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A College-owned fifty-kilowatt wind turbine at the Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA) sustained a direct lightning strike and is currently inoperable. One of the three blades shattered, and Facilities Management (FM) found the pieces on the ground. The damage occurred on the night of September 8.
“Two of the incidents involved blades coming apart during the operation of the turbine in high wind speeds, but resulting from different contributing factors,” said Hall. “The other two incidents of the first four appear to be related to how our control systems responded to a sequence of events in the field. “It does not appear that a single, systemic issue.
GE’s investigation into a string of collapses of its wind turbines in 2019 suggests a variety of factors rather than “a single systemic issue” is behind the first four, the engineer leading the probe revealed to Recharge.
Sandi Briner, senior vice president of communications for EDF Renewables, the parent company for the wind farm, confirmed in a written statement that a “fault alarm” on the turbine notified wind technicians in the site area that there was a problem at about 8:50 a.m. A team went to the site, confirmed the damage and secured the access road leading to “turbine 30,” as the impacted turbine is designated.
A motor on a wind turbine caught fire and is blamed for sparking a wildfire Monday in Mulberry Canyon in southwest Taylor County that has burned more than 200 acres.
WE Energies confirmed the turbine is part of the Glacier Hills Wind Park. The turbine poses no threat or immediate danger to the public. ...Officials are trying to evaluate how to put out the fire. The fire's cause is unknown at this time.
There were approximately 201 people working the fire, including three strike teams, three hand crews, and air resources helped for part of the cycle. Level 3 evacuations were put in place for the Pine Creek Drainage area with 39 structures threatened. As of 6 p.m. Sunday, 242 acres had burned.
Officials say the wind turbine that caught fire is owned by Avangrid and sits on privately-owned land. While 39 homes were threatened by the flames, no structures were damaged.
GE Renewable Energy has identified and addressed the root causes of the two turbine failures earlier this year. The May incident is understood to be down to an issue experienced during a turbine reboot addressed with a software update. The earlier collapse at the Casa Mesa Wind Energy Center is being attributed to a fuse-related blade issue while the turbine was running in overspeed mode during high winds.
Upstream Wind Energy tower 57, located northeast of Neligh, lay crumpled on the ground like a deflated air dancer Friday morning.
About 5:50 p.m., Palm Springs police said that 19th Avenue between McLane Street and Karen Drive was closed because a windmill was spinning out of control.
MATTITUCK, NY — A wind turbine fire broke out at a North Fork winery recently, police said.
“We probably see one or two of these a year out of a fleet of many thousands of turbines,” covered by GCube, McLachlan told Recharge. “It’s not that common. In a very bad year you might get three. “Two that close together, from the same manufacturer ... you would begin to wonder. And certainly one more GE [incident], three, that would tell me there’s something not right there.
“Most failure incidents of wind turbine towers are due to a combination of factors, among which extreme wind is identified as the most common,” says a detailed study of 48 tower collapses between 2000 and 2016 soon to be published by academics from the engineering department at the University of Birmingham in the UK.
The latest incident follows the collapse in February of a GE turbine at the Casa Mesa Wind Energy Center in eastern New Mexico, which only entered commercial operation in the fourth quarter of last year. The US OEM said then that it would investigate what it believed to be “an isolated incident”.
A wind turbine at the Chisholm View wind farm near Hunter, Okla., collapsed Tuesday May 21, 2019. Enel Green Power North America, which owns the turbine, is working to determine why it fell. Access to the site was blocked for safety reasons as of Wednesday May 22, 2019.
The team at Heritage is working to determine the cause of the break and the next steps to take to repair it.
The fire destroyed the nacelle, which houses the main components of the turbine, as well as parts of the blades and tower. Strong winds also carried some debris out into nearby fields.
The charred remains of the generator of the wind turbine that caught fire late Monday afternoon is clearly visible from the Elkton Road. Seley said there was nothing firefighters could do except watch flames consume the unit themselves. "It's way too high and you are not going to save anything," he said.
Firefighters and deputies were called after a wind turbine caught fire near the village of Elkton. Jeff Smith, an Elkton village official, said the fire, which broke out on April 1, is 300 feet in the air and crews cannot reach it to extinguish the blaze. The turbine is part of the Harvest II wind energy facility placed in service in November 2012 by Exelon and is one of 33 Vestas V-100 (1.8 MW) turbines erected in Oliver, Chandler and McKinley townships.