Oklahoma Forestry Services reports that on March 28 a wind turbine two miles south of Weatherford caught fire, throwing sparks to the ground. The sparks caused a grass fire that was contained after growing to approximately five acres. Eight fire engines responded to the scene and were able to contain the fire.
Thick, black smoke fills the sky as a turbine burns in Weatherford Oklahoma. The turbine is part of NextEra's Weatherford Wind Energy Center commissioned in 2005. The project consists of 98 GE1.5sle (1.5MW) turbines for a total nameplate capacity of 147 MW.
The citizens group, Gegenwind Borchen, shows on its website photos of fiberglass parts of shredded turbine blades scattered several hundred meters away. The fragments are from an Enercon E-115 turbine that experienced a catastrophic failure within days of the turbine being erected. The mayor of Borchen, Reiner Allerdissen, called for an immediate halt to construction at the facility until the cause of the failure is known. The turbine stands about 200 meters (656 feet) high.
The turbine that collapsed was a GE 1.5MW xle, placed in service in 2011 by US-based Invenergy as part of the 52-turbine (78 MW) Raleigh wind facility in Chatham-Kent in southwest Ontario. The project was soled to Terraform in 2015. No information has been released as to the cause of the failure.
A wind turbine lies in a field after it collapsed during storm 'Burglind' in Volksdorf near Hanover, Germany. The 70-meter tower collapse happened on Wednesday, Jan. 3 2018 after parts of the rotor had broken. Nobody was injured.
The failed turbine appears to be one of eight placed online in Bouin, France in June 2003. The Nordex N80/2500kw turbines are 2.5 MW each for a total project capacity of 20 MW. The project is owned by SIIF Energies France (EDF subsidiary for renewable energy projects) and REVe (Régie d’Eletricité de Vendée).
DTE Energy's Sigel wind energy facility experienced another blade failure. Other blades have failed in recent years at the same project. The Sigel project is comprised of 40 GE 1.6-100 towers and was placed in service in October 2012.
This aerial picture taken by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows how hurricane-force winds shredded one of the Vestas turbines at the Punta de Lima project in Puerto Rico. The Punta de Lima Wind facility, developed by Gestamp Wind, began operation in April 2013 and includes 13 Vestas 1.8 megawatt turbines for a total capacity of 23.4 megawatts.
Another turbine failure has been reported at Michigan's Deerfield wind facility in Huron County. The Deerfield project includes a mix of Vestas V110 2MW and 2.2MW machines for a total installed capacity of 150 MW. Two blades on separate turbines broke in half in late 2016 when the project was in the process of being commissioned. There was “an anomaly in the manufacturing process that resulted in a cavity in the blade shell support structure where the blades broke,” Vestas told reNEWS. Fifty blades in the 72-turbine facility shared the same flaw. No information is available on the cause of this recent failure.
The incident involved a 1.7 MW GE turbine at the Shannon (204 MW) wind facility outside of Windthorst TX which was placed in service December 2015.
One of the 44 GE 1.7 MW turbines sited at NextEra's Steele Flats wind facility suffered a catastrophic collapse. The 74.8-megawatt wind plant located in Jefferson and Gage Counties, Nebraska was placed in service in October 2013.
There was another fire at an operating wind plant in Texas. The turbine was part of the 174 MW Salt Fork Wind project, located in Donley and Gray Counties, east of Amarillo. The 87 Vestas V100 (2.0 MW) wind turbines was installed by EDF Renewables and placed into service in December 2016. EDF Renewables sold the facility to the Southern Company. Photos courtesy of Greg Hendricks.
A turbine at Nextera Energy's Breckinridge wind energy facility suffered a catastrophic blade failure which threw the blade at least 300 feet from the base of the tower. The Breckinridge facility which was place online in August 2015, uses 57 GE 1.7 megawatt XLE turbines. The site has a nameplate capacity of 98.1 megawatts.
Acciona turbine leaks oil and hydraulic fluids at an operating wind plant sited along the Tehuantepec isthmus in Mexico. Similar complaints of pollution have been reported throughout the area.
This is a photosimulation of U.S. Wind's proposed offshore wind facility to be sited 12-miles off the coast of Maryland. U.S. Wind secured the lease rights to two locations off the coast of Ocean City. In total the company is seeking permission to erect up to 187 turbines (750 MW) within an 80,000-acre area.
This 100-foot turbine sited in Narragansett collapsed in winds over 50 miles per hour.
Iberdrola/Amazon Desert Wind project consists of 104 turbines for a total installed capacity of 208 megawatts. The landscape of North Carolina is now littered with massive turbines and 62 miles of access roads. Special thanks to Don Carrington for sharing his photos.
The Nurlu wind energy facility suffered a catastrophic blade failure. The four Gamesa G90-2 MW turbines are owned and operated by EDF Renewable Energies (Iberdrola) and have been in service since 2010.
Another blade failure on a wind turbine recently occurred a couple miles south of Minden City on Minden Road in northern Sanilac County. Much of the blade has broken off. Work on replacing the blade will likely have to wait until Spring, leaving this unit out of service for some time.
A wind turbine burned for hours in Hamina as firefighters watched helplessly. Image: