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The components – weighing a combined 126 tonnes – fell from lifting equipment during planned maintenance work, the developer stated. Some of the turbine components have broken up and debris has come ashore.
Debris from an offshore wind farm caused by a "disappointing" maintenance work error could be widespread, an operator has warned.
A hub, three 61-metre blades, and blade clamping tool have fallen into the sea during major component exchange at the Ormonde offshore wind farm in the UK, with majority of the parts and tools now resting on the seabed and debris from one broken blade reported to be on the sea surface.
The family of a wind farm worker who died after being stranded in severe weather are hopeful lessons can be learned by the firms who admitted breaking health and safety laws. Ronnie Alexander froze to death at the Afton wind farm near New Cumnock, East Ayrshire, in January 2018, just a few months after his 49th wedding anniversary.
The nacelle at the top of the structure was alight and falling debris caused a small fire on the ground. Firefighters worked with the site owner and Electricity North West to isolate the power and put a cordon in place to secure the area and allow the fire to burn out safely.
A worker is in "serious but stable condition" after suffering burns and falling from height at the Tom nan Clach wind farm in the Highlands.
Deme Offshore’s Orion vessel, which was slated to work at EDP Renewables 100-turbine Moray East Offshore Wind Farm, suffered a crane collapse on Saturday. The firm described it as a “serious accident”.
One of the turbines had caught alight where the blade is attached to the tower. Smoke from the fire could be seen from as far at the A19 flyover.
The blackout may have been caused by the unexpected shutdowns of the Hornsea offshore wind farm, which is owned by the Danish wind farm company Orsted, and the Little Barford gas-fired power plant, owned by German utility giant RWE. National Grid data showed both of the generators dropped from the grid at around the same time. ...“We would have expected the system to cope with this size of loss of generation,” an Enappsys spokesman said. “This implies that there may have been [other] issues at the time of the trips.”
Freedom of information statistics obtained from the Health and Safety Executive show there have been 81 cases where workers have been injured on the UK’s windfarms since the start of 2014. ...Per year, there were 22 incidents reported in 2014, 17 in 2015, 24 in 2016, three in 2017, 14 in 2018 and only one reported so far this year.
“Turbines are magnets for lightning which is why they are fitted with conductors to transfer the energy to the ground but they can cause significant damage. Blades can explode; generators and control system electronics can incinerate. “The repair of lightning damage can be dangerous and expensive.
The analysis of almost 3,000 onshore wind turbines — the biggest study of its kind —warns that they will continue to generate electricity effectively for just 12 to 15 years. The wind energy industry and the Government base all their calculations on turbines enjoying a lifespan of 20 to 25 years.
A controversial offshore windfarm which will provide power for thousands of homes could be rubber-stamped by planners next week.
Janet Nicholls said bits of fibreglass and a huge blade from the machine came crashing down into the field where five of her and her husband David's nine horses were grazing. The collapse was part of mass devastation across Cornwall. ..."Part of the machine still looks like it's going to fall off. It's been there four or five years.
One of the thirteen Gamesa 2.0 megawatt turbines at the Lynemouth wind farm near Ashington caught fire.
According to the REF, £9.4m was paid out in constraint payments in June when the interconnector was not working. A recent posting on the Western Link website said: “cable fault was detected which caused the Link to trip”. Later the website was updated to say that it was expected it would be back in operation at full capacity in September.
Wind turbine technicians are at risk of fatal accidents or serious injury without regular refresher training, according to a study by researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). Wind technicians struggle to recall key emergency steps within a month of their initial training and need regular practice to maintain their skill level, research has found.
A wind turbine is being allowed to burn itself out after being struck by lightning. Fire crews are at the scene of the blaze at Ransonmoor wind farm, near Doddington, following the lightning strike in the early hours of the morning.
Footage shot by firefighters at the site shows the nacelle of the turbine burned out, one blade still burning, smoke damage at the base of the tower, and smoke billowing out into the Fenland countryside.
The family of a security guard who died after becoming trapped in heavy snow on a remote wind farm are demanding answers about his death. ...The tragedy came less than a year after the death of a Portuguese worker at another Ayrshire wind farm. Antonio Joao Da Silva Linares, 37, died following an accident inside a turbine at Kilgallioch wind farm in March 2017.