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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.


December 14, 2017 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine repairs too costly to keep it running

The cost of repairs for a wind turbine at Kiowa County High School have gotten so high, the district has decided to dismantle the unit. It’s time to cut losses and move ahead at Kiowa County High School. That was the decision that signaled the end of a wind turbine generator at the school. District Superintendent Staci Derstein said they were in the process of getting the tower and turbine decommissioned and taken down. The take down has to wait . . . Complete story »


December 3, 2017 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Damaged wind turbine taken down in Reese

A wind turbine, that was damaged earlier this year, will be torn down in Reese. The turbine is located at the Tuscola Bay Wind Energy Center on Gera Road near Hack Road. Crews are taking down the tower, turbine, and blades due to a mechanical problem that developed in one blade in June. The turbine will be replaced at a later date. Complete story »


December 1, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Man impaled on pole after fall at Denbighshire wind farm

A man has been taken to hospital after getting impaled on a pole after falling down a hole at a Denbighshire wind farm. The Wales Air Ambulance took the casualty from the incident at Nantglyn near Denbigh, where he was working, to the Aintree Hospital in Liverpool. North Wales Fire and Rescue Service was also called to the scene at about 15:00 GMT on Thursday. Complete story »


November 29, 2017 • ThailandPrint storyE-mail story

Barge carrying wind turbines worth millions, sinks in Chao Phraya River

AYUTTHAYA – Salvage experts are planning how best to raise a large barge and its cargo of wind turbine towers that sank in the Chao Phraya River, about 300 metres from the Nuan Chawi Bridge, in Muang district on Monday afternoon. Somkiat Kosikrainiramol, director of the marine department regional office in Nonthaburi, said the barge was taking four wind turbine towers worth millions of Baht from Chon Buri’s Sattahip port to Nakhon Luang district of Ayutthaya province. It sank around . . . Complete story »


November 12, 2017 • BelgiumPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power backup and storage batteries explode into flames and send a toxic cloud over the city of Brussels

A wind power storage battery has exploded into flames at a power station located near the city of Brussels. The fire resulted in a cloud of toxic fumes that flew over the city and force thousands of people to stay at home. The battery was part of the first real live testing of power batteries being used to store wind power in Belgium. After less than one month, the test miserably failed with the battery being destroyed by fire and . . . Complete story »


November 12, 2017 • BelgiumPrint storyE-mail story

Gros incendie chez Engie Electrabel à Drogenbos: Les mesures de confinement “peuvent être levées”

L’incendie est sous contrôle, annoncent les pompiers de Bruxelles dans un communiqué. “Toutes les dispositions préventives de confinement demandées précédemment peuvent être levées”, précise-t-on encore. “Les mesures de qualité de l’air prises donnent des résultats normaux” et il n’existe plus “de risque pour la santé ou pour l’environnement”. Un container avec des batteries au lithium a pris feu samedi sur les terrains d’Engie Electrabel à Drogenbos, indique le bourgmestre de la commune du Brabant flamand. Les pompiers de Bruxelles ont . . . Complete story »


November 12, 2017 • BelgiumPrint storyE-mail story

Un incendie chez Engie a provoqué un dégagement de fumée à Bruxelles: “L’incendie est sous contrôle, il n’y a plus de risque”

Un incendie qui s’est déclaré sur un terrain d’Engie Electrabel à Drogenbos a provoqué un dégagement de fumée légèrement toxique ce samedi. Durant les opérations de secours, les autorités ont demandé aux habitants de fermer portes et fenêtres à Bruxelles. Après plusieurs heures d’efforts, les pompiers sont parvenus à maîtriser l’incendie. Un conteneur avec des batteries au lithium a pris feu samedi sur les terrains d’Engie Electrabel à Drogenbos, a indiqué le bourgmestre de la commune du Brabant flamand. L’incendie . . . Complete story »


November 8, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Mystery surrounds collapse of wind turbine head at Austalian Antarctic Division’s Mawson research station

An Antarctic research station is relying on diesel generators after a wind turbine collapsed overnight. The Australia Antarctic Division has reported that the head of the turbine fell to the ground about 9pm at Mawson research station. No one was injured in the incident. Dr Rob Wooding, AAD general manager of support and operations, said all expeditioners were safely inside the living quarters at the time. “While Mawson can experience regular blizzards, the conditions over the last few days have . . . Complete story »


November 6, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Firm fined $8K after death at Deerfield Wind site

SEARSBURG – A Maine-based construction firm will pay state regulators $8,000 in fines for safety violations found after the death of a man at the Deerfield Wind work site last spring. David Sprague, of Windham, Maine, was 59 years old when he was electrocuted at the Putnam Road construction site on April 18. An investigation by the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration into Reed & Reed Inc, a Woolwich, Maine-based company, closed on Monday, according to VOSHA’s website. The investigation . . . Complete story »


November 4, 2017 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

‘Damaged part’ sparked 9.5MW fire; MHI Vestas points finger at component within V164 converter module

MHI Vestas has blamed a component damaged during installation for the fire that destroyed its 9.5MW offshore wind turbine prototype in August. The Danish manufacturer said the root cause was “unique to a prototype environment” and that the release of its upgraded V164 “remains on schedule”. The component in question was within the turbine’s converter module and was a standard industry part with a solid track record. It was added “solely as part of testing” the upgrade to 9.5MW at . . . Complete story »


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