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Damaged wind turbine blades under repair

Repairs have started to a giant wind turbine between Sheffield and Rotherham after it was knocked out by a gale.

A crack was spotted in the blades of one of two turbines yards from the Sheffield Parkway during high winds last month.

A special failsafe device cut in to prevent further damage – and the crippled blades were allowed to fall to the ground.

Since then, investigations have been going on into the damage at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, where the University of Sheffield operate the two turbines.

A University spokesman said: “Safety is always paramount in our operations and at the first sign there was a problem with the turbines, when a crack was detected, their failsafe system cut in and shut them down.

“Experts from the wind turbine suppliers are now analysing the problem and deciding what action needs to be taken.”

When the two turbines were first erected, some people in nearby Catcliffe and Brinsworth claimed they affected TV reception.

Damage to the turbine was also seized on by campaigners fighting plans for a wind farm two miles away, in Ulley.

By Ray Parkin

Sheffield Star

28 July 2008