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A 328-foot tall wind turbine worth more than £2 million has buckled and collapsed on a mountainside in Northern Ireland. Unconfirmed reports suggested the blades of the turbine had spun out of control - despite only light wind speeds - before the structure came crashing to the ground on Friday.
One of the turbines at a windfarm in Northern Ireland collapsed - but the reason why is not yet known
Mr Millinder said the money from electricity the turbine could already have generated has been lost, and that he will look to sue DTVA to recover the company’s losses. He said: “I would lay the blame at the door of the airport. We have lost around £2.8m from the tariff. ...There is no technology available that would have been able to satisfy the airport’s submission."
Permission was subject to a condition that the developer had 12 months in which to agree a scheme to mitigate the effects of its turbines on the primary surveillance radar at Newcastle International Airport. The company asked the county council to be allowed to remove the condition, and to vary the condition on turbine height to instead allow 130m models to be used. The council approved the first request but refused the second.
The tower of the 15-metre high turbine at remote Rhue Stoer Hall, north of Lochinver, snapped in two last Thursday, sending the gear box housing and blades tumbling to the ground. It is the second such structural failure in two years.
A large part wind turbine collapsed to the ground on Saturday. The turbine was part of a facility located at Koßdorf (Elbe-Elster) in the south Brandenburgs.
The 100 metre high turbine was inaccessible to firemen who could do little more than ensure that surrounding area did not also catch fire. ...Due to the intense heat, two of the huge windmill blades fell off and the stiff wind threw sparks over a long trajectory.
A homeowner near the north-east village of New Deer was left bewildered yesterday after a wind turbine has crashed to the ground through the night. ...David Richards, who lives in view of the toppled turbine, described last night how he had first noticed that it had fallen over in the early morning of yesterday.
A row has erupted between the developer of Boro FC’s wind turbine and Durham Tees Valley Airport over alleged passenger safety issues. The 136 metre turbine was given the green light in 2008 but the approval came with a condition that, before operation, a scheme to alleviate the impact of the turbine on the airport radar must be submitted and approved by the local authority.
This wind turbine blade has been bent back like a spoon - despite being a colossal 44 metres long and weighing 275 tonnes.
A family were left traumatised after a 4ft blade broke from a wind turbine in the grounds of a Rowley Regis school and spun out of control narrowly missing their house.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has won its fight to prevent three Hebridean crofters from building wind turbines. Despite previously siding with the crofters, Western Isles Council has now refused planning permission to build the generators on their crofts in South Uist.
The turbine was hit by multiple lightning strikes more than three years ago, but has continued to function. However, project operator Vattenfall said the blade replacement is now necessary in order to secure the long-term performance of the turbine.
West Fife kids could be playing under a 77-metre (252ft) turbine at Pitreavie after councillors approved controversial plans to build wind turbines in parks, schools and leisure centres. Fife Council’s executive committee has greenlighted proposals to put up the turbines at seven sites in the Kingdom, five of which are in West Fife, as a way to cut its £13million annual energy bill.
The conclusions are not merely unsettling, but have frightening implications for wind turbines and their safety right across the country. ...the causes were manufacturing faults and basic mistakes in the way they were installed. The errors have already been replicated elsewhere in the country, as the two reports make clear, and could affect dozens – if not hundreds – more of the giant towers.
“These wind turbines which collapsed were unsafe and unfit for purpose. We should not have to resort to Freedom of Information Act to find this out. The root causes were not high winds but poor design, inferior materials and a systemic failure through the chain of command.”
Initial reports suggested high winds may have been responsible for the failures but reports by the Healthy and Safety Executive (HSE) have blamed the way the towers were secured. Specialist inspector Darren Nash concluded that the first generation model of the turbine appeared “susceptible to fatigue failure.”
In France, close to 6,000 MW of wind farm projects have been blocked because of fear of interference with military or weather radar, French Windfarm Federation (FEE) said. "There is a conflict here; there are two kinds of users for the same space. For us, it is a real problem," said FEE director Sonia Lioret.
The master of a vessel has been ordered to pay £3,000 after smashing into an off-shore wind turbine in the dark off Sheringham, injuring his passengers and badly damaging the boat.
While passing through the wind farm, he failed to notice that one of the turbine towers' lights was not lit up and hit the tower head on at approximately 12 knots. Mr Whinfrey and his fellow crewman were thrown forward, hitting the control consul, while passengers below were flung across the cabin.