Skip to comments.Wind Turbine Fires 10 Times More Common than Previously Thought
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.
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 industrys green credentials.
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.
Fires can also start as a result of lightning strikes,
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Burning plastic and shredding birds is good for the environment as long as backed by ‘free’ taxpayer money and good intentions from leftist moonbats.
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...
A good wind turbine.
The writer has it all wrong.
George Bush is setting explosives in them.
Eagles crashing in flames.
Gee. Dropping tons of hot melting metal and plastic and hydraulic and lube oil right on top of .... a dry forest.
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.
The EPA Anti-CO2 Squad Is On The Job....
Spray ‘em with CO2 to put the fires out!
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.
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.
...Not to mention the added expense not covered with subsidies, YET.
Wind turbines are a sacrament of the left. They will be defended even at the cost of lying and fabricating information.
Moving machines require supervision no matter where they are.
Thanks Robert A. Cook, PE.
Yes - AND we can’t forget to factor in the energy costs involved in building these structures...