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? 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?
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.