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Siemens turbine rotor blade breaks off at Iowa wind farm 

Credit:  by NAW Staff on Tuesday 09 April 2013 | www.nawindpower.com ~~

A rotor blade of a Siemens SWT-2.3-108 wind turbine broke off at the Eclipse wind farm, a 200 MW project located in Guthrie and Audubon counties, Iowa.

According to a statement from Siemens, a company service technician discovered the rotor blade on the ground Friday, and there were no injuries. Siemens says such an incident affecting this blade type has never happened, and the company has deployed a team to investigate the blade’s production, installation, commissioning and service.

“We don’t yet know why this happened, but we are committed to conducting a detailed engineering analysis to determine the root cause,” Siemens says. “At the same time, we are working with our customer [to] replace the broken blade.”

MidAmercian Energy Co., which owns the Eclipse wind farm, did not respond to requests for comment at press time.

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Source:  by NAW Staff on Tuesday 09 April 2013 | www.nawindpower.com

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