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Europe's largest windfarm shut down after 14-tonne turbine blade snaps
Daily Mail ^ | 3/23/10 | Daily Mail Reporter

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: energy; europes; hoa; largest; nimby; property; rights; shut; wind; windfarm
How hopey-changey
1 posted on 03/23/2010 6:15:09 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

I’ll betcha the real reason they shut it down was that it was driving the neighbors crazy.


2 posted on 03/23/2010 6:17:02 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Markets and Marxists Don't Mix! Audit the FED NOW!)
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To: Nachum
"mechanical failure"

Lucky guess.

3 posted on 03/23/2010 6:17:50 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Nachum

How much energy does it take to build these things and keep them running?


4 posted on 03/23/2010 6:20:14 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Nachum

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.


5 posted on 03/23/2010 6:20:41 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Nachum

Shut it off Friday. It’s now Tuesday. Power generation is overrated anyway.


6 posted on 03/23/2010 6:21:12 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Funny, the same Leftists who denied Obamacare is "Socialist" are calling its critics "Fascist".)
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To: Nachum

Oopsie-Daisey.....


7 posted on 03/23/2010 6:22:20 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (To Arms!)
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To: Nachum

Hey yall! Watch this! (Windmill Porn!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u14tBwO5QVQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbMO7ufATBc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkGXoE3RFZ8&feature=fvw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDJpvzoh1Iw


8 posted on 03/23/2010 6:23:06 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
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To: Brilliant

Good question.


9 posted on 03/23/2010 6:23:42 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

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...


10 posted on 03/23/2010 6:24:41 PM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Nachum
Heres a video of one flying apart in Denmark:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2x7u4GAqPc&feature=related

11 posted on 03/23/2010 6:24:46 PM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: Paladin2

>”mechanical failure”

nah. George W Bush went there and cut the blade in half..


12 posted on 03/23/2010 6:25:00 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Nachum; All

13 posted on 03/23/2010 6:27:34 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Nachum

Scotland is part of Europe? Dang.


14 posted on 03/23/2010 6:31:53 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You don't have to be ignorant to be a Democrat...but if you are...so what?)
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To: DannyTN

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.”


15 posted on 03/23/2010 6:34:41 PM PDT by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: Nachum

Also happened on Cape Cod MA twice this winter:

http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100316/NEWS/3160306


16 posted on 03/23/2010 6:37:58 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: DannyTN

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.


17 posted on 03/23/2010 6:39:12 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: Paladin2

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.


18 posted on 03/23/2010 6:39:38 PM PDT by Blackhawk (God said it, I believe it, That settles it. Forever. Amen.)
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To: DannyTN
The only thing renewable about that is the repair bills.

Bingo!
ROTFL

19 posted on 03/23/2010 6:42:44 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: musicman

Hilarious!


20 posted on 03/23/2010 6:43:11 PM PDT by outinyellowdogcountry
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To: Paladin2
Did it happen “expectantly”? lol
21 posted on 03/23/2010 6:47:05 PM PDT by chipper dave
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To: chipper dave

bump to read later


22 posted on 03/23/2010 7:00:33 PM PDT by mom4melody
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To: Past Your Eyes
"Scotland is part of Europe? Dang."

The whole UK is an official member of the European Union.


23 posted on 03/23/2010 7:03:43 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: Nachum

24 posted on 03/23/2010 7:06:15 PM PDT by quantim
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To: Nachum

[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.


25 posted on 03/23/2010 7:09:14 PM PDT by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: Nachum

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!

10 ft Otherpower.com Wind Turbine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RwaTll4guE

Otherpower 10’ Wind Turbine Flying in Springport
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3-VnWOacVg

Otherpower.com’s large homebrew wind turbine on a breezy day
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZ2VyfzJYnI


26 posted on 03/23/2010 7:13:39 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: Nachum
Madame Guillotine now ensconced across the Channel.

Leni

27 posted on 03/23/2010 7:19:25 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Bill O'Reilly: 9/8/09: "Communism is not a threat to us anymore"-10/20/09: "Obama is not a Marxist")
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To: Tallguy
"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..."

Not at all on small, homebuilt turbines (only up to 20' rotors for 3kw) at high elevations on the Rockies. ...too cold for ice to collect on 'em. The warmth of the big alternators mounted on trailer hubs also tend to keep them dried off.

They are mysterious to lazy folks, though. Socialist, NIMBY hags and HOA queens can be frightened by them and the technically inclined, "arrogant males" who built them from a mile away.


28 posted on 03/23/2010 7:20:27 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: Frantzie

Siemens.


29 posted on 03/23/2010 7:24:41 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: Tallguy

The correct word is “flang”.


30 posted on 03/23/2010 7:31:21 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Greetings, and how are you today, comrade?)
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To: familyop

It’s my understanding that Brits do not consider themselves “European”.


31 posted on 03/24/2010 5:04:57 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You don't have to be ignorant to be a Democrat...but if you are...so what?)
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To: Past Your Eyes

...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[1]
University of Edinburgh
http://www.socresonline.org.uk/cgi-bin/perlfect/search/search.pl?q=identities&showurl=%2F10%2F3%2Fgrundy.html


32 posted on 03/24/2010 6:55:17 AM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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