Articles filed under Structural Failure from UK

Wind blade wrecked by lightning strike

Local resident Sheila Lawes said people in the area are concerned about the dangers if a turbine gets damaged. Another turbine was about to be erected at nearby Piper's Pool and a fresh investigation has now been launched after a second tower was said to have been toppled during high winds in North Cornwall.
6 Feb 2013

Wind turbine collapses in high wind

Margaret Coles, Chairwoman of Bradworthy District Council, said hail storms and strong winds have hit the area and the turbine, installed just three years ago, simply could not withstand the wind. "The bolts on the base could not withstand the wind and as we are a very windy part of the country they [the energy company] have egg on their face," she said. "There are concerns about safety."
30 Jan 2013

Engineers investigate after wind turbine ripped apart

"Apparently some Dolfor residents reported hearing a big bang over Christmas, which one could wonder - was it the noise of the turbine exploding or hitting the ground? "Walking tracks meander through this windfarm. "It goes without saying that this distance should be greater and that turbines should be nowhere near public footpaths.
13 Jan 2012

Shaky foundations for offshore wind farms

The U.K. plans to get one quarter of its electricity from offshore wind by 2020. However, to place this in perspective, at around 11 GW of generating power, at least 7,000 turbines will need to be installed (ignoring for a moment the inconsistency of supply) and it being the start of 2012, this must be done at a rate of 2-3 per day which is an acutely challenging undertaking.
11 Jan 2012

Wind turbine blades fly off in storm

Ryan Gill, of manufacturers Evoco, blamed the exceptionally strong winds for the damage. ...Fraser McLachlan, the chief executive of GCube, a wind turbine insurer, said "It does happen but by the very nature of where wind farms are - they are usually in very sparsely populated spots and therefore the risk of damage to property or to people risk is very very low," he said.
7 Jan 2012
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