Sunday, April 01, 2012

Wind Turbines a Fire Danger to Wildlands, Forests

A recent wind turbine fire in Germany exposes the risk of constructing wind farms in drylands and wild lands subject to wildfire. The image below of a turbine explosion and fire in Scotland, illustrates the danger.
And now we learn that such fires are not considered uncommon by insurers:
You do get fires occasionally and it comes with the territory,” McLachlan said by phone. The turbine may take at least a year to replace, he said.

...With many potential causes, “we can’t start any investigation until we have a chance to look at the turbine and in order to do that we have to get to the nacelle,” Andrew Hilton, a spokesman for the company, said of the casing on the tower that houses the turbine’s power-generating components.

The company will survey the damage more intensely tomorrow, Hilton said by phone from Aarhus. The site is in the countryside, not in a residential area, he said.

A fire at such a machine could lead to a potential loss of 300,000 euros to 400,000 euros ($400,000 to $533,000) per year, according to Fraser McLachlan, chief executive officer of GCube Underwriting Ltd., an insurer of renewable energy projects. _Bloomberg
As more people discover the cluster-foque nature of wind farms -- from the outlandish costs of service and maintenance, to the inherent unreliability and risk to the power grid, to the human illness caused by proximity to the turbines, etc. etc. etc. -- public support for these monstrous monuments to the green dieoff religion should subside.

As public opposition to these counter-productive boondoggles grows, a bit of energy reality should eventually be enforced -- even in lands such as Germany, where sun and wind faeries are worshiped in all government buildings.



Blogger Mike Barnard said...

Wind turbines have about a 0.001% chance of catching fire. There are 165,000 working wind turbines in the world and the over-inflated numbers (including telephone poles and electrical panels) at Caithness show 185 wind farm fire incidents worldwide over the past several decades.

Wind turbines aren't a fire threat and you have to be stretching to say so.

12:51 PM  
Blogger al fin said...

Historical statistics no longer signify in this new age of politically mandated big wind.

The machines now are much larger, with significantly greater stresses, and higher chances for catastrophic failure from the slightest malfunction.

Insurers are quite aware of the danger to individual machines, and it is time for the public to become aware of the danger to wildlands, as huge new windfarms are built into vulnerable areas.

We need to revisit this issue in 20 years, by which time you may be ready to begin to understand the magnitude of the problem. Assuming humanity has not already abandoned big wind as a horrendously bad bet by then.

2:51 PM  

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