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A blade of a wind turbine separated and crashed to the ground on the South Mountain in western Wyoming County on Sunday. ...The 88-turbine park opened in January 2013.
Reeves said when Smithfield and Morrisville fire departments arrived at the scene, it was determined the generator housing was ablaze, sending flames up the tip of one of the blades. The departments determined letting it safely burn down was the best course of action.
The turbine, located south of Loving Road in the Cox Mountain vicinity, part of the Senate Wind Farm, burned as firefighters monitored it.
An electrical blowout at one of the large wind turbines northwest of town has put the machine out of commission, effectively reducing Nome’s wind energy by a third.
Having ordered the necessary parts, turbine owners are hoping that Fairhaven's north turbine will soon be blowing in the wind once more.
Lightning struck one of the six wind turbines around 8:30 p.m. on Friday, hitting one of the blades and partially melting it.
From November through March the turbine was more or less fully functional. ...Then the brakes deployed incorrectly one day. “They’re machines and machines break. Not only do machines break, but turbines are a couple of hundred feet up in the air, so they are a little more difficult to repair.”
But not all 70 turbines at the park may be in operation after repairs. Instead, DTE is building another substation south of Pigeon Road near Grassmere Road to handle power generated from the park. "We only have capacity to put 50 megawatts of the 110 onto the grid," Serafin said.
That leaves 15 of the original 18 wind turbines at the Banner Wind Farm still standing. “One was destroyed during first the winter. One had delaminated blades. A then a third one was taken down and used for parts. And now this one.”
Disappointment and frustration, that’s how city commissioners describe the challenge of what was supposed to be a money-saver for citizens of El Dorado. Instead, commissioners say its been a series of trial and error trying to get it to work consistently.
“I think it would be really disastrous for us to take it down for a number of reasons,” Town Planner Gary Crosbysaid. “Our taxpayers would have to continue to pay the loan off, plus it wouldn’t be good for the wind industry as a whole to have a failed project like this.” However, he said, if the town gets the turbine running again, the operation won’t be the money-maker that it originally set out to be.
Kallhoff said he was out in his yard working when he heard a loud noise come from the south. When he looked up, he saw pieces of a wind turbine blade falling to the ground from a wind tower located just over a mile from his house. It marks the second time in less than two weeks that there has been a structural failure on a wind turbine blade.
Winds were strong in the area that day, and wind farm owner Invenergy said the blade at Prairie Breeze unit #51 experienced a structural failure.
A second blade has fallen from a wind turbine in the Wildcat Wind Farm in Tipton County in around two months. A spokesperson for General Electric, which manufactures the blades, said early signs indicate lighting was the reason.
A GE blade has failed at the 200MW Wildcat 1 wind farm in Indiana for the second time in two months. Yesterday a blade broke off a 1.6MW turbine at the project, which is owned by Eon Climate and Renewables North America.
Officials with EverPower, who own the turbines near Dunlo in Adams Township, said the fiberglass blades on one turbine broke Monday afternoon, snapping in half and were left hanging in the air.
A wind turbine in Fowler catches fire in Benton County Friday morning. Witnesses report seeing the turbine shooting flames and sparks from its motor.
It stands idle on the northeast side of Tipton County, one of its three blades broken off. But more than two weeks after wind turbine G14 lost its blade, it is still unclear why, and when the turbine will be back up and running. A representative of E.On who asked not to be identified said Tuesday that the company is in the process of acquiring a rare crane, which will be brought to Tipton County to disassemble the entire turbine hub.
Still, the experiment has been plagued with problems from the start, from delivery delays and then assembly delays after a Saugus firm contracted to erect it last summer did not deliver on the service. And now comes the cracked rotor in the turbine’s generator box, believed to have occurred during tests last month.
The Lynnway wind turbine has a cracked rotor due to cold weather. Repairs will begin Feb. 18.