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Wind Power News: Sweden


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

January 15, 2021 • General News, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine maker Vestas halts V150s after Sweden collapse probe

Vestas has temporarily taken around 150 of its V150 machines out of service “in an abundance of caution” after identifying a blade fault as the cause of a turbine collapse in Sweden late last year. A investigation into the V150 4.2MW collapse at the Aldermyrberget wind farm found a bonding failure on blade-root inserts due to a manufacturing issue at a single supplier, confirmed a spokesman for the Danish wind giant. Vestas has halted around 150 of the turbines that could . . . Complete story »

November 30, 2020 • Finland, Norway, Russia, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Arctic turbulence: why Indigenous communities are fighting wind farms

The Arctic is experiencing climate change at a faster pace than the rest of the world. Having already had to adapt, the Indigenous people of Norway, Sweden, Finland and north-western Russia – the Saami – now face a new threat to their existence as industrial wind farms are constructed on their ancestral lands to supply the western world’s growing demand for green energy. Speaking at a panel on Indigenous self-governance in 2018, Aili Keskitalo, the president of the Saami Parliament . . . Complete story »

November 24, 2020 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Vindkraftverk kollapsade: “Extremt ovanligt”

Ett 230 meter högt vindkraftverk kollapsade natten mot söndag i Jörn utanför Skellefteå. Företaget bakom kraftverket kommer utreda olyckan och Anders Riis, kommunikationschef på Vestas som byggt kraftverket, säger att man nu stoppar alla kraftverk i parken som en säkerhetsåtgärd. – Som en extraordinär säkerhetsåtgärd så pausar vi uppstarten av de andra 16 vindkraftverken också. Nu ska vi inspektera alla individuellt. När vi har en bra översikt över statusen på varje turbin så ska vi överväga om det är säkert . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2020 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Unika bilderna från Jörn: Gigantiska kraftverket ligger i spillror

[Unique pictures from Jörn: giant wind turbine in ruins – A wind turbine on Aldermyrberget outside Jörn collapsed to the ground on Sunday night. SVT’s Tommy Forsgren filmed with drones at the accident site on Monday.] SVT:s reporter på plats filmade under måndagen med drönare på olycksplatsen, där vindkraftverket på Aldermyrberget utanför Jörn rasade till marken natten mot söndag. Se bilder från luften i klippet. [See video at source.] Complete story »

November 23, 2020 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Giant Vestas wind turbine collapses in northern Sweden

A 230-meter tall wind turbine built by Vestas Wind Systems A/S collapsed at a site in northern Sweden over the weekend. The cause of the accident is unknown and the company is assembling a team that will investigate at the site, spokesman Anders Riis said on Monday by phone. A lot of snow is expected this week, which may delay the work, he said. No one was injured in the incident. Sweden is turning to the most mature renewable energy . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2020 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine down: wind giant Vestas probes V150 collapse in Sweden

Wind OEM Vestas has launched an investigation after one of its latest turbines collapsed over the weekend in Sweden. The V150 4.2MW came down late on Saturday evening amid high winds at the Aldermyrberget wind farm in northern Sweden after apparently buckling near the base of the tower, said developer Wpd. Nobody was hurt in the incident which was reported by a snow-clearance worker on the site at the time and no other turbines were damaged, Maria Roske, CEO of Wpd . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2020 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

230 meter high wind turbine collapsed

Ett 230 meter högt vindkraftverk har kollapsat norr om Jörn i Skellefteå kommun. Hela tornet gav vika och kraschade i marken. – Jag har aldrig hört att det har hänt i Sverige, säger Maria Röske, vd på vindkraftsföretaget WPD. Det var vid 21-tiden på lördagskvällen som vindkraftverket gav vika och föll mot marken. På bilder som Norran tagit del av syns hur tornet vikt sig några meter ovanför marken och sedan har turbinhus, torn och blad kraschat ned. Vindkraftsparken Aldermyrberget . . . Complete story »

September 25, 2020 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Andra vindkraftsolyckan på kort tid – blad slets sönder i Tönsen

[On Thursday, a blade was torn from one of the turbines in Tönsen. This is the second time this has happened in a short time.] Under torsdagen slets en vinge av från en av turbinerna i vindkraftsparken vid Tönsen. Det här är andra gången det händer på kort tid. Nu uppmanar vindkraftföretaget folk att hålla ett säkerhetsavstånd på 300 meter. Det var i mitten av juli som man först upptäckte att bladet på en vindkraftsturbin mellan Åmot och Lingbo i . . . Complete story »

September 24, 2020 • Finland, Norway, Russia, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy conflicts show how Arctic renewable energy projects can founder

At its essence, the Sámi position when it comes to renewable energy in the form of wind turbines and hydroelectric is simple: Herders don’t want their reindeer-herding disrupted by human-made hindrances. Infrastructure such as railways, roads, dams and wind farms all pose problems for herders in one way or another. In the case of wind farms, the problem is twofold: First, their placement can disrupt migration routes, either forcing reindeer and their herders to find a new path between winter . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2020 • Denmark, Europe, Germany, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

As wind power grows in Europe, so does resistance from locals

Sweden—the country that brought the world 17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg—is aiming to zero out greenhouse gases by 2045. To reach that goal, it’s ramping up wind energy. The country expects to install 1.8 gigawatts of capacity of wind power this year alone, enough to charge more than 16,000 Nissan LEAF electric cars. At Ripfjallet, in the forests near Malung in western Sweden, German wind developer WPD AG has plans to build as many as 30 wind turbines that would . . . Complete story »

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