This recent photo of the wind turbines on Lowell Mountain in northern Vermont in a lightning storm provokes the thoughts of the dangers of forest fires as these machines are erected throughout heavily forested areas in northern New England.
These before and after photos by Hermann Dirr of windflut-elpe.de demonstrate the devastation of Germany's landscape due to wind energy. The photos that show the turbines are not simulations but actual photographs of current conditions. Those images without the turbines have been altered to have the turbines removed. The full slide presentation, can be accessed by clicking the link on this page. The creators of this content hope that those who see these images will understand the enormity of the impacts.
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.
The Westermost Wind facility dominates the horizon of a North Sea beach. The project was placed in-service in 2015. It consists of 35 Siemens 6 megawatt turbines (210 MW) just 5 miles off the shoreline. The turbine blades are 246-feet long with a rotor diameter of 505 feet.
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.
Numerous residents living within, or in the environs of Duke Energy's Shirley Wind project in the Town of Glenmore, WI are now displaying 4' x 4' yard signs stating what the Brown County Board of Health officially declared, namely, that the Shirley Wind turbines are "a human health hazard" There are now 20 families displaying the signs, many of which are shown on this page. Visitors to this page are encouraged to share these photos with others. The photos can be downloaded in high resolution by clicking the links below.
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.
An 18-inch piece of the serrated edge of a wind turbine blade broke off and was thrown at least 400 feet from the turbine sited in Ontario, Canada. The saw-toothed edges are meant to reduce noise from the turbines and improve the efficiency of the machine. More information can be found here.
A 44-meter wind turbine collapsed following a lightning striking one of the 26 turbines at the Little Cheyne Court wind facility.
The 7 megawatt machine, located just 50 meters off the coast at Methil is a test system for Korean-based Samsung Heavy Industries to evaluate the technical capabilities of the machine. The turbine has a total height of height of 643 ft (196m),
The wind farm in Van Wert County, Ohio.
A lightning strike damaged one of the wind turbines at the Horseshoe Bend Wind Park outside Great Falls.