Otis Wind Turbine Failure -Gear Box

Otis Wind Turbine Failure -Gear Box

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Bill Carson

Mattapoisett, MA

#1 Oct 27, 2012
A wind turbine at Otis AFB has a major gear box failure
Massachusetts Military Reservation - Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence

Bourne, MA

United States

(41.6578/-70.5914)

Developer:

Owner/Operator: Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence

Host: Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence

Size: 1500 kW

Technology: 1 Furhlander 1.5 MW

Type: Customer Sited (100 kW+)

Status: Operating

Commission Date: December 15, 2009

Discussion:

The Massachusetts Military Reservation (Otis Air Force Base) received and installed its 1.5-MW Fuhrlander turbine in late fall 2009. The turbine will partially power the Air Force's groundwater clean up efforts at the Base and is the first of a multi-phase wind development effort for the Reservation.

Project Content Last Updated: January 19, 2010

http://www.theportsmouthrecord.com/TownCounci...


82 minutes into the video -Otis Wind Turbine Failure

Click on : Report on the mechanical condition of the Wind Turbine by Don Roberts of DA Roberts LLC

Portsmouth Town Council
10/23/12

Agenda Summary with Video Links

Town Administrator Remarks on the options before the Council.
Comments on the Time Line of Events by Acting Town Planner Gary Crosby
Report on the mechanical condition of the Wind Turbine by Don Roberts of DA Roberts LLC
Private Sector Alternatives
Actions by the Council
Jack Kelly

Providence, RI

#4 Nov 3, 2012
A choice has been made to run the turbine until the gear box melts .They will have a new gear box on hand to replace the old one when it goes!

The only question is what happens to the 200 gallons of oil in the old gear box ? Will it catch fire ?

Looks like they are going to gamble !

Here is the gear box review done by DA Roberts LLC . The Otis Wind Turbine is just after 80 minutes:

Video of the Portsmouth Wind Turbine Meeting Oct 23, 2012 . The video says that the wind turbine at Otis AFB which is a Furlander with a gear box has failed .

Click on "Report on the mechanical condition of the Wind Turbine by Don Roberts of DA Roberts LLC" in the URL Look at 80 minutes into the video to see "Otis Wind Turbine Failure"

http://www.theportsmouthrecord.com/TownCounci...
Bill Carson

Mattapoisett, MA

#5 Nov 27, 2012
http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar...

Air Force OKs windmill near PAVE PAWS

August 24, 2007BOURNE

Air Force OKs windmill near PAVE PAWS

The Air Force has approved siting of a proposed wind turbine at the Massachusetts Military Reservation within a buffer zone around the PAVE PAWS radar station in Sagamore.

In June, the U.S. Department of Defense established a 25-kilometer zone around the PAVE PAWS facility within which any proposed wind turbines would require review by military officials. The buffer zone is about 15½ miles.

The U.S. Air Force Space Command found no issues with the turbine proposed by its Center for Engineering and the Environment, which runs an environmental cleanup program at the Otis Air National Guard Base on the military reservation. The center plans to build a turbine that would provide electricity to a groundwater cleanup facility at Otis.

The turbine project has already received its required permits, including an Federal Aviation Administration finding that the windmill would not interfere with radar. But a study of the PAVE PAWS station was not included in the FAA review.

The Air Force spends more than $1 million annually on electricity to clean up tainted groundwater at Otis. Air Force officials estimate a wind turbine could save the base $170,000 a year.

The 130 turbine Cape Wind project proposed for Nantucket Sound falls outside of the PAVE PAWS buffer zone but is under review by the Space Command. A definitive ruling on that project from the Air Force agency is expected soon.

PATRICK CASSIDY

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