Skip to comments.Europe's largest windfarm shut down after 14-tonne turbine blade snaps
Posted on 03/23/2010 6:15:08 PM PDT by Nachum
Europe's largest windfarm was shut down after a blade snapped off one of the huge turbines, operators said today.
All 140 turbines at the Whitelee windfarm on Eaglesham Moor near Glasgow are being inspected by engineers following Friday's incident.
ScottishPower Renewables said mechanical failure or a lightning strike could be to blame for the breakage, which it described as 'highly unusual'.
The 150ft, 14-tonne, fibreglass blade broke off in the early hours in windy conditions and landed at the base of its tower.
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I’ll betcha the real reason they shut it down was that it was driving the neighbors crazy.
How much energy does it take to build these things and keep them running?
The article says the farm was officially switched on in May of last year.
So they got 10 months of operations out of it, before it started falling apart.
The only thing renewable about that is the repair bills.
Shut it off Friday. It’s now Tuesday. Power generation is overrated anyway.
Hey yall! Watch this! (Windmill Porn!)
I understand that it gets pretty ‘interesting’ when these blades ‘shed’ ice in the winter. Imagine how far & how fast the ice gets slung (flung? flinged?) Whatever...
nah. George W Bush went there and cut the blade in half..
Scotland is part of Europe? Dang.
Probably General Electric (NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, Universal) crap turbine blades and junk. GE is a scum company.
GE - “Because we kiss Obama’s ass 24x7”
GE “Because our debt is worthless and if it got downgraded we would go under but Uncle Sam is backing our debt.”
Also happened on Cape Cod MA twice this winter:
I just found out that here in the U.S. that the govt. is underwriting these things, hugely for 10 years. Even at that they are barely profitable. After the subsidy runs out in 10 years, if they last that long, it will be bye, bye.
Beat me to it. I think the break qualifies as a mechanical failure. Yeah that’s it. We’ll just say it was a mechanical failure! It sounds so, well, technical.
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[ScottishPower Renewables said mechanical failure or a lightning strike could be to blame for the breakage, which it described as ‘highly unusual’. ]
I should hope 14 tonne blades spinning off into oblivion would be ‘highly unusual’. And somehow I also think mechanical failure was involved at some level, maybe it’s just me.
It’s a different story for those of us who live in windy places and exercise our property rights to build small turbines that are tougher than the manufactured ones. Eastern gapers, shut up, and go back to where you belong!
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The correct word is “flang”.
It’s my understanding that Brits do not consider themselves “European”.
...cultural identities? One could get lost in that topic. ;-)
Are We All Europeans Now? Local, National and Supranational Identities of Young Adults
by Sue Grundy and Lynn Jamieson
University of Edinburgh