Turbine Failure

– One of the turbines failed in spectacular fashion following a lightning strike, the blades disintegrated, hurling debris at speeds approaching 200 mph.

– A whole blade weighing over a tonne became detached from the VESTAS turbine.

– The picture above show a spectacular failure of a turbine during a storm in Lichtenau, Germany (Thanks to Wilfred Heck for supplying these photographs).

We have had a blade failure in a Raasay School Playground and another on a Yorkshire Farm. Whitelees Windfarm lost a blade off one turbine and Ecotricity lost a blade in the Lincolshire Fens, originally blamed on a UFO! Wind Turbines are struck by lightning, they do catch fire, blades do become detached.

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