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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.

February 28, 2017 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Bolt fatigue blamed for collapse of Vestas 3MW turbine in Sweden

Sweden’s Accident Investigation Authority (SHK) has blamed fatigue in bolts on the tower of a Vestas V112-3.0MW turbine that collapsed in late 2015, highlighting inadequate assembly. The turbine collapse at the 98MW Lemnhult wind farm south of the town of Vetlanda in Jönköpig county on Christmas Eve 2015 was the first such incident involving one of Vestas’ MW-class machines. The SHK in a summary of its investigation said bolts that had held together the flange between the first and second . . .

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February 28, 2017 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Conneaut assessing damage from turbine lightning strike

CONNEAUT – Administrators in Conneaut are assessing damage to the city’s wastewater treatment plant caused by lightning that struck a wind turbine adjacent to the plant early Saturday morning. The turbine, which supplements electricity used by the sewage plant, lost a blade when lightning hit about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. A power surge penetrated the plant and might have affected some equipment in the building, City Manager James Hockaday said Monday. “We’re still waiting for a summary,” he said. “There is no . . .

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February 27, 2017 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Bolts blamed for V112 collapse; Swedish probe followed Christmas 2015 failure at Lemnhult

Swedish officials have pointed to incorrect bolt installation as the root cause of a Vestas turbine collapse at the Lemnhult wind farm in late 2015. Government accident investigation authority SHK said the three-year-old V112 which failed on 24 December showed clear signs of fatigue and corrosion at the join between the bottom and second section of the tower. “The bolts that had held together the joint had suffered from a fatigue process and the bolts could no longer withstand the . . .

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February 26, 2017 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Storms damage waterfront wind turbine

Friday night’s storms caused damage to one of the wind turbines on Conneaut’s waterfront. These pics were taken by Polly Finlaw Saurwein. It appears that one of the blades of the wind turbine have been blown off either by a lightning strike or high winds. The turbine is on the wastewater treatment property at the foot of Broad Street. According to a 2009 press release, the turbine is owned by NexGen Energy Partners and was expected to provide about 60% . . .

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February 26, 2017 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Lighting strikes wind turbine

CONNEAUT – Lightning apparently does strike twice as the Conneaut harbor wind turbine was hit early Saturday morning causing one of the blades to fall off, said Conneaut firefighter Chad Carter. The turbine was damaged by lightning previously. He said the call came in around 1:15 a.m. and firefighters stayed on the scene until the motor was turned off by city officials from the wastewater treatment plant which is close. Carter said cones were placed in the area to make sure . . .

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February 15, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Board says goodbye to non-working windmill

In addition to costing more than initially thought, several incidents have called into question the safety of the windmill, including loose cables in 2005 and falling blades due to an ice storm in 2007.

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February 7, 2017 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

Une éolienne se désintègre sous la force du vent

Download MP4 file. Le vent soufflait fort ces derniers jours dans le sud de la péninsule italienne, si fort qu’une éolienne s’est désintégrée sous la force du souffle. Aquilonia est une ville du sur de l’Italie, à quelque 150 kilomètres de Naples. Dans cette région, un parc éolien permet de transformer en électricité le vent violent qui peut y souffler. Une des éoliennes du parc filmée par hasard par les passants tourne de plus en plus vite, avant de se . . .

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February 7, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine lorry crash forces major road closure

A crash involving a lorry carrying a wind turbine has closed a major road in Dumfries and Galloway for more than 12 hours. The incident took place on the A713 Castle Douglas to Ayr road about a mile north of Parton village shortly before 11pm on Monday. It is understood no one was hurt in the incident. However, the weight of the vehicle involved has delayed the reopening of the road. The A713 is expected to be closed to all . . .

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February 7, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Tödlicher Unfall: BFU untersucht Leichtflugzeug

[Deadly accident: BFU investigates small plane collision with wind turbine] Nach dem Absturz eines Kleinflugzeuges in Melle im Landkreis Osnabrück ist die Ursache weiter unklar. Die Polizei hält sowohl einen technischen Defekt als auch einen Pilotenfehler für möglich. Die Untersuchungen der Spezialisten der Bundesstelle für Flugunfalluntersuchung (BFU) in Braunschweig dürften zwei bis drei Tage dauern. Der Pilot des motorisierten Leichtflugzeugs ist am Donnerstag ums Leben gekommen, als sein Fluggerät in etwa 20 Metern Höhe gegen den Gittermast einer Windkraftanlage prallte . . .

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February 3, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine collapses as storms batter Northern Ireland

High winds and wintry weather lashed much of Northern Ireland yesterday. In the day’s most dramatic incident, a giant wind turbine collapsed on a remote Co Down hillside. The massive structure, near the Begny Hill Road between Dromara and Ballynahinch, was photographed lying in pieces on the ground. The images also showed a large crane active on the site amid the wreckage. The Heath and Safety Executive is investigating the incident. It is not the first time a giant wind . . .

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