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The MoD maintains that wind turbines can interfere with air defence radar. A turbine can produce a false "aircraft-like return" where it shows up on the system as an aircraft or can result in "clutter" which desensitised radar and increased the risk of a failure to detect.
Plans for a windfarm have been kicked out because they might interfere with equipment at a Cumbrian military range. Councillors have rejected plans to put 15 turbines on a hillside because the Ministry of Defence feared they could hit operations at RAF Spadeadam.
The days of the MoD trying to block planning applications for new turbine developments across the country could soon be at an end. It is thanks to new technology which allows remote radar sites to operate with “wind farm friendly” technology.
Nautilus has dubbed the sector that operates boats for the UK's offshore windfarms the "wild west" of renewable energy. The union says basic safety rules are not being enforced, bullying and harassment are commonplace, crews lack training and are often forced to work in sea conditions beyond recommended limits. ...there is solid evidence of widespread malpractice and says Hammond's comments "smack of complacency."
Mrs Shortman said another turbine caught fire on the other side of her house 20 minutes later. "I've never seen it happen before. There were sparks coming off the turbines. I was worried they might set the other turbines on fire. After an hour, they seemed to burn themselves out, but were still flickering as if they might start again. The hubs of the turbines are all burnt today, but they're still spinning."
The 36.6m turbine, planned for Tops Farm, Cross Edge, Green Haworth, would be 21 miles from Warton Aerodrome, and would cause ‘unacceptable interference’ with the air traffic control radar there, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
A blade that flew off a wind turbine into a field earmarked for development could have killed someone, says a Copeland councillor. The high winds were so strong last Thursday that an arm of the turbine at Seascale School flew off and landed 200 yards away in a field.
Military top brass are becoming increasingly worried about the number of turbines in the region and have told the Scottish Government that a proposed development near Keith could jeopardise the safety of fast jets returning to the Lossiemouth base at up to 500mph.
“We were called out at 2.38 to Flower Scar Road near Todmorden. “A man had fallen inside the turbine. Police, fire and ambulance attended. He was taken to Preston hospital for non-life threatening injuries. “The incident has been reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).”
The company has installed over 20,000 wind turbines worldwide and has received several orders for the high performance 1.6-100 turbine in the UK. To date, GE has supplied or is under contract to supply more than 163.10 MWs of wind turbines to the UK. Fears of a flaw in the huge structures could be costly to the company and heighten public safety concerns.
Strong winds that hit Devon on Saturday night have collapsed a wind turbine. ...Firefighters [also] dismantled a small wind turbine from the roof of a house in Ilfracombe.
In the consultation response Claire Duddy from the MoD said: “The turbines will be within the overlapping low flying areas of 13 and 20T where flight as low as 100ft is authorised. In conjunction with operations at RAF Spadeadam, aircraft are responding to air defence threat systems and the addition of turbines in this location is a flight safety hazard as well as compromising the ability to train.
Mr Webb said it was thought the school’s solar panels caused the fire, but that investigations were ongoing. “It was an extremely hot fire,” he said. “And it could have caused some substantial damage if we had not been available to do some fire-fighting.” Read more: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/chief-fights-school-blaze-crews-strike/story-19844352-detail/story.html#ixzz2g4cqkQlL Follow us: @thisisleics on Twitter | thisisleicestershire on Facebook
Humber Coastguard was first contacted by the towing vessel just before 3am this morning, which reported that the barge was drifting after the tow had parted. The vessel had made a number of attempts to reconnect but was struggling to do so. The wind at the time was a North Westerley force 6 (25-30mph) with a 3-4 metre swell.
The refusal came after the MoD said that the radar at HMS Cambridge in Plymouth, which oversees flights by military aircraft in and out of Devonport, would be affected. "Wind turbines have been shown to have detrimental affects on the performance of MoD air traffic control and range control radars."
Two blades of the turbine were torn off altogether following storms last week, with one piece of debris estimated to have been thrown about 60 yards, after a suspected technical fault was 'magnified' by the wind. The incident has prompted calls for similar structures to be removed from nearby schools.
Two blades were ripped from the 18m high turbine in the Scottish Highlands and thrown up to 60 yards away after it was hit by 40mph gales. A third was left badly buckled. The incident has led to calls for all wind turbines to be removed from school playgrounds in the Highlands as the council's safety trigger for turbines to be shut down currently stands at 80mph winds.
Military top brass say air traffic controllers rely upon accurate radar readings to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft. In a letter to the council's planning board, they said: 'Wind turbines have been shown to have detrimental affects on the performance of MoD air traffic control and range control radars.
"Wind turbines have been shown to have detrimental affects on the performance of MoD air traffic control and range control radars. These include the desensitisation of radar in the vicinity of turbines and the creation of 'false' aircraft returns which air traffic controllers must treat as real."
Turbines show up on radar and are difficult to distinguish from small aircraft, so RAF planes steer six miles clear of them. But with Typhoon jets due to move to Lossiemouth next summer, and the number of turbines nearby growing, air force bosses say they are struggling to cope with further developments.