Articles filed under Structural Failure from USA

Windmill collapse shuts down Ocotillo wind farm

A photo from the site provided to this newspaper showed the windmill’s stem bent roughly in half and its blades scattered around it. The wind farm is west of the unincorporated town of Ocotillo about 30 miles west of El Centro. It faced strong opposition among town residents from the start and some opponents continually criticize it as defective and inefficient.
24 Sep 2021

Ocotillo wind turbine collapses -- AGAIN

Residents in Ocotillo are voicing concerns after yet another wind turbine collapse at the Ocotillo Wind Energy facility. There were no injuries or damage to other structures when the 300-foot-tall turbine crashed to the desert floor at the trouble-prone facility on Thursday, September 16. But residents are raising serious questions over public safety at the site, which produces energy to SDG&E to power the San Diego region.
20 Sep 2021

Block Island offshore wind farm still down for maintenance and safety inspections

Workers at the Merkur wind farm in the German North Sea found signs of stress fatigue on the support structures of the “helihoist” platforms on some of the project’s GE Haliade turbines. Power generation at the 396-megawatt array was temporarily halted to come up with a solution to the problem, but the wind farm has since come back online. In June, Ørsted said it had put the five-year-old Block Island Wind Farm “on pause as a precautionary safety measure” to see if similar problems had arisen with the platforms at the top of the turbines that equipment and workers can be lowered onto from helicopters. 
14 Aug 2021

Broken, burned-out towers pose possible threat to public

“I am not someone whose nerves get on edge very easily, but I didn’t want either myself or my people close to it. What I saw gave me fear,” said Wreath. “I left with many more concerns and questions than I had arrived with.” The 120-megawatt capacity project — located along the Oklahoma-Texas state line between Guymon and Hardesty — went operational in 2012 and contains 60 towers within Oklahoma. About nine towers show signs of catastrophic failure, where portions or entire blades are missing or nacelles at tower tops have burned. Dozens of other towers are locked down, either because of internal damage that can’t be observed without a detailed inspection or because of other problems that could be impacting their operations.
19 Jun 2021

Another Vestas wind turbine blade breaks and falls, this time in Iowa

MidAmerican Energy, has idled more than 40 wind turbines at Iowa wind farms after a 50 metre-long turbine blade broke off and fell into a field last week. ...“The turbine that had the blade failure last week is the same type of turbine that had a blade failure last month in Adair Countym” he said. “They also had the same type of lightning system in them that channels lightning from a strike near a wind turbine blade down into the ground safely.
21 Oct 2020

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