Wind Power News: Accidents
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Wind power backup and storage batteries explode into flames and send a toxic cloud over the city of Brussels
A wind power storage battery has exploded into flames at a power station located near the city of Brussels. The fire resulted in a cloud of toxic fumes that flew over the city and force thousands of people to stay at home. The battery was part of the first real live testing of power batteries being used to store wind power in Belgium. After less than one month, the test miserably failed with the battery being destroyed by fire and . . .
L’incendie est sous contrôle, annoncent les pompiers de Bruxelles dans un communiqué. “Toutes les dispositions préventives de confinement demandées précédemment peuvent être levées”, précise-t-on encore. “Les mesures de qualité de l’air prises donnent des résultats normaux” et il n’existe plus “de risque pour la santé ou pour l’environnement”. Un container avec des batteries au lithium a pris feu samedi sur les terrains d’Engie Electrabel à Drogenbos, indique le bourgmestre de la commune du Brabant flamand. Les pompiers de Bruxelles ont . . .
Un incendie chez Engie a provoqué un dégagement de fumée à Bruxelles: “L’incendie est sous contrôle, il n’y a plus de risque”
Un incendie qui s’est déclaré sur un terrain d’Engie Electrabel à Drogenbos a provoqué un dégagement de fumée légèrement toxique ce samedi. Durant les opérations de secours, les autorités ont demandé aux habitants de fermer portes et fenêtres à Bruxelles. Après plusieurs heures d’efforts, les pompiers sont parvenus à maîtriser l’incendie. Un conteneur avec des batteries au lithium a pris feu samedi sur les terrains d’Engie Electrabel à Drogenbos, a indiqué le bourgmestre de la commune du Brabant flamand. L’incendie . . .
Mystery surrounds collapse of wind turbine head at Austalian Antarctic Division’s Mawson research station
An Antarctic research station is relying on diesel generators after a wind turbine collapsed overnight. The Australia Antarctic Division has reported that the head of the turbine fell to the ground about 9pm at Mawson research station. No one was injured in the incident. Dr Rob Wooding, AAD general manager of support and operations, said all expeditioners were safely inside the living quarters at the time. “While Mawson can experience regular blizzards, the conditions over the last few days have . . .
SEARSBURG – A Maine-based construction firm will pay state regulators $8,000 in fines for safety violations found after the death of a man at the Deerfield Wind work site last spring. David Sprague, of Windham, Maine, was 59 years old when he was electrocuted at the Putnam Road construction site on April 18. An investigation by the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration into Reed & Reed Inc, a Woolwich, Maine-based company, closed on Monday, according to VOSHA’s website. The investigation . . .
‘Damaged part’ sparked 9.5MW fire; MHI Vestas points finger at component within V164 converter module
MHI Vestas has blamed a component damaged during installation for the fire that destroyed its 9.5MW offshore wind turbine prototype in August. The Danish manufacturer said the root cause was “unique to a prototype environment” and that the release of its upgraded V164 “remains on schedule”. The component in question was within the turbine’s converter module and was a standard industry part with a solid track record. It was added “solely as part of testing” the upgrade to 9.5MW at . . .
SACO – The defunct wind turbine in front of the Amtrak Station is expected to be removed before the end of the year. City officials are already discussing what might take its place. Wyman & Simpson, Inc., a Richmond-based construction company, submitted the only bid to the public works department for $30,000 to remove the turbine. Public Works Director Patrick Fox said the bid was much higher than expected and city officials will speak to Wyman & Simpson about lowering . . .
WYE MILLS – Based on the success of its solar energy program over the past year, Chesapeake College is decommissioning its wind turbine on the northeast corner of its campus off U.S. Route 50 and plans to invest future resources in renewable energy produced by the sun. Since installing a six-acre solar array and photovoltaic parking canopy on the south side of its property in 2016, Chesapeake has produced enough power in one year to offset approximately 45 percent of the . . .
Based on the success of its solar energy program over the past year, Chesapeake College is decommissioning its wind turbine on the northeast corner of its campus at Rt. 50 and plans to invest future resources in renewable energy produced by the sun. Since installing a six-acre solar array and photovoltaic parking canopy on the south side of its property in 2016, Chesapeake has produced enough power in one year to offset approximately 45 percent of the college’s energy demand. . . .
The owners of a fire damaged wind turbine near Harrogate are attempting to secure more time for repairs as a deadline looms which could see the land it stands on reinstated for agricultural use. An application was submitted on behalf of owners Innogy Renewables Ltd to Harrogate Borough Council to alter a condition put in place when planning permission was granted in 2005 for the eight turbines at Knabs Ridge Wind Farm, located between Skipton Road and Penny Pot Lane. . . .