Monday, April 1st 2019 | FOX66/NBC25 Newsroom | nbc25news.com OLIVER TOWNSHIP, Mich - The Huron County Sheriff says a wind turbine is on fire in Oliver Township on Elkton Road near Berne Road. Sheriff Kelly Hanson says firefighters are keeping people away from the turbine and are letting the fire burn itself out. The wind … Continue reading Monday, April 1st 2019 – Wind Turbine on fire in Huron County.
Danish Article: Ild i vindmølle og ejendom i Sørvad, by Frederikke Dammark, 1. jan 2019 Foto: Vagn Gejl Donskov January 2nd, 2019 | Jesper Berggreen | cleantechnica.com Since New Years Eve, it’s been quite windy in Denmark, and of the +6000 wind turbines in the country one of them apparently had to succumb to the pressure … Continue reading Vestas Turbine Catches Fire In Danish New Year Storm
ONYX InSight hosted its Third Annual Wind Turbine Technical Symposium in Golden Colorado, September 2018. 10th October 2018 | ONYX InSight US Wind Turbine Technical Symposium, InSight Analytics Limited Wind Turbine Fires: Findings from the 2018 US Wind Technical Symposium This year’s ONYX InSight US Wind Turbine Technical Symposium was a great success. The focus … Continue reading Wind Turbine Fires: Findings from the 2018 US Wind Technical Symposium
The fires in wind turbines not only lead to a loss of business continuity and a negative impact on the company’s reputation but also, most importantly, are a critical safety issue. Possibly harmful debris can be drifted by the wind in the event if a fire and there is also a significant risk to human lives. When turbines are under erection, commissioning maintenance and repair, escape routes for operators are often long and vertical. Three out of six incidents involve a human presence in the nacelle; hence, a fire becomes a safety concern
Possible ignition sources include lightning strikes, overheating, surface ignition, and electrical failure. Combustible materials inside a wind turbine include the composite materials of the blades, the interior surfaces and linings of a nacelle, and the main shaft of the turbine itself. Furthermore, there are flammable liquids in various parts of the nacelle, including the gear box, hydraulic system, oil pumps, mechanical brake, and generator.
Why wind turbine fires happen and what can be done to reduce the risk. November, 21 2015 | Robin Whitlock | Interesting Engineering According to an article published by Fire Safety Science, the peer-reviewed publication of the International Association of Fire Safety Science, one of the major challenges faced by the global wind energy industry is the tendency … Continue reading Windmill Aflame: Why Wind Turbine Fires Happen, How Often and What Can Be Done About it