MINCO, Okla. — A wind turbine near Minco was damaged in overnight storms. Part of one of the blades was broken off and was left dangling in the breeze Friday morning. Some debris landed on part of land owned by Fox 25 Storm Tracker Bobby Hines, Hines said. The Oklahoma Mesonet site in Minco saw a gust of nearly 60 miles an hour during those thunderstorms. Other damage was reported around Oklahoma in the form of downed tree limbs.
Emergency services were called at 6am to the turbine near Wolf Lake in Isselburg in North Rhine-Westphalia to deal with a burning turbine. Investigators looking into possibility that a lightning storm was to blame.
Kern County firefighters worked to keep a wind turbine fire from spreading to the dry grass below. The project was located in the Oak Creek area off Tehachapi-Willow Springs Road. Oak Creek resident Diana Palmer shared these photos of the effort.
Another of the GE 1.6 megawatt wind turbines at the Wildcat Wind facility in Tipton and Madison Counties, Indiana, experienced a catastrophic failure. Residents in the area have lost county the number of times this has happened at the site. Special thanks to the folks in Tipton County for sharing this photograph taken at the site.
Another turbine was consumed by fire. This time at the Prairie Dog Wind Project in Shallowater, Texas. Firefighters were rightfully concerned that burning pieces from the turbine would cause a brush fire.
Another of the GE 1.6 megawatt wind turbines at the Wildcat Wind facility in Tipton and Madison Counties, Indiana, experienced a catastrophic failure. Special thanks to the folks in Tipton County for sharing this photograph taken at the site.
This Vestas V80, 1.8 megawatt wind turbine has been tethered while engineers try to determine why it is leaning to one side.
These photos clearly demonstrate how wind turbines alter the views and landscape of a community. The towers were sited by NextEra as part of the Tuscola Bay Wind and Wind II facilities. A total of 134 turbines were erected in 2012 and 2013 for a maximum output of 220 megawatts.
During construction at a Krampfer wind farm in Germany, the rotor on one of the 200 meter high wind turbines crashed to the ground. The cause of the accident is undetermined.
A wind turbine located in Huron County fell over during a winter storm. The turbine was part of the Harvest I wind project commissioned in 2008. Harvest I includes 32 Vestas V82-1.65 MW turbines.
A 160-foot, 7-ton blade on one of DTE Energy’s wind turbines sited in Sigel Township, Huron County MI was destroyed. The turbine was one of 40 GE 1.6-100 towers. DTE's Sigel Township installation was placed in-service in October 2012.
The Thanet Offshore Wind facility located approximately 12 km off Foreness Point, Margate, and the most eastern part of Kent. The project has been operational since 2010 and consists of 100 Vestas V90 3MW wind turbines for a total installed capacity of 300MW.
One of the 32 Vestas V112 3MW turbines sited at the Lemnhult project in Vetlanda municipality in Sweden collapsed and broke into pieces. The project owner, Stena Renewables, could not explain the cause of the failure.
The rotor sheared off a Repower MD77-1500kW turbine in northeast France.
Warning from the Cogar Volunteer Fire Department: Please beware of large chunks of ice being launched great distance by the wind turbines in our area! Please use extreme caution and stay a safe distance away from them. We have seen 3 wires of new barbed wire fences broken by ice chunks from the blades of these massive machines. The pictures of the ice chunks below were recovered about 125 yds from the base of a turbine about 4:30 pm this afternoon. Much larger and thicker pieces had impacted closer to the base.
This view of the Wolfe Island wind energy facility demonstrates how the turbines overwhelm the community.
These images demonstrate the size and scale of land preparation required to construct turbine projects using machines standing nearly 500-feet in height. First Wind is constructing its 57-turbine wind facility in Somerset County, Maine. The project, at 185 MW, will be the largest in Maine and in New England. The turbines will have a tower height of 94 Meters and rotor diameter for the three blades of 112 or 113 meters placing the total height with the blade fully extended at 150 meters (492 feet) or more. SunEdison will be using 47 Vestas’ V112-3.3 MW turbine for the project together with components previously ordered from Vestas. Reporting on the actual number and capacity of the turbines has varied due to First Wind changing turbine models but it appears that ten of the turbines will be Vestas V112-3.0 MW.
This recent photo of the wind turbines on Lowell Mountain in northern Vermont in a lightning storm provokes the thoughts of the dangers of forest fires as these machines are erected throughout heavily forested areas in northern New England.
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.