Videos filed under Structural Failure
This 2.5 MW Clipper model C-96 turbine, part of NextEra's Endeavor I Wind Energy Center, burned for hours before this video was taken. The video shows the turbine's massive blade fall to the ground after first standing on its end before collapsing into a trail of black smoke and flames. The Endeavor I facility is located in Osceola County, Iowa. The turbines stand 420 feet tall including the 153-foot long blades; rotor diameter of 314-feet (96 meters). The 100 MW facility includes 40 turbines and was placed in service in 2008.
On February 5, 2017 in Aquilonia, town in the province of Avellino in the Campania region of Southern Italy, a wind turbine near the road began to turn very fast, then disintegrated, throwing pieces around and forcing the car drivers to make a U-turn. The scene was filmed by some citizens by chance and then spread through the social networks.
A wind turbine in Germany burned for hours because fire fighters did not have ladders long enough to tackle the 100 metre high blaze. The flames struck this morning in the town of Isselburg in North Rhine-Westphalia.
INDIA - This video shows a wind turbine that caught fire and self-destructed. In the background, a second turbine is also on fire. The root cause of the failure has not been disclosed..
This video was posted on Facebook and YouTube. Few details are provided about the incident including the location and timing of the event. (It is not clear the incident occurred in New Zealand.) Nonetheless, the video demonstrates the type of danger a turbine can pose when sited too close to where people may live or gather.
On December 24, 2015, a Vestas wind turbine collapsed in Lemnhult, Sweden.
Wind turbine accident at Nieder Kostenz in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Despite the catastrophic failure, the area was not blocked off from the public. Special thanks to Friends Against Wind for preparing the English subtitles.
Dramatic images of a turbine burning near Sublette Illinois.
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.
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.
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.
One of the 112 wind turbines in Ocotillo Wind Express caught fire on January 15 and smoke was seen fuming from the turbine for hours. Many long-time critics of the wind farm project had cited the likelihood of a wind turbine catching fire as one of numerous safety concerns.
An 80-metre wind turbine has collapsed on a mountainside near Fintona in County Tyrone. It was one of eight 2.5 megawatt turbines on the Screggagh wind farm on Murley mountain. The turbine, valued at over £500,000, collapsed on Friday evening, scattering debris over a wide area hundreds of meters away.
GREAT FALLS -- Engineers from General Electric are working to determine the extent of damage done to a wind turbine just west of Great Falls.
Turbine experiences catastrophic fire.
Following the catestrophic failure of a Clipper turbine sited in Texas, BP documented the desctruction of the tower in this video.
Firefighters responded to the scene, but cleared the area after the wind turbine company, "Locust Ridge Wind Farm," arrived. The plan was to allow the turbine to burn itself out.
The Fowler Ridge Wind facility experienced a catastrophic fire at one of its over 300 turbines. The Benton Review newspaper caught footage of the fire. Benton County dispatchers said fire crews were called to 100 South and Meridian Road just south of Fowler after there were reports of a wind turbine on fire.
One of the Mill Run Wind Energy Center's ten 1.5 megawatt turbines fell to the ground. The project was placed in service in 2001 with total nameplate capacity of 15 megawatts (10 turbines x 1.5 mw). The project was constructed in 2001 and is owned by NextEra Energy.
One of the 12, Vestas V66, 1.75 MW turbines erupted in flames at the 21 MW Piet Wit wind farm on Goeree Vlakke island in the Netherlands. The fire claimed the lives of two service mechanics ages 19 and 21. The facility was undergoing scheduled maintenance. Fiery debris can be seen falling from the tower.