Energy Editor, 5th August 2014
Fire is the second main cause of accidents in wind turbines, after blade failure, according to research at Edinburgh University, Imperial College and Sweden’s SP Technical Research Institute.
Moreover, the findings suggest that incidents of wind turbines catching fire are a problem that is not currently being fully reported.
The inter-institution team carried out a global assessment of the world’s turbine population – around 200,000 machines.
Comparing the only data available, the team estimate that ten times more fires are happening than are being reported.
Instead of an average of 11.7 fires each year, which is what is reported publicly, the researchers estimate that more than 117 separate fires are breaking out in turbines worldwide annually.
COVER-UP??? - $4-million turbine fire at Kibby Mountain puts wind energy under new scrutiny by state (BDN)
The truth is finally getting out about all things wind. Maine was sold a bill of goods and is jeopardizing its core essence for virtually no benefit. Nary a wind industry claim is not grossly overstated. As wind industry consultant Justin Rolfe-Redding stated at a renewable energy webinar two years ago, “The things people are educated about are a real deficit for us.”
Is not reporting a major multi-million dollar industrial fire any different than sending a person out in the morning to pick up dead birds beneath the massive rotors' kill-zone? What else is there that a top to bottom investigation would reveal?
Question to us all:
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