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The university said it needs to start building the six turbines by March but it has yet to agree with the Ministry of Defence how it will prevent interference with air traffic control at Leuchars. Planning consent was granted two years ago.
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.
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.
"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."
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 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.
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 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.
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.