Articles filed under Structural Failure from Michigan

Predictions of turbine's demise premature

It took four months after the initial breakdown to find and obtain a part from Europe at a cost of almost $38,000. Workers installed the new part on Jan. 4, but it failed two days later. The supplier eventually replaced it after another lengthy search. The part was installed April 16. It lasted three days.
15 Jun 2013

DEQ looks to Kalamazoo community college for $38,000 repair job to Bay City wind turbine

Nearly sixth months have gone by since the $250,000 wind turbine produced any electricity. ...They would have the turbine's original manufacturer, Canada-based Entegrity Wind Systems, repair the system, but the company filed for bankruptcy in late 2009, months after installing the unit. "It's kind of annoying ...We had a 20-year maintenance agreement with them, all for naught."
16 Sep 2011

Wind turbine blade falls off again at Elkton-Pigeon- Bay Port

Smith said brief power outages experienced in the area cause the three turbines to instantly stop and recoil, which fatigues the blades in the area where they are likely to break. When the blades are new, they're more flexible and durable. ...we are going to direct all maintenance employees to approach away from the blades and keep visitors away. The blade ejection happens rarely, but we need to err on the side of safety.
3 Dec 2010
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