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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


March 13, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Enercon blades destroyed during installation

GERMANY: Two blades of an Enercon turbine were damaged when its wind energy converter “went into overspeed” during installation, the manufacturer has said. The E115 turbine (like the model above) was damaged last week, Enercon confirmed Enercon stated it does not know why this happened during the final stages of installing the E115/3.0MW turbine at the 21MW Borchen-Etteln site in north-west Germany last week (Thursday, 8 March). Investigations into the incident are under way, the company confirmed, and an “independent . . . Complete story »


March 12, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Enercon probes blade bust

Enercon is investigating the destruction of blades on a E-115 turbine at Westfalenwind’s 21MW Etteln wind farm near Paderborn in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany. The damage occurred last week when the rotors reached overspeed during final installation works, an Enercon spokesman said. No one was hurt during the incident, he added. The exact reason for the blade failure is not yet known and Enercon is working with an unnamed third-party expert on the investigation. Once the investigations are completed, the turbine . . . Complete story »


March 10, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windrad-Havarie: neue 200m-Windkraftanlage in Borchen völlig zerfetzt

[Environmental disaster due to wind turbine accident in the district of Paderborn: A new Enercon wind turbine in Borchen-Etteln has flown apart. A more than 500m radius is contaminated with countless glass fiber particles.] Umweltkatastrophe durch Windenergieanlagen-Unfall im Kreis Paderborn: Ein neues ENERCON-Windrad in Borchen-Etteln ist auseinander geflogen. Ein über 500m großer Umkreis ist mit unzähligen Glasfaser-Partikeln kontaminiert! Am 8. März gegen 19 Uhr sind zwei Rotoren einer nagelneuen ENERCON E-115-Windkraftanlage völlig zerfetzt worden – nach Augenzeugenberichten und Fotos sind . . . Complete story »


March 10, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Rotorblätter von Windrad bei Borchen zerfetzt – Wind turbine blades shredded

Kreis Paderborn. Auf einem Feld bei Borchen-Etteln hat sich der dritte schwere Windrad-Unfall im Kreis Paderborn innerhalb von zwei Jahren ereignet. Am Donnerstagabend wurden zwei der drei Rotorblätter völlig zerfetzt, mehrere Glasfaser-Kunststoff-Bruchstücke fielen zu Boden. Die Unfall-Ursache wird derzeit von Experten untersucht. Nach NW-Informationen könnte es sich um einen Montage-Fehler handeln. Zum Zeitpunkt des Vorfalls waren zwar Monteure vor Ort, sie kamen jedoch mit dem Schrecken davon. Aus Sicherheitsgründen ist der Bereich um die Unglücksstelle in einem Radius von 500 . . . Complete story »


March 5, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windkraft – Störsender fürs Herz: Mainzer Forscher untersuchen Folgen des Infraschalls

[Mainz researchers investigate the consequences of infrasound] [Click here for automated computer translation.] MAINZ – Noch hält die Windkraft-Euphorie in Politik und Industrie an, aber bei Anwohnern ist diese Energiegewinnung höchst umstritten. Landschaftszerstörung ist ein Aspekt, aber auch die Schädlichkeit des nicht hörbaren Infraschall. Und hier gibt es immer mehr Unterstützung aus der Forschung. So sorgte eine Arbeitsgruppe der Klinik für Herz-, Thorax- und Gefäßchirurgie der Unimedizin beim Kongress der Fachgesellschaft für Aufsehen mit ihrer Forschung über die Beeinträchtigung des . . . Complete story »


February 23, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Bird risks block Himmelreich; German wind farm would pose threat to species, court rules

A regional court in Arnsberg has suspended the construction licence for the 34.8MW Himmmelreich project in Marsberg near Paderborn in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany. The wind farm would pose a threat to red kite and Montagu’s harrier populations, among other species, the court said. Construction of the project started in 2016 but was stopped by an earlier court decision in August 2016. The project plans foresee the installation of 11 Enercon turbines, including seven E-115 machines. A written court decision will . . . Complete story »


January 20, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Big crawler over

Strong winds overturned a 650 tonne crawler crane on a wind farm in the Kirtorf area of central Germany yesterday. The crane a Demag SL3800 owned and operated by Dufour group was working on the installation of a large turbine, when hurricane force winds hit the region to the north east of Frankfurt. Turbine components and the crane were badly damaged, but thankfully no one was hurt in the incident. We do not know at this stage if the crane . . . Complete story »


January 5, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine collapses in Germany; Storm believed to have caused incident some 40km west of Hannover

Vestas is sending technicians to the site of a collapsed wind turbine in Germany to determine the manufacturer and model of what is thought to be an old machine. The turbine collapsed on 3 January during a storm in Volksdorf municipality in Schaumburg county, some 40km west of Hannover. Nienburg police said that during the storm a blade from the 70-metre tall structure broke, followed by the collapse of the tower at about 1.30pm local time. “We suspect the blade . . . Complete story »


December 11, 2017 • Germany, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

See wind power through a child’s eyes in beautiful new Audi campaign

Audi and AvL/SE launch a beautiful and thought-provoking new film that invites us to view wind energy through a child’s eyes. The campaign promotes the new Audi g-tron model – a gas-powered hybrid fuelled by wind energy. By reimagining the natural force with childlike wonder, Audi encourages us to consider the possibilities of alternative drive technologies. Creatively devised by Berlin-based agency, AvL/SE, and produced by Czar, ‘Wind’ is an emotionally honest film told from a child’s perspective. From the backseat . . . Complete story »


November 29, 2017 • Germany, IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Bat and Man: Bats live long and well, if allowed and out of the light

The intrepid Christian Voigt tagged some Noctule bats and we watched in horror some footage of bats flying through wind turbines. In Germany 10-12 bats are killed annually per turbine, in the absence of mitigation. So, officially 250,000 German bats are killed every year – but Voigt is not persuaded. He claimed it is an underestimate, as it is based on the numbers of carcasses found per turbine. His own studies show that the problem is not just direct collision, where you find the dead bat on the ground. Rather the most common cause of death is fractures. Indirect collisions, turbulence and changes in pressure causes barotrauma, where blood fills the abdomen, thorax, or lungs and ruptures ears and eyes. The bat may survive a few days, but will ultimately die, away from the turbine. Its carcass is rarely detected by those who monitor these things. Complete story »


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