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In the district of Uelzen, the blade of a wind turbine broke off during a storm and fell to the ground. An investgation is called for to determine the cause of the incident.
The wind turbine at Espinhaço de Cão, in the Aljezur area, is said to be well past its useful life and local fire chiefs have complained of the security of these machines and the threat they cause to the surrounding countryside.
"The windmill stands so it is above the two-sided farm building that housed the bull calves. The blades fell into the building, and fire spread in the stable and the hamlet in there, which we tried to control," said Lars Stensbjerg, who is the leader of fire and rescue MidtVest.
The situation developed dramatically as one of the wind turbine blades which was in flames, fell into a nearby farm building that housed between 30 and 40 bull calves in the stable buildings.
The analysis of almost 3,000 onshore wind turbines — the biggest study of its kind —warns that they will continue to generate electricity effectively for just 12 to 15 years. The wind energy industry and the Government base all their calculations on turbines enjoying a lifespan of 20 to 25 years.
A spectacular accident on Monday morning: In a field between Gau-Bickelheim and Wallertheim near the A61 motorway, the almost 55-meter-long and ten-ton blade of a wind turbine was broken off shortly before 8 o'clock and crashed onto an adjacent field. Persons were not injured in the incident, fire department and police secured the accident site.
A controversial offshore windfarm which will provide power for thousands of homes could be rubber-stamped by planners next week.
Janet Nicholls said bits of fibreglass and a huge blade from the machine came crashing down into the field where five of her and her husband David's nine horses were grazing. The collapse was part of mass devastation across Cornwall. ..."Part of the machine still looks like it's going to fall off. It's been there four or five years.
A police spokesman reported that the fire initially broke out in the nacelle at around 3 o'clock on Friday morning and spread to the entire turbine. One blade of the wind turbine fell off after a short time while large parts of a second blade followed. Although the third blade did not burn, it threatened to fall after the nacelle was largely destroyed.
Baur calculates: Since 2016, there have been 16 fires, 15 blade and nacelle accidents and 4 tower damages involving wind turbines in Germany. With tons of equipment and high rotor speeds, there is a "high risk potential for people and buildings in the area".
Since late 2013, the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) has effectively blocked any further wind power projects in south-east Finland, saying that they could interfere with radar signals. At the time, more than 200 projects were planned in the area.
One of the thirteen Gamesa 2.0 megawatt turbines at the Lynemouth wind farm near Ashington caught fire.
According to the REF, £9.4m was paid out in constraint payments in June when the interconnector was not working. A recent posting on the Western Link website said: “cable fault was detected which caused the Link to trip”. Later the website was updated to say that it was expected it would be back in operation at full capacity in September.
The drama shocked the sustainable energy industry. But much has not changed since then, says Alinda Kortus, mother of Arjan, on behalf of the relatives involved. "The accident with Daan and Arjan is already five years ago. It is sad that no or insufficient measures have been taken to guarantee safety. "
Wind turbine technicians are at risk of fatal accidents or serious injury without regular refresher training, according to a study by researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). Wind technicians struggle to recall key emergency steps within a month of their initial training and need regular practice to maintain their skill level, research has found.
"We do not believe this fire was accidental. There are traces of break-ins at the access doors to the towers," according to what the public prosecutor in Valencia, Alex Perrin, was told.
A wind turbine is being allowed to burn itself out after being struck by lightning. Fire crews are at the scene of the blaze at Ransonmoor wind farm, near Doddington, following the lightning strike in the early hours of the morning.
Footage shot by firefighters at the site shows the nacelle of the turbine burned out, one blade still burning, smoke damage at the base of the tower, and smoke billowing out into the Fenland countryside.
Many wind turbines are now 20 or even 25 years old. This increases the risk of serious accidents, of which some failures have already been reported. TÜV therefore demands the introduction of a mandatory inspection program in Germany.
A skipper who at that time sailed past the burning windmill on the Mariadijk in Ooltgensplaat has taken photos of the two boys on top of the mill, who have been later given to their parents. Alinda: 'The photo shows that Arjan and Daan hugged each other. Arjan probably went back through the fire afterwards, and Daan fell off the mill. I don't really want to think about what they've experienced. "