RAW: Wind Turbine Burns And Crashes…

Posted by on January 2, 2018 7:55 am
Categories: Column 3

Here’s the burn…




Now the crashes.  In France:


Wind is normally good news for wind turbines, but the recent high winds brought by Storm Carmen was too much for one 260-tonne machine in western France.

There is only so much wind a wind turbine can take it seems.

At least that was the case for one in the Vendée, western France where a 62-metre high turbine was blown over by in fierce winds on January 1st.

The 260 tonne turbine was toppled in a field near the town of Bouin, where it had stood firmly for 13 years and survived numerous other storms.

The other turbines on the wind farm survived Storm Carmen, and specialists believe a mini-tornado may have been responsible for blowing over the unlucky turbine.




And in Germany…

Turbine collapses in Germany image



Hat Tip: Fire Chief John



15 responses to RAW: Wind Turbine Burns And Crashes…

  1. nuthinmuffin January 8th, 2018 at 11:06 am

    these crash and burn with real regularity…when was the last time you heard of a fire at a power generating facility?


    • TheBigGuy January 8th, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      Coal-fired and Oil-fired generating plants have fire all the time. It’s what heats the water to generate steam for the big turbines. 🙂


  2. David January 8th, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Dreams of unrealistic hippies burning and crashing


  3. T. Le Grip January 8th, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Interesting looking at the smoke.
    There does not appear to be that much wind.
    Whatever went wrong it was not high wind that caused it.


  4. george Archers January 8th, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Big Turd/bines–in Canada Ontario hydro rates are the highest in all of north America. Coal fired plants were demolished and replaced wind solar and gas. And the Americans bought them.Stupid Ontarians.


  5. ~ Occams January 8th, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    More wreckage there than from a 767 on the lawn of the Pentagon……


  6. Ned January 8th, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    These are fiberglass and when the bearings get dry and hot…Proof! Now that’s a fire!


  7. john January 9th, 2018 at 5:16 am

    Thanks, Kane!

    Yesterday I had to travel out of state to do some electrical work. Along Rt3, Rt44,and I90 here in Ma are quite a few solar farms that were recently built. Last weeks snowstorm dumped 15 inches of snow in the region and blanketed hunderds of acres of solar panels. 5 days later, the panels remain covered and NOT working. (I was driving and couldn’t get pix). The developers got taxpayer money to build these, get priority on grid access and of course create jobs.

    My question is, why do they NOT maintain them? (Same for the wind turbines). What about all that lost generation and reliability?


    • Kane January 9th, 2018 at 5:40 am

      All very good points…thx for the links for this story.


  8. France: Watch a wind turbine catch fire and crash – IOTW Report January 9th, 2018 at 7:33 am

    […] The other turbines on the wind farm survived Storm Carmen, and specialists believe a mini-tornado may have been responsible for blowing over the unlucky turbine.  Video here […]


  9. Cate January 9th, 2018 at 10:20 am



  10. Anonymous January 9th, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    It’s okay they are renewable.

    US taxpayers will give money to GE to build more.


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