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Kern County firefighters worked to keep a wind turbine fire from spreading to the dry grass below. The project was located in the Oak Creek area off Tehachapi-Willow Springs Road. Oak Creek resident Diana Palmer shared these photos of the effort.
Another of the GE 1.6 megawatt wind turbines at the Wildcat Wind facility in Tipton and Madison Counties, Indiana, experienced a catastrophic failure. Residents in the area have lost county the number of times this has happened at the site. Special thanks to the folks in Tipton County for sharing this photograph taken at the site.
Another turbine was consumed by fire. This time at the Prairie Dog Wind Project in Shallowater, Texas. Firefighters were rightfully concerned that burning pieces from the turbine would cause a brush fire.
Another of the GE 1.6 megawatt wind turbines at the Wildcat Wind facility in Tipton and Madison Counties, Indiana, experienced a catastrophic failure. Special thanks to the folks in Tipton County for sharing this photograph taken at the site.
During construction at a Krampfer wind farm in Germany, the rotor on one of the 200 meter high wind turbines crashed to the ground. The cause of the accident is undetermined.
A wind turbine located in Huron County fell over during a winter storm. The turbine was part of the Harvest I wind project commissioned in 2008. Harvest I includes 32 Vestas V82-1.65 MW turbines.
A 160-foot, 7-ton blade on one of DTE Energy’s wind turbines sited in Sigel Township, Huron County MI was destroyed. The turbine was one of 40 GE 1.6-100 towers. DTE's Sigel Township installation was placed in-service in October 2012.
One of the 32 Vestas V112 3MW turbines sited at the Lemnhult project in Vetlanda municipality in Sweden collapsed and broke into pieces. The project owner, Stena Renewables, could not explain the cause of the failure.
The rotor sheared off a Repower MD77-1500kW turbine in northeast France.
Fire struck another wind turbine in Illinois at a facility near Sublette. Smoke could be seen from miles away. This event occured within 24 hours of several tornados touching down in the same area.
Another turbine burns in rural England on the moors.
The flaming turbine is part of Iberdrola Renewables' Streator Cayuga Ridge South Wind Power Project located in Livingston County, IL. The 300 megawatt facility includes 150 Gamesa G87 2.0 MW turbines. It was placed in-service in March 2010. Residents reported that fire crews were acting “traffic control only”. Iberdrola trucks arrived after fire crews left. The turbine was still burning when Iberdrola left.
A wind turbine at Iberdrola's Farmers City Wind Power Project in Atchison County Missouri burst into flames. The project uses 73 Gamesa G87 2MW turbines and became operational in 2010.
A wind turbine caught fire at the wind farm outside Ocotillo.
"There was a loud bang and then one of the blades span off, and shortly afterwards the gearbox's housing fell to the ground," Henrik Nielsen, one of the officials at the scene.
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.
Wrecked: A Nordex N80 2500kw wind turbine lies in a mangled heap after it was blown over at the Screggah windfarm in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The wind facility consists of eight 2.5 MW turbines and was placed into service in March, 2011. For more pictures visit this site. Prior to the collapse, thunder-like noise coming from the turbine could be heard 7 miles away across the valley. Turbine debris was scattered hundreds of meters away from the turbine's foundation according to a BBC video news report.
A storm that hit the Rio Grande do Sul with winds of 250 km / h (155 mph) dropped eight turbines at the Wind Complex Cerro Chato Eletrosul in Santana do Livramento, a town 492 kilometers from Porto Alegre. Enercon GmbH’s Wobben Windpower erected the first 45 wind turbines (Enercon model E-82 2 MW) at the site beginning in 2010. Prior to this latest incident, there were 108 turbines, each at 2MW for a total of 216 MW.
A GE 1.85 MW turbine (#D12) with an 87-meter rotor collapsed at the Buffalo Dunes wind farm, located near Garden City, Kansas. The failure occurred in the morning of Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. It was not clear at the time if weather was a factor. An investigation is underway.