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A wind turbine near Emington burned Sunday afternoon, bringing attention from people for miles.
Iberdrola Renewables' Streator Cayuga Ridge South Wind Power Project located in Livingston County, IL experienced a catastrophic failure at one of the 150 Gamesa G87 2.0 MW turbines. Illinois residents caught the fire on video.
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.
"On approach, we could see a lot of heavy smoke coming from the turbine," said Manchester. "As we got closer, we were able to see there was quite a bit of flame coming from the top portion of the turbine where the blades attach. We were advised by Iberdrola not to approach the turbine, just due to the safety factor, because there was a lot of debris that was burning and falling off.
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.
"On approach, we could see a lot of heavy smoke coming from the turbine," said Manchester. "As we got closer, we were able to see there was quite a bit of flame coming from the top portion of the turbine where the blades attach.
A turbine at Iberdola Renewables Farmers City wind project was destroyed by flame. This short video was taken approximately 30-45 minutes after the fire reportedly started. The 146 megawatt (MW) project is located in Atchison County, in the northwest corner of Missouri. The 73 Gamesa G87 (2.0 MW) turbines were commissioned in 2009.
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According to the FAA, the pilot was familiar with the accident area. Specifically, the pilot was familiar with the wind turbine farm and had expressed his concern about the wind turbine farm to the FAA Flight Standards District Office in Rapid City, South Dakota. The details of his concerns were not available.
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Any evidence that France places more restrictions on wind-turbine development than other countries may stem from the country’s military doctrine, he said. Turbines are also getting bigger and so can cause more disruptions to radar installations.
What killed the Maryland project? Well, ostensibly: the Department of Defense. It turns out that the military gets antsy when you put up giant (575-foot) towers around an air base.
Half an hour before midnight, a report of a wind turbine on fire was received at the West-Viru County. Falling pieces of burning turbine required traffic on the road nearby to be shut down throughout the night. Sparks ignited both sides of the road.
Wind turbine flame at operating project in Estonia.
The Great Bay wind energy project with wind turbines nearing 600 feet high was deemed a threat to national security last fall by the Department of Defense because of possible interference to a specialized radar system at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in St. Mary’s County.
The global maintenance expenditure on wind turbines - vital to productivity - is expected rise from $9.25bn in 2014 to $17bn in 2020. ...The report also reveals that the operation and maintenance (O&M) costs for offshore turbines are 2-4 times more than onshore.
All turbines at Screggagh Wind Farm Ltd near Fintona, Co Tyrone, were shut down after the turbine collapsed on January 2, scattering debris over a wide area. Winds were said to be light at the time.
"Apparently one of the turbines has been struck by lightning more than once, on one occasion loud enough as to wake people and cause considerable damage. They are much taller than any other structure, so they would be expected to be struck by lightning. But in this case it completely destroyed a blade."
Green energy represents a key investment in the globe’s future but, as this and other issues reveal, it can come with hidden problems the energy suppliers need to tackle head-on. Accidents are a risk in any industry, and firefighters always take their lives into their hands on the job, but improving safety records–Kahuku had multiple battery fires before the devastating 2012 incident–should be a priority if we are to achieve our green energy goals.
The bill would require the Maryland Public Service Commission to evaluate the impact of a proposed wind project that “directly or indirectly encroaches on existing, private, state, federal or military infrastructure, resources, facilities, ranges, or operating environments,” and prohibits the commission from approving such a project “unless the proposed offshore wind project will not impact restricted areas and a specified warning area in a specified manner.”