And the industry claims it as an usual occurrence
Fires impact on wind farms
Fire is a major cause of accidents in wind turbines, according to research involving Edinburgh engineers.
Researchers carried out a global assessment of the world’s wind farms, which amount to an estimated 200,000 turbines.
The team, from Imperial College London, the University of Edinburgh and SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, estimate that more than 117 turbine fires take place each year.
The main causes of fire ignition in wind turbines are lightning strike, electrical malfunction, mechanical failure, and maintenance errors.
In 90 per cent of cases, the fire either leads to substantial downtime or total loss of the wind turbine, resulting in economic losses.
Turbines catch fire because flammable materials such as hydraulic oil and plastics are close to machinery and electrical wires. These can ignite if they overheat or are faulty.
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