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The massive structure, near the Begny Hill Road between Dromara and Ballynahinch, was photographed lying in pieces on the ground. The images also showed a large crane active on the site amid the wreckage.
They are used to generate electricity but this wind turbine at Ballynahinch, County Down, sparked interest from a sharp-eyed snapper after appearing to keel over.
The astonishing structural failure of the £2 million machine has prompted demands for information by the community in Barrhill. Scottish Power Renewables failed to alert the public to the incident for seven days. ...“Debris was spread over half a kilometre and a crane was been brought in to try and clear the damage.
A wind turbine has collapsed in the south-west of Scotland, BBC Scotland understands. The incident happened at Kilgallioch wind farm early last Friday. An investigation has been launched by developer Scottish Power Renewables and turbine manufacturer Gamesa.
According to a hunter, a major incident occurred Wednesday morning at the Nurlu wind farm: a blade rolled out of the rotor and was shredded into several pieces on the ground.
Gauger said it’s been determined that the “old style” keyway pitch motor is “defective” and not able to handle the load that is being placed on them by longer blades. He said the motor is essentially trying to adjust itself so that there is less drag. “What happens is on the upswing or the downswing, it’s actually got some slack in there and that’s that clunking noise that people are hearing,” Gauger said.
The 320-foot-tall turbine was completed less than a month ago, on Dec. 20. “The manufacturer is en route to assess the cause as well as inspect the turbine.”
Energy giant Innogy is investigating after one of its wind turbines was destroyed by a fire. ...a study backed by Imperial College has suggested they may be more common than is thought.
Lotta Schmidt said “a combination of factors” led to the collapse, but despite being asked several times to specify what those factors were she declined to elaborate. “The fact that it’s not a design or a technical issue allows us to be confident that it’s not something that can happen at other sites.
In Hamina, some 50 kilometres to the south, fire destroyed a wind power generator early Friday. As the blaze occurred at a height of about 100 metres, firefighters were unable to combat it.
On the evening of the 6 January 2017, Emergency Services were called to Knabs Ridge wind farm, near to Harrogate.
"If it's too windy, then maybe it's not the right place for it [the turbine]," said Doreen Aucoin. "Because it is close to houses and I imagine the people up the hill ... they must have been scared because it was right near to their house."
A blade has been blown off a Vestas turbine at Bindesbol, western Denmark during storm Urd, local publication Dagbladet Ringkobing-Skjern reported last week.
The province’s energy minister says setback regulations are in place to protect the public and neighbouring landowners should wind turbines fall, as has happened twice in Cape Breton in the past five months.
In the past four weeks, four giant power-generating wind turbines in Germany have either toppled over or experienced broken rotary blades. Now the question is: How safe are wind turbines really?
It’s shattered it to pieces, blown apart by a south easterly wind, it was blown to pieces — incredible power. -- Pierre Chiasson
People in the Grand Étang area of Nova Scotia's Inverness County tweeted photos and video of a wind turbine, whose main trunk was snapped clean in two, with the leftover blade apparatus lying at its base.
So far the investigation has found that one of three blades failed catastrophically, thus creating a huge imbalance that caused the tower to buckle 15 meters above the ground and led to the structure crashing down. ...The incident comes weeks after a similar turbine collapse in the Mecklenburg Pommeria town of Süderholz.
Three days after the disaster of a wind turbine near Leisnig in Central Saxony, a technical defect has been found as the cause of the accident. After completion of the investigation it was clear that one of three rotor blades was broken.
As the storm Urd raged, a blade was torn off a wind turbine at Bindesbøl. Vestas, which has manufactured the turbine, is still not clear how the blade fell off.