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Wind Power News: Accidents


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.

November 13, 2021 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Blade falls off wind turbine on Frøya

A blade has fallen off one of the large wind turbines built on Frøya close to the Trondheim Fjord. The accident probably happened the night before Friday. “We will stop the turbines for the time being and ask the supplier Vestas to carry out an inspection,” Executive Vice President of Communications at Trønderenergi Stig Tore Laugen told the newspaper VG. The wind turbines – with three blades each – are 180 meters high. The turbine supplier Vestas owns and operates . . . Complete story »

November 11, 2021 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Big chunks of ‘wind turbine’ wash up on Merseyside shores

Pieces from a giant offshore wind turbine are believed to have washed up on the Merseyside coast after an operation in the Irish Sea went disastrously wrong. The objects have been reported on beaches in the New Brighton and Hightown areas, following the accident last month. The three turbine blades, weighing 126 tonnes fell into the sea during a botched maintenance operation at the Ormonde offshore wind farm, six miles off the Barrow-in-Furness coast in October. Although the majority of . . . Complete story »

November 2, 2021 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windradflügel bei Eberschütz abgestürzt

Dritte Havarie im Raum Trendelburg. Der Flügel eines Windrads hat sich am Sonntagabend von einer Anlage gelöst und ist auf ein Feld gestürzt. Eberschütz – Der Vorfall ereignete sich zwischen Eberschütz und der Landesgrenze nach Nordrhein-Westfalen. Menschen wurden nicht verletzt. Per Fernwartung sei die 85 Meter hohe Windkraftanlage „aus dem Wind genommen worden“, sagte Bürgermeister Martin Lange. Der Oldenburger Betreiber wollte auf HNA-Anfrage keine Auskünfte geben. Complete story »

November 2, 2021 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windkraftanlage bei Wilhelmshaven erleidet „Mastbruch“

Rotorblatt hängt herunter. Das Rotorblatt einer Windkraftanlage bei Wilhelmshaven ist am Sonntagmorgen abgebrochen. Wie es dazu kommen konnte, ist derzeit noch nicht klar. Sande – An einer Windkraftanlage in der Gemeinde Sande (Landkreis Friesland) bei Wilhelmshaven ist am Sonntagmorgen, 31. Oktober 2021, ein Rotorblatt abgebrochen. Wie die Polizei Jever berichtet, sei am frühen Morgen mitgeteilt worden, dass ein Rotorblatt abgebrochen sei und herunterhänge. Complete story »

November 1, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Tasmania Fire Service called out to Woolnorth Wind farm

Firefighters were called out to extinguish a wind turbine fire at 1.50pm on Sunday. A Tasmania Fire Service spokesperson said a 60 metre wind turbine had caught fire at Woolnorth Wind Farm. “A crew is still on the scene from Marrawah,” the spokesperson said at 3.45pm. They described the scene as “tricky”. Two units from Marrawah and one from Smithton attended the fire incident. Complete story »

October 30, 2021 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine collapses overnight in Elk County

A wind turbine has collapsed in Elk County. It happened sometime overnight at the Caney River Wind Farm. The Elk County Sheriff’s Office confirms to KAKE News that the turbine had previously been damaged, but finally collapsed sometime overnight as strong winds moved through the area. KAKE has reached out to the operator of the wind farm and are waiting for a response. Viewer Terry Till of Grenola sent these photos into KAKE. Complete story »

October 30, 2021 • New BrunswickPrint storyE-mail story

TransAlta finds cracked foundations at N.B. wind farm where tower collapsed

TransAlta Renewables Inc. says it has found cracks in several foundations of the turbines at a wind farm in New Brunswick where a tower collapsed in September. The company says the discovery of the subsurface cracks means the foundations will likely need repairs, and if replacement is required, costs are estimated at $1.5 million to $2 million per foundation. TransAlta Renewables suspended operations and began an investigation after a tower collapsed earlier this month at its Kent Hill wind farm, . . . Complete story »

October 30, 2021 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine fire at the Netherlands’ largest offshore wind farm

A year after commissioning the largest offshore wind farm in the Netherlands, and the second-largest operating offshore wind farm in the world, Ørsted is reporting that a fire damaged one of the wind turbines. The turbine malfunctioned the company reports causing the fire. A total of three turbines are now offline out of a total of 94 with the remainder of the farm continuing to operate. “No employees were present when the fire broke out and no one was injured,” . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2021 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Debris from Barrow wind farm incident washes up on Maryport shore

Debris from a wind farm near Barrow has been found washed up on a shore miles up the Cumbrian coast. John Gorrill, who is a beach clean organiser for Fix the Firth voluntary group, found pieces of green debris on the shore at the northern tip of Maryport golf course. A clean-up operation was launched at the weekend after debris fell into the sea following maintenance work at Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm near Barrow. Residents who live near the coast . . . Complete story »

October 26, 2021 • France, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Storm breaks Enercon and Nordex wind turbine blades in Germany and France

Rotor blades at Enercon E-138 EP3 turbines in Germany and France broke during a heavy autumn storm that hit Europe on Thursday and also damaged a third machine from Nordex. A blade on an Enercon E-138 EP3 at a wind farm in southern German was severely damaged during ‘storm Ignatz’, but no one was injured in the incident. All nine 4.2MW wind turbines of the same type have been halted as a precaution at the Nattheim wind farm near the . . . Complete story »

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