Articles filed under Structural Failure from Germany

Wrecked wind turbine 14 years old

Havariertes-windrad-ist-14-jahre-alt_pdaarticlewide_thumb 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.
3 May 2016

Wind turbine foundations sag

In January 2013, the four turbines were erected and placed in operation on the reclaimed mining area behind the 540 freeway. But after 16 months it is noticeable that the ground on which they were built, which was not reinforced prior to construction, but artificially piled up is sagging under the weight of the towers.
25 Apr 2014

Echtrop windmill bursts into flames

A Vestas 67-meter-high wind turbine burst into flames late Friday night causing a loss of around 1.2 million euros. The cause of fire is still unknown. The Vestas 1.65 megawatt turbine located between Echtrop and Bergede drew 20 firefighters to the scene. Personal safety was a priority so the task force could only wait at some distance from the turbine to see how things would develop.
21 Feb 2014

Vestas solves V112 fire riddle

The incident, which completely destroyed the nacelle, occurred earlier this year at the 51MW Gross Eilstorf wind farm in Lower Saxony, Germany. In a statement, Vestas said the fire started in the "Harmonic Filter Cabinet as the result of a loose connection that caused an arc flash".
25 Apr 2012

More trouble for Vestas? New wind turbine model catches fire In Germany

Two recent incidents could hurt Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas' reputation, which has suffered from credibility problems over the past year ...The first incident involves a Vestas wind turbine that caught fire at the Gross Eilstorf wind farm in Lower Saxony, Germany, a separate incident has resulted in the injury of a worker at the Macarthur Wind Farm, in Australia.
3 Apr 2012

Vestas wind turbine catches fire in Germany, no injuries

Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS), the world's largest wind-turbine maker, said a V112 3.0-megawatt turbine caught fire today at the Gross Eilstorf wind farm in Lower Saxony, Germany. No injuries were reported. The cause of the 3 p.m. blaze hasn't been determined ...The turbine, a new model for Vestas, was disconnected from the grid and three nearby V112 turbines were shut for safety reasons, it said.
30 Mar 2012

The Dangers of Wind Power

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.
24 Aug 2007

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