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January 6, 2017 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

Grand Etang collapse came six months after Point Tupper turbine fell

SYDNEY, N.S. – The province’s energy minister says setback regulations are in place to protect the public and neighbouring landowners should wind turbines fall, as has happened twice in Cape Breton in the past five months. Michel Samson was responding to the collapse Wednesday of a 15-year-old wind turbine in Grand Etang. That came less than six months after another collapse of much newer turbine of a different design also located in Cape Breton, in Point Tupper. At the time of . . .

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January 6, 2017 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

‘It shattered to pieces:’ Nova Scotia Power probing wind turbine collapse

One of Nova Scotia’s oldest wind turbines has been knocked out of commission after strong winds lashed the north west coast of Cape Breton on Wednesday. The main tower of the Grand Etang turbine, owned and operated by Nova Scotia Power, snapped in two after being pounded by strong southeast winds, better known by their Acadian name of “les suêtes”, that regularly hammer the Cheticamp area with gusts of up to 200 km/h. Several locals, including area resident Pierre Chiasson, . . .

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January 6, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Experten suchen nach Ursachen für Windrad-Crashs

[Broken rotor blades, overturned windmills: After four crashes in four weeks, experts are looking for causes for wind turbine crashes] Abgebrochene Rotorblätter, umgestürzte Windräder: Nach vier Havarien in vier Wochen steht die Sicherheit von Windkraftanlagen infrage. Müssen bestimmte Bauteile künftig genauer geprüft werden? Da sich zuletzt Fälle umgestürzter Windräder häuften, reagiert der Branchenverband der Hersteller von Windkraftanlagen nun auf Kritik. Die Windkraftanlagen in Deutschland seien sicher, es handele sich bei den Havarien um Einzelfälle, sagte ein Sprecher des Bundesverbands Windenergie . . .

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January 6, 2017 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

People near snapped wind turbine say winds were high but not unprecedented

People living near a wind turbine in Grand Étang that snapped in half Tuesday night say the winds were high but not unprecedented for that area of Cape Breton. “We never expected that to happen,” said Rene Tartaglia, who lives near the turbine with his wife, Doreen Aucoin. “The windmill had been there for so long, and we’d had a lot of big wind.” There was a severe wind warning Tuesday night, with winds reaching 160 km/h, but it’s unclear . . .

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January 5, 2017 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

High winds likely caused tower to snap at Grand Etang installation; Nova Scotia Power probing wind turbine collapse

SYDNEY, N.S. – One of Nova Scotia’s oldest wind turbines has been knocked out of commission after strong winds lashed the north west coast of Cape Breton on Wednesday. The main tower of the Grand Etang turbine, owned and operated by Nova Scotia Power, snapped in two after being pounded by strong southeast winds, better known by their Acadian name of “les suêtes”, that regularly hammer the Cheticamp area with gusts of up to 200 km/h. Several locals, including area resident . . .

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January 5, 2017 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

High winds snap wind turbine in Grand Étang

A wind turbine in Grand Étang didn’t make it through the night during high winds. Nova Scotia Power hasn’t confirmed the cause of the failure of the wind turbine in Cape Breton, but wind speeds in the area reached over 160 km/h overnight on Tuesday and a mix of icy rain fell. An investigation is being conducted to discover the cause of the failure.

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January 5, 2017 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

Cape Breton wind turbine snaps in half

Nova Scotia Power is investigating why one of its wind turbines snapped in half Tuesday night in Grand Étang, Cape Breton. There was a severe wind warning Tuesday night, but it’s unclear if that had anything to do with the break. The power utility said it is still trying to determine the root cause. CBC meteorologist Kalin Mitchell said peak wind gusts of 164 km/h were reported at the Grand Étang weather station between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. this . . .

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January 4, 2017 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

Vestas probes Danish blade loss; Investigation underway at 24MW Bindesbøl 1 wind farm

Vestas has launched an investigation into a blade loss from one of its turbines at the 24MW Bindesbøl 1 wind farm in the Tarm area of western Denmark. The turbine manufacturer said a blade broke from a V90 3MW machine on 26 December during a storm. A “root cause” probe is underway, a spokesman said. “No injuries occurred and the site has been secured. At this point it appears to be an isolated, individual turbine failure,” the spokesman said. The . . .

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January 3, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windrad wie Streichholz umgeknickt (Wind tower folded like a matchstick)

Rund 500 000 Euro Schaden im Windpark Sitten. Für Experten ist das kein Einzelfall. Das umgestürzte Windrad im Windpark Sitten. Die 65 Meter hohe Anlage knickte ein. Erst im Juni war die Anlage gemäß der gesetzlichen Vorgaben überprüft worden, damals wurden keine Mängel festgestellt. © André Braun Neugierigen vermutlich so häufig besucht worden wie nie zuvor. Am Dienstagnachmittag ist eine der dort stehenden Windkraftanlagen abgeknickt. Mit dem teilweise heftigen Wind – bis zu 22 Meter pro Sekunde soll er an diesem Standort . . .

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January 3, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windrad wird nun verschrottet

Leisnig. Drei Tage nach der Havarie eines Windrades nahe Leisnig in Mittelsachsen ist ein technischer Defekt als Unfallursache herausgefunden worden. Nach Abschluss der Untersuchungen stehe fest, dass eines von drei Rotorblättern gebrochen sei, sagte Hans Körner, Geschäftsführer der Wartungsfirma Rasmus GmbH, am Freitag der Deutschen Presse-Agentur. Dies habe zu einer Kettenreaktion geführt, in deren Folge das Windrad in einer Höhe von rund 15 Metern abgeknickt und auf das Feld gestürzt war. Durch die Wucht des Aufpralls liege das Getriebe fast . . .

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