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The mangled remains of the fibreglass blade were found lying some 18m from the 6kw wind turbine sited 90m to the south-east of Rhue Stoer Community Hall, Assynt. It is thought to have flown off overnight on Hogmanay, leaving the structure in a fragile state with its hub cap hanging down and its tail fin pointing upwards.
A 100-metre tall wind turbine burst into flames in North Ayrshire, and in Coldingham in the Scottish Borders, a turbine crashed to the ground yards from a road. "We see turbine fires around the world when it gets very, very windy," he said. "They usually shut themselves off as a safety feature if the wind gets too much. But sometimes there is another failure.
Scottish and Southern Energy refused to disclose how many of its turbines were affected. A spokesman for National Grid said: ‘At lunchtime today, 1,500MW of electricity that was expected to be generated by wind farms in Scotland wasn't being produced, although we can't tell if that's all down to the high winds or wind farms just deciding not to generate.
A wind turbine came crashing down as high winds and burst of torrential rain swept across Huddersfield. The turbine was one of two that had been put up on fields off Halifax Road at Scapegoat Hill earlier this year. It fell down on Tuesday when squalls are thought to have reached 80mph on the top of hills and moors.
It had been carrying out a survey of the seabed for Swedish firm Vattenfall, which wants to increase the size of its Kentish Flats wind farm. Insiders told the Times the leg sheared off when the crew tried to move the "jack-up" barge.
A council-owned wind turbine in Yeovil has been taken down for a second time amid concerns about its safety. The future of the turbine is now uncertain after the company which supplied it went in to administration. Technicians took down the turbine at Yeovil Innovation Centre in Copse Road after manufacturer Proven Energy warned of a defect.
Proven Energy revealed drive shafts in the 35-2 model had an "acute" defect and told owners that the machines - which can produce up to 12.1kilowatts and cost up to £70,000 - should be left stationary, with the "parking brake" applied. The advice to stop the turbines follows so-far unspecified problems with three machines.
Proven halted sales of the P35-2 turbine after finding an "acute technical defect" in three machines. LCA commented that as a result of the defect, the sales suspension and "the current difficult planning environment", Proven was now incurring losses that it could not sustain without a further injection of cash.
The six-foot blade, part of a turbine that only became fully operational last week, hit a staff member's car, damaging its roof. The accident is an embarrassment to the East and North Herts NHS Trust which opened the £7.9m car park on Friday with much fanfare, lauding its green credentials.
Earlier this year one of the structures on the site, which is England's largest on-shore wind farm, had to be shut down due to heat damage as a result of a fire caused by an electrical fault.
A campaigner attacked the "dead end technology" behind Fenland's wind farms after he discovered that two of the £2 million turbines at Coldham are currently standing idle. John Stoneman, from Cambs Environmental and Wildlife Protection, first warned the operators of the Co-operative site that one of their turbines was broken in October. Another turbine has also been out of action for a fortnight. Both are yet to be fixed.
"I had several calls from concerned residents who saw the fire, which burned for over two hours," said local county councillor Paul Marfleet. "I went up to the site and the police and fire service were there, but there was little they could do to tackle a fire 75 metres above the ground and I did sympathise.
Hundreds of European offshore wind turbines have a design fault which allows them to move and slide on their bases. Turbine manufacturers and wind farm operators believe that finding a solution could take months and cost into the millions of pounds.
Hundreds of European offshore wind turbines have a design fault allowing them to slide on their bases and finding a solution could take months and cost millions of pounds, European turbine makers and wind farm operators said on Friday. The problem involves towers using grouting, a mixture of cement, sand and gravel, to attach the turbines to their base, they said.
Hundreds of offshore wind turbines could be suffering from a design flaw that makes them sink into the sea. Energy company engineers are urgently investigating the extent to which their offshore wind farms are affected, after flaws were discovered on a Dutch wind farm last autumn. The problem could cost £50 million, said Renewables UK, the industry body that represents wind farm developers.
Hundreds of Britain's offshore wind turbines may have a design flaw that makes them SINK, The Sun can reveal. Concrete in their foundations can wear away - leaving the power generators to drop several centimetres into the seabed and become less stable.
A wind energy company's request for more time to fix two faulty turbines in Northumberland has been deferred by county councillors. Two of the three 66m-high turbines at Kirkheaton have stood idle for the last 18 months, after their blades were removed because of technical problems.
Siemens has extended its investigation following the recent incident at the 322MW Whitelee wind farm where a blade broke off of one of the plant's 3.5MW turbines. The incident, at what is Europe's largest wind farm, happened in the early hours of March 19. The plant, which is located in southern Scotland, automatically switched itself off.
Two of the three 66m-high turbines at Kirkheaton in Northumberland have stood idle for the last 18 months, after their blades were removed because of technical problems. Conditions imposed when the wind farm started operating in 2000 state that any turbines not working for more than six months should be removed and that part of the site restored. Operator EDF Energy is seeking permission to vary the condition.
Eurrope's largest wind farm ground to a halt after a 150ft blade snapped off one of the turbines. All 140 of the giant machines were immediately shut down at the £300million development near Glasgow until they could be inspected. Engineers at Whitelee wind farm, which is run by ScottishPower Renewables, were trying to work out why the blade came crashing down.