Videos filed under Structural Failure from USA
One of the 112 wind turbines in Ocotillo Wind Express caught fire on January 15 and smoke was seen fuming from the turbine for hours. Many long-time critics of the wind farm project had cited the likelihood of a wind turbine catching fire as one of numerous safety concerns.
GREAT FALLS -- Engineers from General Electric are working to determine the extent of damage done to a wind turbine just west of Great Falls.
Following the catestrophic failure of a Clipper turbine sited in Texas, BP documented the desctruction of the tower in this video.
Firefighters responded to the scene, but cleared the area after the wind turbine company, "Locust Ridge Wind Farm," arrived. The plan was to allow the turbine to burn itself out.
The Fowler Ridge Wind facility experienced a catastrophic fire at one of its over 300 turbines. The Benton Review newspaper caught footage of the fire. Benton County dispatchers said fire crews were called to 100 South and Meridian Road just south of Fowler after there were reports of a wind turbine on fire.
One of the Mill Run Wind Energy Center's ten 1.5 megawatt turbines fell to the ground. The project was placed in service in 2001 with total nameplate capacity of 15 megawatts (10 turbines x 1.5 mw). The project was constructed in 2001 and is owned by NextEra Energy.
The blades of a wind turbine located at a vo-tech center in Oklahoma were thrown by a tornado that hit the area. One of the blades smashed into a daycare center a quarter-mile away. ABC News reports that the whereabouts of the other two blades are still unknown. In addition to this single turbine, the Canadian Hills wind energy facility is eight miles away. Another project is proposed in an area just 3 miles away. Duration: 4 minutes 17 seconds
News report of the 173-foot long blade that crashed to the ground and shattered into pieces at the Ocotillo wind facility raises concerns about wind turbines built close to people and sensitive resources. Duration: 3 minutes 29 seconds
Wind farm fire investigation puts firefighters in hot water.
Kahuku residents are questioning whether First Wind has done enough to protect from the community from the potential of toxic smoke. Duration: 2 minutes 19 seconds
A wind turbine near Grafton caught fire Tuesday, May 22 2012. The flames were strong as the smoke streamed from the tower. Fire crews didn't get close at first because of burning debris falling down. Duration: 1 minute 2 seconds
An EF-3 tornado destroys a wind turbine south of Spivey and west of Duquoin in Harper County, Kansas. The HD video is shown at normal size, then it repeats with the video enlarged and enhanced to show the blades ripped off the wind turbine and flying through the air.
As a damaged wind turbine lays on the ground behind Western Reserve High School where it fell from its tower Sunday afternoon, the district's two other electricity-generating units sit idle while officials with the company that built them try to determine why this one collapsed. The district installed the turbines in 2009, using state funds to cover most of the costs. But the Scottish firm Proven Energy issued a worldwide recall last year to correct a bearing problem discovered in a turbine being used overseas. Duration: 2 minutes
Lightning strikes a wind turbine north of Sterling City, Texas. Duration: 30 seconds
Turbine components weighing 50-tons fell 246 feet to the frozen ground on Saturday (Feb 20, 2009) when the blades of a turbine under construction east of Waverly caught wind and started rotating at a speed reaching 60 rpm. The hub housing the generating components of the Cannon II turbine and the structure's three 177-foot blades collapsed after spinning for hours at the mercy of the wind, says Waverly Light and Power General Manager Diane Johnson. A gust caught the blades prematurely on Friday because, prior to the installation, they were not turned in a way that would have prevented them from catching wind until construction was complete, according to a press release issued by the municipal utility. "It could have spun for days," Johnson says. On Monday, as the mangled blades lay at the base of the tower, construction crews worked to dismantle the structure's top and middle sections to reinforce the turbine. Crew and neighbors were evacuated overnight until the structure collapsed under its own weight. Duration: 10 minutes
FAIRFIELD/NORWAY, N.Y. - The Hardscrabble Wind Project is temporarily suspended after an inspection determined some of the concrete used to make the bases of the turbines is substandard.
A turbine fire at a wind facility approved by Riverside County in California spewed toxic fumes into the homes of nearby residents. The residents describe their experience with the fire. The County supervisors were dismissive of the issue. Duration: 7 minutes 35 seconds
Nome's new 18-turbine wind farm was shut down in May after a manufacturing defect was discovered in a batch of turbines shipped from Entegrity Wind Systems in Canada's Prince Edward Island province. Officials say the problem has nothing to do with Nome's cold and windy climate. Financially troubled Entegrity has so far been unable to ship the needed parts. Nome is hoping to have the wind farm back online before winter; it can provide up to 10 percent of the city's electricity. Duration: 3 minutes 38 seconds
A blade on one of the Fenner (NY) wind turbines bent in November '07. News report shows the turbine is still out of commission as of December 7, 2007. Duration: 53 seconds
A blade on one of the turbines at the Waymart wind farm in Wayne County, PA shredded in high wind conditions. The 43 wind turbines along the Moosic Mountain Ridge went online in 2003. Duration: 16 seconds