Exploding Wind Turbine
Posted in the Pittsfield Forum
#1 Dec 13, 2011
"Imagination at Work" -- G.E.
#2 Dec 13, 2011
"In one spectacular incident yesterday a 300ft wind turbine exploded in flames as it was buffeted by the high winds.
Another wind turbine was completely blown down on Wednesday, raising questions about the ability of wind farms to cope with the weather.
The flaming £2million wind turbine was in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, Scotland. Witnesses said its blades were locked at the time, because the National Grid would be unable to cope with a sudden power surge.
Photographer Stuart McMahon, who took the incredible image, said:‘The centre of the turbine caught fire first and the flames spread to the covering of the blades.
‘There was burning debris being swept off in the wind and across the fields. These are huge structures and to see one on fire was a spectacular sight.’
The turbine knocked over by high winds near Coldingham in the Borders caused several homes to be evacuated and a road to be closed.
Although ScottishPower has not blamed the weather for its collapse, Lothian and Borders Police said the turbine ‘suffered brake system failure and had been freewheeling’ in 50mph winds.
Charles Anglin, of RenewableUK, the trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries, stressed that wind turbines were regularly subjected to 'some pretty tough conditions' without problem.
He said:'There's some pretty freak weather going on and any piece of large power generating equipment can be subject to freak accidents or mechanical faults.
'But there's an excellent health and safety record, and it was only a small fire in a field that was put out before the fire brigade got there, and no one was hurt.
'In stressful situations any power equipment may develop faults, and that's true of gas, nuclear, oil, and is also true of wind.'
ScottishPower, which has 15 wind farms north of the Border, said turbines were switched off at ‘most of them’. The wind turbine destroyed was not theirs.
A spokesman said:‘Individual turbines have self-protection mechanisms that are activated in sustained storm force winds to prevent damage. They re-activate when the wind speed drops.’
Scottish and Southern Energy refused to disclose how many of its turbines were affected.
A spokesman for National Grid said:‘At lunchtime, 1,500MW of electricity that was expected to be generated by wind farms in Scotland wasn’t being produced, although we can’t tell if that’s all down to the high winds or wind farms just deciding not to generate.
‘That 1,500MW is enough to supply about one million homes.’
But the spokesman said operators were not paid compensation –‘constraint payments’– to shut down yesterday. This happens when operators have to deactivate turbines because the Grid cannot accommodate the energy they produce.
He added:‘The company’s electricity demand forecasting team had already anticipated wind farms shutting down because of the high winds, and the company had made sure there was enough back-up power available to keep the lights on.’
Sir Bernard Ingham, secretary of the pressure group Supporters of Nuclear Energy, said it was 'ridiculous' that wind had killed off a wind turbine.
He said:'They are no good when the wind doesn't blow and they are no good when the wind does blow. What on earth is the point of them?
'They represent the most ridiculous waste of people's money.'
Sir Bernard, who was Margaret Thatcher's Downing Street press secretary, added:'Let's go into something that works. It's called nuclear.'
#3 Dec 13, 2011
#4 Dec 13, 2011
Imagine that. Shit happens...have you ever heard about Three Mile Island? NO? How about Chernobal?
Perhaps you have heard about the big oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico or the Valdez spill maybe?
#5 Dec 13, 2011
Perhaps they shoould put one of these wind mills on the Whitehouse, & perhaps shit happens, Obama will lose in 2012.
#6 Dec 13, 2011
Report:“Confirmed that the wall of reactor 4 was lost on the south side”
#7 Dec 13, 2011
rumor in Washington is that rush Limbaugh is going berserk over the self destruction of the republican candidates. He is fit to be tied and feels like he is just wasting all his propaganda
but he says he will do anything for the money so he does not care all that much
#8 Dec 13, 2011
Admit it, you've never once listened to Rush Limbaugh's radio program.
You're too busy listening to Alan Chartock on his little Vox Pop show on WAMC Northeast Public Radio, the program with 10 listeners.
#9 Dec 13, 2011
Topix deleted the photo of the exploding wind turbine.
#10 Dec 13, 2011
Check out this video:
#12 Dec 13, 2011
#13 Dec 13, 2011
Death by Wind Turbine:
#14 Dec 13, 2011
As I am in direct competition with Rush for listeners I assure you that I do listen to him on tape. But at dinner the other night he was fit to be tied that Gingrich got sucked into the Trump debate debacle. The whole thing is making him look like the idiot he is. And just who the hell is Alan Chartock anyway? Is he another wayward republican candidate or does he come from the bottomless pit of democratic shysters sucking from the public trough?
#15 Dec 16, 2011
This photo looks like a scene from an old Flash Gordon serial.
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