Ice-Tossing Turbines: Myth or Hazard?

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?

Can Offshore Wind Turbines Succeed in the Great Lakes?

Can Offshore Wind Turbines Succeed in the Great Lakes? Ice jams and bird and bat deaths will determine the answer August 14, 2018 | Daniel McGraw | scientificamerican.com  Aside from a small pilot program along the coast of Finland, offshore wind turbines have not been placed in waters that freeze during winter. Moving ice can act … Continue reading Can Offshore Wind Turbines Succeed in the Great Lakes?

Oklahoma: Warning large chunks of ice being launched great distance.

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.

A Wind Turbine Flings 400 lb Chunk of Ice 1,000 Feet.

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.

 Ice buildup detection prevents the turbine from operating until the ice sheds.

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.

Researchers warn of ice-throw danger from wind turbines at Balsams

November 30, 2016 • New Hampshire Researchers warn of ice-throw danger from wind turbines at Balsams Researchers who worked near the 400-foot high wind turbines on peaks above the proposed Balsams ski area say there is reason to be worried about people getting too close: They saw chunks of ice being thrown and found ice … Continue reading Researchers warn of ice-throw danger from wind turbines at Balsams