Videos filed under Structural Failure
One of the Mill Run Wind Energy Center's ten 1.5 megawatt turbines fell to the ground. The project was placed in service in 2001 with total nameplate capacity of 15 megawatts (10 turbines x 1.5 mw). The project was constructed in 2001 and is owned by NextEra Energy.
One of the 12, Vestas V66, 1.75 MW turbines erupted in flames at the 21 MW Piet Wit wind farm on Goeree Vlakke island in the Netherlands. The fire claimed the lives of two service mechanics ages 19 and 21. The facility was undergoing scheduled maintenance. Fiery debris can be seen falling from the tower.
A wind turbine was destroyed by fire near Magdeburg in Germany. The fire was likely caused by hurricane-strength winds, which blew against the rotor blades resulting in the generator becoming overheated. Members of the fire department could not get close to the burning structure due to falling parts. The damage is estimated to be 1.2 million euros.
The blades of a wind turbine located at a vo-tech center in Oklahoma were thrown by a tornado that hit the area. One of the blades smashed into a daycare center a quarter-mile away. ABC News reports that the whereabouts of the other two blades are still unknown. In addition to this single turbine, the Canadian Hills wind energy facility is eight miles away. Another project is proposed in an area just 3 miles away. Duration: 4 minutes 17 seconds
News report of the 173-foot long blade that crashed to the ground and shattered into pieces at the Ocotillo wind facility raises concerns about wind turbines built close to people and sensitive resources. Duration: 3 minutes 29 seconds
Wind farm fire investigation puts firefighters in hot water.
Kahuku residents are questioning whether First Wind has done enough to protect from the community from the potential of toxic smoke. Duration: 2 minutes 19 seconds
A wind turbine near Grafton caught fire Tuesday, May 22 2012. The flames were strong as the smoke streamed from the tower. Fire crews didn't get close at first because of burning debris falling down. Duration: 1 minute 2 seconds
An EF-3 tornado destroys a wind turbine south of Spivey and west of Duquoin in Harper County, Kansas. The HD video is shown at normal size, then it repeats with the video enlarged and enhanced to show the blades ripped off the wind turbine and flying through the air.
This is the wind turbine near Ardrossan that caught fire during high winds in December 2011. THe video was captured from over a mile away. The person taking the video reports he struggled to keep the camera steady in the winds using a Canon A720 camera. Duration: 1 minute 8 seconds
A wind turbine near Dalry and Ardrossan in North Ayrshire caught fire during Scotland's extreme weather on Dec 8th 2011. Duration: 18 seconds
As a damaged wind turbine lays on the ground behind Western Reserve High School where it fell from its tower Sunday afternoon, the district's two other electricity-generating units sit idle while officials with the company that built them try to determine why this one collapsed. The district installed the turbines in 2009, using state funds to cover most of the costs. But the Scottish firm Proven Energy issued a worldwide recall last year to correct a bearing problem discovered in a turbine being used overseas. Duration: 2 minutes
Lightning strikes a wind turbine north of Sterling City, Texas. Duration: 30 seconds
Turbine components weighing 50-tons fell 246 feet to the frozen ground on Saturday (Feb 20, 2009) when the blades of a turbine under construction east of Waverly caught wind and started rotating at a speed reaching 60 rpm. The hub housing the generating components of the Cannon II turbine and the structure's three 177-foot blades collapsed after spinning for hours at the mercy of the wind, says Waverly Light and Power General Manager Diane Johnson. A gust caught the blades prematurely on Friday because, prior to the installation, they were not turned in a way that would have prevented them from catching wind until construction was complete, according to a press release issued by the municipal utility. "It could have spun for days," Johnson says. On Monday, as the mangled blades lay at the base of the tower, construction crews worked to dismantle the structure's top and middle sections to reinforce the turbine. Crew and neighbors were evacuated overnight until the structure collapsed under its own weight. Duration: 10 minutes
FAIRFIELD/NORWAY, N.Y. - The Hardscrabble Wind Project is temporarily suspended after an inspection determined some of the concrete used to make the bases of the turbines is substandard.
A turbine fire at a wind facility approved by Riverside County in California spewed toxic fumes into the homes of nearby residents. The residents describe their experience with the fire. The County supervisors were dismissive of the issue. Duration: 7 minutes 35 seconds
Egin, Salisbury & Riverview Fire responded to a windmill on fire at TransAlta's Kent Hills wind facility in Parkingdale/ Caledonia Mountain at 8:48am. There was nothing the Fire departments could do but watch the turbine burn. Firefighters followed standard protocol recommended by wind turbine manufactuers which requires personnel to allow the turbine to burn out and arrest any fires that might start on the ground due to falling debris. The TransAlta wind facility is located about 30 kms outside of Riverview New Brunswick. This video aired on CTV , CBC & Global NEWS. Duration: 43 seconds
Nome's new 18-turbine wind farm was shut down in May after a manufacturing defect was discovered in a batch of turbines shipped from Entegrity Wind Systems in Canada's Prince Edward Island province. Officials say the problem has nothing to do with Nome's cold and windy climate. Financially troubled Entegrity has so far been unable to ship the needed parts. Nome is hoping to have the wind farm back online before winter; it can provide up to 10 percent of the city's electricity. Duration: 3 minutes 38 seconds
The cause of giant wind turbine destroyed in South Lincolnshire UK has not been established Some theorized a UFO struck a blades. This news report discusses the event. Duration: 2 minutes 3 seconds
Bill Fish wants the Municipality of Chatham-Kent to investigate homemade windmills after his neighbours device came crashing through his roof during yesterdays high winds. He was shocked awake around 3 a.m. when an eight-foot-long wooden blade penetrated the roof, before piercing through the ceiling and wall in a sewing room of his Dufferin Avenue home, located outside of Wallaceburg in Chatham Township. Newspaper account of the incident here. Duration: 1 minute 38 seconds