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Wind Turbine Fires 10 Times More Common than Previously Thought
Breitbart News Network ^ | 17 Jul 2014 | Nick Hallett

Posted on 07/18/2014 9:50:49 AM PDT by george76

Nearly 120 wind turbines catch fire each year – ten times the number reported by the industry – according to new research. The figures show that fires are the second biggest cause of accidents in wind turbines, after blade failure.

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because the turbines are so far off the ground, it is almost impossible to put the fires out, leading to the whole structure potentially being destroyed.

Dr Guillermo Rein of Imperial College said: “Fires are a problem for the industry, impacting on energy production, economic output and emitting toxic fumes.

“This could cast a shadow over the industry’s green credentials.

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The turbines catch fire because they contain flammable materials such as hydraulic oil, which are in close proximity to wires and machinery. High winds can add extra oxygen, making it even easier to catch fire if they are faulty or overheat.

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Fires can also start as a result of lightning strikes,

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: agw; energy; fires; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; govtabuse; greenagenda; greendelusions; greens; photovoltaics; windpower; windturbine; windturbinefires

1 posted on 07/18/2014 9:50:50 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Burning plastic and shredding birds is good for the environment as long as backed by ‘free’ taxpayer money and good intentions from leftist moonbats.


2 posted on 07/18/2014 9:54:05 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: george76
High winds can add extra oxygen, making it even easier to catch fire if they are faulty or overheat.

No points for this one - Wind won't "make it easier" to catch fire, although wind might make it easier to burn once it does...

3 posted on 07/18/2014 9:54:31 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: george76

A good wind turbine.

4 posted on 07/18/2014 9:57:26 AM PDT by Obadiah (None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.)
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To: george76

The writer has it all wrong.

George Bush is setting explosives in them.


5 posted on 07/18/2014 10:02:00 AM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is the CPUSA)
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To: george76

Eagles crashing in flames.


6 posted on 07/18/2014 10:03:26 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Obadiah; neverdem; narses; Nachum; SunkenCiv; cogitator; MHGinTN

Gee. Dropping tons of hot melting metal and plastic and hydraulic and lube oil right on top of .... a dry forest.


7 posted on 07/18/2014 10:03:43 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: george76

I have an idea I should float at that web-based seed money website... anybody want “in”?

I call it the Wind Turbine Engine.

The concept is that into the firebox of a large power-generating engine will be placed Wind Turbines. Due to their flammable nature, ignition is natural. The fire heats water to steam which drives generators to produce electricity.

Around here in MA, the supply of the raw combustant, Wind Turbines, are abundant! Nothing is needed to convert the raw ingredients to the fuel needed for the engine... just shove it in.


8 posted on 07/18/2014 10:05:01 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: george76
The EPA Anti-CO2 Squad Is On The Job....


9 posted on 07/18/2014 10:13:29 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: george76

Spray ‘em with CO2 to put the fires out!


10 posted on 07/18/2014 10:49:52 AM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Exactly!

The stresses, friction, and power surges created by the high winds could cause the turbine to catch fire — but, that has nothing to do with “extra oxygen” as the article states. Once there’s a fire, then, as you say, the wind might make burning easier.


11 posted on 07/18/2014 10:53:28 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: george76

Gee, you’d think these guys had never heard of aviation
fire suppression before. Oh wait, that would mean they
had to think about it before there was a fire in one.


12 posted on 07/18/2014 10:58:58 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

...Not to mention the added expense not covered with subsidies, YET.


13 posted on 07/18/2014 11:07:54 AM PDT by wita
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To: george76

Wind turbines are a sacrament of the left. They will be defended even at the cost of lying and fabricating information.


14 posted on 07/18/2014 11:31:49 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: george76

Moving machines require supervision no matter where they are.


15 posted on 07/18/2014 11:55:53 AM PDT by tiki
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To: george76

16 posted on 07/18/2014 1:04:32 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ...

Thanks Robert A. Cook, PE.


17 posted on 07/19/2014 6:31:02 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: TurboZamboni

Yes - AND we can’t forget to factor in the energy costs involved in building these structures...


18 posted on 07/19/2014 8:53:15 AM PDT by GOPJ (To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize-Voltaire)
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