Articles filed under Structural Failure from Canada

Rotor blade leading edge erosion – Real life experiences

1012_bladefeature_thumb During the early years of the North American Wind Industry, the general misconception regarding blade maintenance was that once the blades were in the air, routine maintenance was not required. As the industry matured, some tough lessons were learned. Maintenance, especially on the leading edge of the blade, is not only recommended but essential if blades are to reach their design life expectancy.
18 Oct 2012

Five Nuttby turbines taken out of service for repairs

The exact cost to fix the problem wasn't known Wednesday evening. Faith said it's unlikely the information would have been provided to the power company. Because the farm was up and running ahead of schedule, Faith doesn't believe the downtime required to fix the five turbines will "have a dramatic impact" on the utility's energy goals for the site.
6 Jan 2011

Nuttby Mountain turbines improperly installed

There are problems with the foundations of at least five of the 22 wind turbines installed this past summer at Nova Scotia Power's wind farm on Nuttby Mountain, north of Truro, CBC News has learned. Three of the turbines are shut down for repairs because the 400-tonne concrete pads were improperly installed.
6 Jan 2011

RCMP turbine idle again

For the third time since it went online, the wind turbine at the RCMP detachment in West Amherst is on the fritz. ...The turbine, which cost $225,000 to erect, broke down during a 2007 electrical storm and failed in 2008 after a fire in an electrical panel.
15 Feb 2010

Wind farm fire called first of its kind

New Brunswick's first commercial wind farm will lose several weeks of electricity output from one of its 32 turbines after a major fire damaged the towering structure on the weekend. The blackened shell of the wind turbine, much of its white coating peeled away, was obscured by fog and clouds at the TransAlta wind farm in Albert County.
13 Aug 2009

N.B. wind farm operator deals with loss of output

New Brunswick's first commercial wind farm will lose several weeks of electricity output from one of its 32 turbines after a major fire damaged the towering structure on the weekend. The blackened shell of the wind turbine, much of its white coating peeled away, was obscured by fog and clouds at the TransAlta wind farm in Albert County on Monday.
11 Aug 2009

Turbine catches fire

One of the 32 wind turbines operating at the Kent Hills wind farm caught fire over the weekend. ...A passer-by saw smoke and called the fire department. Officials haven't been able to confirm the cause of the fire yet. Vestas, the company that supplies the turbines, will have a team on site today to try and determine what happened.
10 Aug 2009

Eastern P.E.I. wind turbines break down again

Two of the turbines at P.E.I.'s $47-million wind farm in East Point are under repairs for the second time in just over a year. The V-90 turbines - named for their 90-metre blade span - are having problems with their gear boxes, the same thing that took them down last spring. ...MacQuarrie said Vestas, the manufacturer of the turbines, is still refining the gearboxes.
23 Jul 2009

Turbine blade slashes into neighbouring home

Bill Fish wants the Municipality of Chatham-Kent to investigate homemade windmills after his neighbour's device came crashing through his roof during yesterday's high winds. He was shocked awake around 3 a.m. when an eight-foot-long wooden blade penetrated the roof, before piercing through the ceiling and wall in a sewing room of his Dufferin Avenue home, located outside of Wallaceburg in Chatham Township.
12 Feb 2009

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