[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Workers struggle to find ‘specialized’ part for broken wind turbine 

Credit:  By Sandy McGee | Portsmouth Patch | portsmouth.patch.com 22 May 2012 ~~

The town’s wind turbine generator has been motionless for more than a week.

Assistant Town Planner Gary Crosby says a hard-to-find “specialized part” for the Portsmouth Wind Turbine Generator has kept the turbine from spinning its blades for more than a week.

The town’s wind turbine, located at Portsmouth High School, has remained motionless since May 10 after an error code alerted town workers to a problem on site. A “pressure sensor” is to blame for the error code, Crosby says.

“The short story is Lumus believes the fault is in a pressure sensor and they are having difficulty locating a replacement part,” Crosby wrote in an e-mail to the Portsmouth Town Council Monday.

This “highly specialized part” is hard to located, according to the assistant town planner, who has worked as the unofficial, iterim town planner since Robert Gilstein resigned in December.

However, at first, technicians were unaware the problem was with a sensor.

“When the error message first appeared a week ago Thursday, Lumus did what they usually do by downloading and transmitting data recorded a few minutes before and after the moment of the fault to Windtec in Austria for their analysis and recommended repair protocols,” Crosby writes.

“Windtec examined the data and suggested the error was in a switch in circuitry having to do with measuring oil pressure in the gearbox. Lumus set about trying to locate a replacement switch and sent their technicians down to work [on] the problem. As it turns out, there was no ‘switch’ in the circuitry for Lumus to find.”

The previous company, AAER, installed an instrumentation package unbeknownst to Windtec. “So Lumus/Windtec was hunting around for something that did not exist,” Crosby writes. “…Lumus was able to locate the pressure sensor itself and determine that it was faulty.”

Lumus’ employees contacted two distributors in New England, both of which did not have this special part. Lumus also contacted Hydac distributors in Germany, Canada and Illinois.

“The good news – the Hydac distributor in Illinois has 40 of ‘em. The bad news – they are all spoken for,” said the assistant town planner.

However, the Illinois distributor is working to “see if he/she can contact one of the entities who has the 40 sensors locked up, to spring one of them loose for us,” Crosby said.

The part is expected to cost between $100 and $200, according to Crosby.

“Rest assured, Lumus, Windtec and I are doing everything in our power to speed this process along,” he said.

“It is small consolation I know, but the next time we are expected to have any winds above 8 mph for any appreciable length of time is Thursday afternoon at the earliest. If we have to miss out on production time, at least we are missing out during a period of low winds.

“I know there is a great deal of rhetoric flying about regarding the wind turbine these days. As many of you know, I am more that forthcoming about the turbine when asked (to a fault, some might say). Please, please, please, if you have any questions at all about the turbine pick up the phone and call me. I am more than happy to talk to anyone about it and always ready to explain the details. Just ask.”

The phone number for the Town Planning Department is (401) 643-0332.

Source:  By Sandy McGee | Portsmouth Patch | portsmouth.patch.com 22 May 2012

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Contributions
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky