Articles filed under Safety

World’s biggest battery sidelined after “overheating incident” in Californ

Another major problem has struck at a pioneering big battery project, this time at the 400MW/1600MWh Moss Landing Energy Storage Facility in California, south of San Francisco, which was recently expanded to become the world’s largest of its kind. The owner and operator of the big battery, Vistra Corp, says an investigation is underway into an “overheating incident” at the Moss Landing facility, which did not result in a fire, but has taken the 300MW, four hour storage first phase of the project out of service.
14 Sep 2021

Train crashes into semi-truck with wind turbine blade attached

Union Pacific officials said the train collided with the truck around 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of U.S. 90 and U.S. 183. The Luling Police Department said the Northern Lights Specialized Transport truck was partially across the railroad track when it was struck by the train. The truck and trailer were overturned.
30 Aug 2021

Block Island offshore wind farm still down for maintenance and safety inspections

Workers at the Merkur wind farm in the German North Sea found signs of stress fatigue on the support structures of the “helihoist” platforms on some of the project’s GE Haliade turbines. Power generation at the 396-megawatt array was temporarily halted to come up with a solution to the problem, but the wind farm has since come back online. In June, Ørsted said it had put the five-year-old Block Island Wind Farm “on pause as a precautionary safety measure” to see if similar problems had arisen with the platforms at the top of the turbines that equipment and workers can be lowered onto from helicopters. 
14 Aug 2021

While they were asleep, their Teslas burned in the garage. It’s a risk many automakers are taking seriously.

The Vindums have not been able to live in their home since the Dec. 30 fire, which led to more than $1 million worth of damage, according to a report from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, which was viewed by The Post. “The firemen said it was so hot that they couldn’t walk up the driveway,” Vindum said. Vindum eventually replaced the Teslas with a gasoline-powered Audi from the insurance payout ...“Gasoline driven cars don’t catch fire in the garage when they’re sitting there. And that’s the difference,” he said. “I don’t worry about [my] Audi catching fire downstairs when it’s not running.”
4 Aug 2021

Tesla Model S Plaid erupts in flames and briefly traps owner after electronic doors fail, attorneys say

In an interview, Setchen said his client narrowly escaped catastrophe after the car caught fire and the door handles would not budge. “He’s in the car, he smells and sees the smoke, turns around and sees the smoke is filling up the cabin, then flames, and reacts almost immediately,” Geragos said in an interview. “The door malfunctions, he gets out and somehow the car is still running [down the road] according to witnesses as he’s trying to get away from the car.
2 Jul 2021

Broken, burned-out towers pose possible threat to public

“I am not someone whose nerves get on edge very easily, but I didn’t want either myself or my people close to it. What I saw gave me fear,” said Wreath. “I left with many more concerns and questions than I had arrived with.” The 120-megawatt capacity project — located along the Oklahoma-Texas state line between Guymon and Hardesty — went operational in 2012 and contains 60 towers within Oklahoma. About nine towers show signs of catastrophic failure, where portions or entire blades are missing or nacelles at tower tops have burned. Dozens of other towers are locked down, either because of internal damage that can’t be observed without a detailed inspection or because of other problems that could be impacting their operations.
19 Jun 2021

Wrongful death lawsuit filed after man dies from fall at a wind trbine

“The subject matter of the anticipated suit includes gross negligence and various subcategories of negligence.” Sentry is said to have failed to provide a "first aid station, an infirmary, or other medical services for the treatment of injured employees and – in a serious violation of safety protocols – also failed to have a person with first-aid training readily available at the work site to render first aid.”
3 Jun 2021

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