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Invenergy in New York: blade break

Orangeville-t34bladebreak_thumb Invenergy's Orangeville Wind Farm (formerly known as the Stony Creek Wind project) experienced a catastrophic blade break. The project, which is still under construction includes 58 GE 1.6-100 wind turbines (94 megawatts). The turbines are scheduled for commission  the second week of December 2013. Witnesses at the site told WindAction that blade debris flew past the 511-foot safety zone set by the town for participating landowners, 700 feet from property lines for non-participating neighbors, and 1100 feet from non-participating neighbors' structures/residences. The setback distances were requested by Eric Miller of Invenergy to get more turbines in a smaller area.
17 Nov 2013

Wind turbine fire in the Netherlands claims lives of two

Turbineburns-netherlands_thumb Wind turbine fire at the 21 MW Piet Wit wind farm on the Dutch island of Goeree Vlakke. A video of the burning turbine and flaming debris can be seen here. Two technicians lost their lives as a result of the fire at the Deltawind’s 21MW Piet de Wit wind farm near Ooltgensplaat in the Netherlands. The two mechanics (ages 19 and 21) were working on one of 12 Vestas V66-1.75MW turbines when the fire erupted. Deltawind suggested a short circuit on the unit could have caused the fire but no official report has been released. The project was undergoing scheduled maintenance.
29 Oct 2013

Turbine collapse in Japan

Turbine_falls_after_tower_snaps_thumb A 38-ton wind turbine crashed 50 meters to the ground in Kyoto Prefecture after the steel column supporting it snapped. The massive Dutch-made turbine, which sat atop a Japanese-made steel column, was part of a mountain wind farm. It was put up in 2001 with an expected life of at least 17 years.
16 Mar 2013

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