Pictures filed under Structural Failure

Turbine blade shredded in Illinois

Shabbona_wind_farm_3_thumb A blade at the Shabbona wind energy facility appears to have exploded into hundreds of pieces in this photo. NextEra, who owns the turbine, called the incident unusual. NextEra erected and operates the 145 industrial turbines spread between DeKalb and Lee Counties in Illinois. Sources in DeKalb County have informed Windaction.org that the incident occurred during a powerful lightning storm.
9 May 2010

Turbine blade shredded in Illinois (3)

Shabbona_wind_farm_5_thumb A blade at the Shabbona wind energy facility appears to have exploded into hundreds of pieces in this photo. NextEra, who owns the turbine, called the incident unusual. NextEra erected and operates the 145 industrial turbines spread between DeKalb and Lee Counties in Illinois. Sources in DeKalb County have informed Windaction.org that the incident occurred during a powerful lightning storm.
9 May 2010

Marston Mills wind turbine failure

Marstonmillswindturbine031410b_thumb Two blades of a wind turbine were blown off during the strong nor’easter ravaging Cape Cod. According to spectators near the scene, two blades atop the approximately 60 foot wind turbine blew off around noon. A section of the blades could be seen on the ground approximately 100 feet from the wind turbine. Editor's note: According to news reports, the Aircon-10 turbine was erected in May 2009. It has a capacity of 10 kilowatts and stands 100-feet tall from base to blade tip.
14 Mar 2010

Vestas turbine blade shredded

Lightningdestroysturbine1_20090702_thumb A fierce storm on the afternoon of July 2, 2009 destroyed portions of an industrial wind turbine located between Brieske and Schwarzheide in Germany. Pieces, as shown in this photo, flew 150 meters through the air landing about 50 meters from federal highway Nr. 169. No one was injured. The approximately 40 meter blade broke several trees as it cut a track through the forest. The blade showed signs of lightning damage. The turbine was a Vestas V80- 2MW with a height of 140 meters.
2 Jul 2009

Vestas turbine failure following lightning strike

Lightningdestroysturbine_20090702_thumb A fierce storm on the afternoon of July 2, 2009 destroyed portions of an industrial wind turbine located between Brieske and Schwarzheide in Germany. Pieces, as shown in this photo, flew 150 meters through the air landing about 50 meters from federal highway Nr. 169. No one was injured. The approximately 40 meter blade broke several trees as it cut a track through the forest. The blade showed signs of lightning damage. The turbine was a Vestas V80- 2MW with a height of 140 meters.
2 Jul 2009

Steelwinds turbines undergo repair -- again

Steelwinds_repairs_thumb Turbines at the Steelwinds facility in Lackawanna, New York are undergoing substantial repair -- again. The Steelwinds Project went online in the summer 2007 with eight Clipper 2.5 megawatt turbines. The project was the first to use the Clipper units, touted as the new standard for reliable performance. By late summer 2007, the facility was shut down due to damage in the turbine gear boxes (http://www.windaction.org/news/13133 ) The repairs occurred in early 2008. This photo taken May 12, 2009 shows the facility down again. First Wind, formerly UPC Wind, has provided no information on the root cause of the turbine failure.
12 May 2009

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