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“Turbines are magnets for lightning which is why they are fitted with conductors to transfer the energy to the ground but they can cause significant damage. Blades can explode; generators and control system electronics can incinerate. “The repair of lightning damage can be dangerous and expensive.
The analysis of almost 3,000 onshore wind turbines — the biggest study of its kind —warns that they will continue to generate electricity effectively for just 12 to 15 years. The wind energy industry and the Government base all their calculations on turbines enjoying a lifespan of 20 to 25 years.
Janet Nicholls said bits of fibreglass and a huge blade from the machine came crashing down into the field where five of her and her husband David's nine horses were grazing. The collapse was part of mass devastation across Cornwall. ..."Part of the machine still looks like it's going to fall off. It's been there four or five years.
One of the thirteen Gamesa 2.0 megawatt turbines at the Lynemouth wind farm near Ashington caught fire.
The incident involved one of 5 turbines at the Ransonmoor wind farm located in the Fens of Cambridgeshire. The project consists of 2 Senvion MM82 and 3 Gamesa G80 wind turbines for a total nameplate capacity is 10.1 MW. The Gamesa turbines were placed in sevrice in 2007; the Senvion turbines followed a year later in 2008. The damaged turbine was built by Gamesa.
A wind turbine is being allowed to burn itself out after being struck by lightning. Fire crews are at the scene of the blaze at Ransonmoor wind farm, near Doddington, following the lightning strike in the early hours of the morning.
Footage shot by firefighters at the site shows the nacelle of the turbine burned out, one blade still burning, smoke damage at the base of the tower, and smoke billowing out into the Fenland countryside.
Siemens Gamesa has commenced a blade repair and upgrade campaign at the Anholt offshore wind farm, after signing agreements with Ørsted for these works to be carried out on the Danish offshore wind farm and UK’s London Array, both featuring Siemens Gamesa’s 3.6MW wind turbines that have been affected by leading edge erosion.
Erosion repairs to the turbines could cost millions of pounds as the owners are forced to carry out emergency repairs to 140 of the turbines.
Ørsted must repair up to 2,000 wind turbine blades because the leading edge of the blades has worn down after just a few years at sea. The company has a total of 646 wind turbines from Siemens Gamesa each of which may be affected at different degrees, confirms Ørsted to Finans.
The astonishing structural failure of the £2 million machine has prompted demands for information by the community in Barrhill. Scottish Power Renewables failed to alert the public to the incident for seven days. ...“Debris was spread over half a kilometre and a crane was been brought in to try and clear the damage.
A wind turbine has collapsed in the south-west of Scotland, BBC Scotland understands. The incident happened at Kilgallioch wind farm early last Friday. An investigation has been launched by developer Scottish Power Renewables and turbine manufacturer Gamesa.
Energy giant Innogy is investigating after one of its wind turbines was destroyed by a fire. ...a study backed by Imperial College has suggested they may be more common than is thought.
On the evening of the 6 January 2017, Emergency Services were called to Knabs Ridge wind farm, near to Harrogate.
A dog walker watched in horror as Storm Barbara blew the blades from a wind turbine - and they headed towards him. ...TGC Renewables applied for the wind farm at Scar End in 2012 and was initially rejected. That decision was overturned later that year on appeal by the planning inspector.
The Technology and Construction Court in London has ruled that cracking discovered on some of the 140 monopiles built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Ltd (ZPMC) for the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm ”was largely a result of various failures by ZPMC to maintain correct preheat temperature of the welds to the monopiles.”
A wind turbine had to be taken down by Shropshire firefighters and engineers after concerns about its stability during storm weather.
Firefighters dealt with a wind turbine converter fire this afternoon near Pontyates.
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.