Contrary to their ‘super-safe’, ‘clean’, ‘green’ image, giant industrial wind turbines are the perfect incendiary device.
Around the world, hundreds have exploded into in palls of smoke and balls of flame – in the process – each one raining molten metal and over 1,000 litres of flaming gear oil and hydraulic fluid (see our post here) and burning plastic earthwards.
The wind industry has been forced to concede that at least 4 bushfires were started by wind turbines in Australia, so far:
- Ten Mile Lagoon in Western Australia in the mid-1990s;
- Lake Bonney, Millicent (SA) in January 2006 (see the photo below);
- Cathedral Rocks Wind Farm, Port Lincoln (SA) in February 2009 (see The Advertiser article here); and
- Starfish Hill (SA) in November 2010 (see this link for more detail).
With more and even larger wind turbines being speared into rural communities around the world, catastrophic bushfires are inevitable.
Here’s just the latest conflagration to help you rest easy during the next burst of extreme fire danger weather.
This time it’s the good folk near Cheyenne, Wyoming who’ve got a taste of what their inevitable transition to an all wind powered future looks and smells like.
Wind Turbine Company Investigating Turbine Fire
Cowboy State Daily
22 December 2020
There is still no word on what caused a wind turbine to catch fire over the weekend west of Cheyenne, but the wind farm’s management company said it is investigating.
“A wind turbine at the Roundhouse Wind Energy Center briefly caught fire on Saturday. The fire was out quickly, and no one was injured. Turbine fires are rare. We are currently investigating the cause of this incident,” NextEra Energy Resources, the company that manages the Roundhouse project, said in a statement to Cowboy State Daily.
As of Tuesday, there was still no explanation of what the repair or replacement process or timeline will look like.
“I am very concerned for my safety,” Sherry Birch, who lives near the wind farm, said in a press release over the weekend. “Had this been a drier time of the year, there is nothing that would have prevented this from starting a grass fire and threatening my home.”
According to fire suppression company Firetrace, wind turbines can catch fire because the components fail, which then generates heat or sparks and can ignite flammable materials.
Converter and capacitor cabinets catch on fire most frequently, but they can also start in the turbine’s transformer or in the emergency brake behind the gear box.
Laramie-area resident Paul Montoya, an active opponent of the wind farm, expressed concern earlier this year about the safety of some wind turbines, after blades from two separate turbines in Iowa broke off.
“Looking at the abnormally close distance of the turbines of the new Roundhouse turbine plant west of Cheyenne, I worry for our Wyoming residents said,” Montoya told Cowboy State Daily in reference to the Iowa blade problems.
Cowboy State Daily
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January 22, 2021 at 12:31AM