Articles filed under Structural Failure

GE probes third turbine collapse at US wind farms this year

GE Renewable Energy has identified and addressed the root causes of the two turbine failures earlier this year. The May incident is understood to be down to an issue experienced during a turbine reboot addressed with a software update. The earlier collapse at the Casa Mesa Wind Energy Center is being attributed to a fuse-related blade issue while the turbine was running in overspeed mode during high winds.
10 Jul 2019

'Third GE wind turbine collapse would be sign something's wrong': insurer

“We probably see one or two of these a year out of a fleet of many thousands of turbines,” covered by GCube, McLachlan told Recharge. “It’s not that common. In a very bad year you might get three. “Two that close together, from the same manufacturer ... you would begin to wonder. And certainly one more GE [incident], three, that would tell me there’s something not right there.
3 Jun 2019

Residents living near wind farm fed up with constant banging noise from damaged blade

Residents living near the Sumac Ridge Wind Farm say a damaged blade isn’t the only thing that’s been left blowing in the wind. The are fed up with the dangling piece of metal hitting the turbine and making a loud banging noise for the past two weeks. They are calling on the owners to repair it immediately saying it’s causing headaches and keeping then up at night.
30 Apr 2019

Crews respond to wind turbine fire in Huron County

Firefighters and deputies were called after a wind turbine caught fire near the village of Elkton. Jeff Smith, an Elkton village official, said the fire, which broke out on April 1,  is 300 feet in the air and crews cannot reach it to extinguish the blaze. The turbine is part of the Harvest II wind energy facility placed in service in November 2012 by Exelon and is one of 33 Vestas V-100 (1.8 MW) turbines erected in Oliver, Chandler and McKinley townships.
1 Apr 2019

Wind turbine catches fire at Nova Scotia wind farm

Firefighters were unable to get close enough to put the fire out directly because of the turbine's height and movement of the blades -- and it couldn't be turned off with the gearbox on fire. "It was too dangerous to get close to it," Amiro said. "Because of the length of the blades and the blades were turning, you didn't know where they were going to go when they fell."
16 Mar 2019

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