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“An investigation has been launched into the cause of the incident and the best course of action going forward,” added a statement from Vattenfall. “So far, a 500 meter safety zone has been established around the mill, in which ships are not allowed to travel.”
Developers Vattenfall and Ørsted are analysing why Vestas’ V80-2.0MW turbine caught fire at the Danish wind farm. Vattenfall and Ørsted are investigating after a turbine at their co-owned 160MW Horns Rev 1 wind farm off Denmark caught fire.
"The windmill stands so it is above the two-sided farm building that housed the bull calves. The blades fell into the building, and fire spread in the stable and the hamlet in there, which we tried to control," said Lars Stensbjerg, who is the leader of fire and rescue MidtVest.
The situation developed dramatically as one of the wind turbine blades which was in flames, fell into a nearby farm building that housed between 30 and 40 bull calves in the stable buildings.
A test version of MHI Vestas' V164 turbine, the world's most powerful wind turbine at 9 megawatts, has caught fire.
A blade has been blown off a Vestas turbine at Bindesbol, western Denmark during storm Urd, local publication Dagbladet Ringkobing-Skjern reported last week.
Employees at Siemens Wind Power in Denmark have reported complaints of chronic illness from manufacturing wind turbines. In the last 10 years, at least 64 cases have been confirmed of employees becoming ill from exposure to hazardous chemicals in their job at the turbine facility.
Due to harsh weather, A2SEA's installation vessel, Sea Worker, has capsized off the coast of Nymindegab, Denmark. The evacuation took place on 27-Jan-2016 at approximately 03:10am off the North Sea coast by a lifeboat from Hvide Sande. The vessel was was in transit to Esbjerg.
Siemens stated: "the findings indicate that there was a fracture in the welding connecting the tower top flange with the tower. The crack developed over time, ultimately leading to a separation of the tower top flange with the rest of the tower."
A large turbine at a Samsø offshore windfarm was wrecked on Saturday, bringing electricity production at the site to a halt. For unknown reasons, the 100-metre-high turbine lost its top part and all of its wings, which then fell into the sea.
The blades and gearbox have been spun off a wind turbine in western Jutland after a malfunction allowed it to reach to dangerous speeds in high winds. ..."We cannot get close to it until the wind dies down,” Oluf Jakobsen, from the local Morsø municipality explained on Friday morning. “There’s nothing we can do but sit and wait for the outcome."
The incident involved a single V90-3.0 MW wind turbine, which uses 44-meter-long blades. Two of the blades were damaged ...A developer named Hojstrup Vind ApS owns the wind farm, which features four V90-3.0 MW turbines. The machines were commissioned in December 2013,
The Danish wind giant is dealing with fallout from a fire on one of its turbine models. A number of operating turbines were paused following the fire, and the company responded to media questions this week.
OSHA said Monday it has cited Vestas for one willful and 23 serious violations following an inspection of the wind turbine manufacturing plant. The inspection was initiated after an employee suffered a partial amputation of two fingers and a broken wrist in November. OSHA has proposed $164,000 in fines against Vestas.
A construction flaw in the foundations of many sea-based wind turbines was not discovered by inspectors who approved the structures' operation One of the most common foundations for sea-based wind turbines has a critical flaw but was nonetheless approved by a Nordic certification company, reports trade journal Ingeniøren. ...‘It's something no one could foresee and can give any engineer nightmares,' he said.
Wind turbine blades rip loose near Esbjerg and southwestern Sweden, one landing on a hiking path A malfunction on a Vestas wind turbine in the town of Falkenberg on Sweden's southwest coast could have resulted in tragedy, as one of the structure's large blades flew off and landed on a track used by hikers.
On February 22 a 600 kW Nordtank wind turbine at Halling in eastern Jutland experienced a so called runwaway event causing its blades to spin out of control. Minutes later the blades collided with the tower and caused the turbine to collapse. In an unrelated event at Vig in Odsherred a Vestas V47 600kW wind turbine lost a blade. In both cases, Vestas assume that human errors in service and maintenance caused the events, but points out that they are in process of finding the accurate causes.
The climate minister will begin an investigation into two separate cases of Vestas wind turbines collapsing within the past week The climate minister, Connie Hedegaard, is calling for an investigation to determine the cause of two violent wind turbine collapses in Denmark in the past week. Both of the windmills were produced by Vestas, and Hedegaard's request to the Energy Board comes after other breakdowns both here and abroad have been reported in the past two months.
After the industry's recent boom years, wind power providers and experts are now concerned. The facilities may not be as reliable and durable as producers claim. Indeed, with thousands of mishaps, breakdowns and accidents having been reported in recent years, the difficulties seem to be mounting. Gearboxes hiding inside the casings perched on top of the towering masts have short shelf lives, often crapping out before even five years is up. In some cases, fractures form along the rotors, or even in the foundation, after only limited operation. Short circuits or overheated propellers have been known to cause fires. All this despite manufacturers' promises that the turbines would last at least 20 years.