Saturday, 23 November 2013
Wind turbine blades falling off
ClickGreen tells us that wind turbine blades have been falling off again. Good news or bad? Hard to tell really.
Wind turbine makers GE has confirmed it has launched a “thorough investigation” into one of its flagship models after a series of blade failures.
The latest mechanical breakdowns occurred last week when 48.7m-long blades fell off TWO separate GE 1.6-100 wind turbines at different locations in the US in the space of just four days.
A third blade failure was reported the previous week at another wind farm and now GE customers in the UK are being contacted with news of the investigation.
The company has installed over 20,000 wind turbines worldwide and has received several orders for the high performance 1.6-100 turbine in the UK. To date, GE has supplied or is under contract to supply more than 163.10 MWs of wind turbines to the UK.