They produce clean energy, sure, but they can also hurl a mean snowball. DECEMBER 9, 2008 | KATE GALBRAITH | New York Times How do wind turbines fare in winter weather? Not so well, according to one little town in England. The Wisbech Standard reports a harrowing tale in which “lumps of ice three or … Continue reading Ice-Tossing Turbines: Myth or Hazard?
November 27, 2015 • Oklahoma Cogar Volunteer Fire Department: Large chunks of ice being launched great distance | Please beware of large chunks of ice being launched great distance by the wind turbines in our area! Please use extreme caution and stay a safe distance away from them. We have seen 3 wires of new barbed wire … Continue reading Oklahoma: Warning large chunks of ice being launched great distance.
MN wind turbines shut down over safety concerns from ice February 24, 2018 Wind turbines at a Freeborn County wind farm were shut down this week, due to safety concerns. An incident on Thursday involving a livestock semi-truck that was struck by by ice throw from a wind turbine on Highway 13, south of Hartland. … Continue reading MN wind turbines shut down after semi-truck hit by ice.
By TOM GANTERT | April 12, 2017 One safety issue centers around ice forming on spinning turbine blades. A report issued by General Electric in 2006 warned about “ice shedding” and “ice throw.” It states: “Any ice that is accumulated may be shed from the turbine due to both gravity and the mechanical forces of the rotating blades.” A wind … Continue reading A Wind Turbine Flings 400 lb Chunk of Ice 1,000 Feet.
If they shut down when there is ice build up, how efficient will they be in The Huron Mountains, during one of our winters? OHIO: RES has indicated in the past that the turbines planned for Cass and Miami counties will be equipped with technology that will perceive ice buildup and prevent the turbine from operating until … Continue reading Ice buildup detection prevents the turbine from operating until the ice sheds.