Many may know the story of Samsung’s Mega Turbine at Methil. At 200ft and rated at a Capacity of 7MW it was supposedly a test rig for offshore deployment. Why go to the other end of the world for a turbine when most are European built defies logic but not the Scottish Government that wasted up to £11 million in attracting Samsung Heavy Industries. Now Samsung has the towel and not before time and the turbine is up for sale. Problems started from day one with locals complaining of the noise although interestingly the Courier states that they are not aware of any complaints. That same newspaper not long ago wrote an article about the noise issue and the fact that the turbine had to be turned off if the wind was in a certain direction.
“Erecting an almost 200m high turbine within a few hundred metres of peoples’ homes was always going to mean trouble. Engineers have also wondered how such a location can replicate conditions 10 km out in the North Sea for the purposes of testing. ”
Well so did we!