These before and after photos by Hermann Dirr of windflut-elpe.de demonstrate the devastation of Germany's landscape due to wind energy. 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 and use the photos to explain to others the madness of wind energy.
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: The 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 erected in 2010. 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.
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),
A lightning strike damaged one of the wind turbines at the Horseshoe Bend Wind Park outside Great Falls.
There was another turbine blade failure at the Wildcat Wind I facility owned by E.ON Climate and Renewables. The incident occurred sometime during the evening of April 2nd. The turbine is located just east of 500 East and north of Hiway 28 in Tipton County.This is the second blade failure at the project since February. The 200 MW project, consisting of 125 GE 1.6 XLE turbines was placed in service at the end of 2012. No cause of failure has been reported although lightning is an expected cause. The broken blade was found on the ground between 75-100 feet from the tower.
Iberdrola's Locust Ridge wind energy facility experienced a catestrophic turbine fire. The project, located in Mahanoy City in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, was constructed in two phases and totals 64 Gamesa 2 MW turbines across more than 10 miles of ridgeline. Phase I (13 turbines) was completed in 2006. Phase II (51 turbines) was placed in-service in 2009. The turbine was permitted to burn itself out.
DTE Energy's 112 MW Echo Wind project is under construction in the townships of Elkton, Chandler, and Oliver in Michigan's Huron County. Construction of the wind facility's 70 GE 1.6 MW wind turbines was completed in mid-October. GE's commissioning of the project was scheduled to be completed by the end of November. The company suspended commissioning activities after experiencing a catastrophic blade failure on Nov. 7, 2013.