest inshore site in the country, which is operated by Peel Energy. “This tragedy was entirely avoidable had the company acted responsibly and ensured their crane fleet was effectively serviced and maintained.
The death of a Merseyside diver - fatally choked while working on a German off-shore wind farm - needs an urgent probe, parliament will be told today.
The university said it needs to start building the six turbines by March but it has yet to agree with the Ministry of Defence how it will prevent interference with air traffic control at Leuchars. Planning consent was granted two years ago.
Light aircraft pilots have warned it is “just a matter of time” before wind farms cause a “disastrous” accident in Scotland.
A "shocking" military dossier reveals a catalogue of potentially catastrophic air safety incidents, many of them related to unlit turbines and new or uncharted developments. However, the Ministry of Defence withheld more information on national security grounds meaning the real number could be much higher.
RAF pilots have reported a catalogue of near misses with wind farms in the United Kingdom. Pilots are making over 1,000 manual corrections to their charts every month to try and keep up with the changes. This document presents the reports completed by the pilots. The Light Aircraft Association (LAA) also warns there is a potential for a mid-air disaster.
Air chiefs at BAE, who own Warton Airfield, where the affected air traffic control radar is situated, have backed the MoD’s protest that the 115-metre high structures would block the radar.
“A pre-construction survey for the Race Bank offshore wind farm has so far identified a number of confirmed incidences of unexploded ordinance (UXO), with other possible cases still being checked.
Neighbours are demanding safety assurances after a wind turbine burst into flames near their homes on a stretch of West Yorkshire moorland. Todmorden and Bacup firefighters were called out when a turbine at Todmorden caught fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning, June 3.
“As a further precautionary measure a 300 metre exclusion zone has been set up around the damaged turbine. “Given the expected increase in wind speeds in the coming days, we ask the public to stay away from the designated area for their own safety.
Another turbine burns in rural England on the moors.
When they arrived at the scene engineers advised crews to let the fire burn itself out due the high risk of high voltage and oil in the structure. A perimeter of 300m was put in place around the turbine encase of falling debris.
"Apparently one of the turbines has been struck by lightning more than once, on one occasion loud enough as to wake people and cause considerable damage. They are much taller than any other structure, so they would be expected to be struck by lightning. But in this case it completely destroyed a blade."
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.
Graeme Steel, a local Stow resident, has found a large piece of turbine blade from the Long Park wind farm on the minor road that runs from Stow towards Blainslie and Earlston. The piece is the length of his truck, and had hit the dyke alongside the road. This is a clear danger to the public. The damaged turbine is fully visible as well.
A 328-foot tall wind turbine worth more than £2 million has buckled and collapsed on a mountainside in Northern Ireland. Unconfirmed reports suggested the blades of the turbine had spun out of control - despite only light wind speeds - before the structure came crashing to the ground on Friday.
Mr Millinder said the money from electricity the turbine could already have generated has been lost, and that he will look to sue DTVA to recover the company’s losses. He said: “I would lay the blame at the door of the airport. We have lost around £2.8m from the tariff. ...There is no technology available that would have been able to satisfy the airport’s submission."