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Early morning, last Saturday a windmill near Brandenburg an der Havel lost a blade. The failure occurred after having operated for just 14 years. The life expectancy was at least double that number of years. The citizens' group "Save Brandenburg" warns of the dangers of wind turbines.
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.
While Firefighters did attend the scene, there was no action taken.
Clouds of thick black smoke filled the air over Oederquart district Stade. The huge turbine standing around 70 meters kept attending fire departments from working to put the fire out.
Military chiefs oppose the scheme because they say it will cause “unacceptable interference” to the Air Traffic Control radar service at RAF Lossiemouth, despite being almost 40 miles away over the Moray Firth. The MoD insists that it will not reconsider its objection unless the applicant puts forward a “radar mitigation solution”, but this has not been forthcoming.
The accident is now under investigation and a construction has been ordered stopped until the cause of the accident is determined.
Catastrophic failure is widely defined as the complete, sudden, often unexpected breakdown in a machine or other system. This winter, there have been four such events reported across the wind industry. With regular wind turbine service and maintenance and the possibility of sophisticated condition monitoring, how is such an embarrassing failure — appearing as it seems out of the blue — still possible?
“This information came from concerned local residents but there appears to be no official acknowledgement by the owners of the development nor has the Council or the HSA been informed. This is the usual sequence of events with turbine accidents and we have had a few in the County in recent years.
A number of investigations are believed to be underway after a blade on a huge wind turbine near Drumkeen “disintegrated” at the weekend. ...It is believed the turbine in question was struck by lightning.
Firefighters dealt with a wind turbine converter fire this afternoon near Pontyates.
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.
A plan of members of the Estonian Wind Energy Association to set up a wind farm and a plant for the manufacture of oversized wind turbines in northeastern Estonia may not materialize because the turbines will get in the way of the functioning of the radars of the Estonian defense forces, Eesti Paevaleht said.
A Mersey diver’s death at an off-shore wind farm is to be re-investigated after authorities wrongly ruled that he died from an undiagnosed heart condition. Stephen O’Malley was throttled when his neck dam ring, connected to his helmet, tightened as he worked in the North Sea, off the German shore, more than three years ago.
A fire was sparked during maintenance work in a nacelle of a wind turbine in Uedem (Kleve) on Thursday. ...three technicians were able to escape but two were injured in the accident, one of them seriously.
SPAIN: A house has been hit by pieces of a turbine blade that fell from a 300kW turbine in Spain following high winds, several local press are reporting.
An explosion in the engine could be the cause of a wind turbine losing two of its blades. The turbine was located on a hill next to Corme, in the municipality of Ponteceso Coruña.
Lightning knocked out one of SSE's wind turbines at SSE's Richfield Wind Farm in Bridgetown during the run up to Christmas.
"There was a wind turbine straight across the forest road. It had been ten to fifteen meters up from the base and then dropped in the entire length of the tower."
Emergency services are on site and the public has been asked to stay away from the site. ...In connection with the wind turbine collapse, hundreds of liters of oil leaked from the turbine.
A Vestas wind turbine fell over during Christmas Eve morning in Lemnhult, Korsberga in Sweden. The model belong to one of the tallest land-based wind turbines with a height of 185 meters ...and weighed about 400 tons, according to Stena Renewables CEO Peter Zachrisson.