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Light aircraft pilots have warned it is “just a matter of time” before wind farms cause a “disastrous” accident in Scotland.
A "shocking" military dossier reveals a catalogue of potentially catastrophic air safety incidents, many of them related to unlit turbines and new or uncharted developments. However, the Ministry of Defence withheld more information on national security grounds meaning the real number could be much higher.
Air chiefs at BAE, who own Warton Airfield, where the affected air traffic control radar is situated, have backed the MoD’s protest that the 115-metre high structures would block the radar.
“A pre-construction survey for the Race Bank offshore wind farm has so far identified a number of confirmed incidences of unexploded ordinance (UXO), with other possible cases still being checked.
RWE Innogy has temporarily shut down its 295MW Nordsee Ost wind farm in the German North Sea last Friday after a blade broke on one of the project’s 48 Senvion 6.2M126 turbines. ...Nordsee Ost blades are 61.5 metres long and weigh around 22 tonnes.
Neighbours are demanding safety assurances after a wind turbine burst into flames near their homes on a stretch of West Yorkshire moorland. Todmorden and Bacup firefighters were called out when a turbine at Todmorden caught fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning, June 3.
“As a further precautionary measure a 300 metre exclusion zone has been set up around the damaged turbine. “Given the expected increase in wind speeds in the coming days, we ask the public to stay away from the designated area for their own safety.
When they arrived at the scene engineers advised crews to let the fire burn itself out due the high risk of high voltage and oil in the structure. A perimeter of 300m was put in place around the turbine encase of falling debris.
Any evidence that France places more restrictions on wind-turbine development than other countries may stem from the country’s military doctrine, he said. Turbines are also getting bigger and so can cause more disruptions to radar installations.
All turbines at Screggagh Wind Farm Ltd near Fintona, Co Tyrone, were shut down after the turbine collapsed on January 2, scattering debris over a wide area. Winds were said to be light at the time.
"Apparently one of the turbines has been struck by lightning more than once, on one occasion loud enough as to wake people and cause considerable damage. They are much taller than any other structure, so they would be expected to be struck by lightning. But in this case it completely destroyed a blade."
The force of the north wind has dropped one of the windmills of the Sierra del Tablado. Ramiro Adiego reports on his blog The Eagles Nest Moncayo .This is the first wind turbine, located at the end of Purujosa (Zaragoza). The images are spectacular with the giant structure collapsed on the floor.
Screggagh Windfarm confirmed yesterday that the fault was "concerning the wind turbine blade control system" of all those of a "similar generation". Campaigners had warned of "ticking time bombs" as dozens of 200ft wind turbines identical to the stricken model remained in operation across Ireland.
It was understood that at the time of the collapse the rotor blades spun out of control despite normal weather conditions with “medium” wind speeds measuring about 10 or 12 metres per second. Some witnesses described the crash as an explosion that could be heard up to seven miles away,
The HSA informed The Kerryman this week that it is engaged in 'ongoing' talks with the company behind the crippled turbine, but as of yet has not been able to definitively establish what caused the blade to come off the hub.
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."
Graeme Steel, a local Stow resident, has found a large piece of turbine blade from the Long Park wind farm on the minor road that runs from Stow towards Blainslie and Earlston. The piece is the length of his truck, and had hit the dyke alongside the road. This is a clear danger to the public. The damaged turbine is fully visible as well.
A wind turbine in Aurich-Pfalzdorf caught fire Sunday night. Because the flames roared at a great height, the fire department could not put it out.
The Health and Safety Authority is investigating how a blade became unattached from its turbine and fell to the ground at a Co Kerry wind farm.
The wind farm is made up of 23 turbines built by Danish manufacturer Vestas and operated by Saorgus Energy. The V47 model of turbine stands at over 40 metres in height and has a rotary diameter of 47 metres.