Britain 3421 Wind Turbines Installed, 1500 Accidents In 5 Years
Chris Huhne and the renewables industry have long been playing the nothing to see here game whenever there is a wind turbine collapse, fire or accident.
By their own admission the renewables industry is very cagey about the sacred bird chopper, the recent disintegration of a wind turbine in a mere 50 mph wind earlier this month highlighted the problem that these useless blots on the landscape have, their gearboxes and lubricant are not fit for purpose.
One nation, the Dutch who really know about windmills have abandoned wind power for all the usual reasons expense and reliability, yet in Britain the madness of Chris Huhne continues unabated with plans for 30,000 additional bird choppers costing £2 million each, a total cost of £60,000,000,000 that will require 100% backup from existing power stations using fossil fuels.
£60 billion for something that works at just 25% efficiency, it gets worse 44% of bird choppers have been involved in accidents or incidents in just 5 years:
The figures – released by RenewableUK, the industry’s trade body – include four deaths and a further 300 injuries to workers.
The scale of incidents – equivalent to almost one a day – emerges following the publication of dramatic photographs showing one turbine which had crashed to the ground in a field near a road and another exploding into flames, caused by 150mph winds which buffeted Scotland and northern England last week.
Charles Anglin, RenewableUK’s director of communications, stressed that last week’s incidents were caused by “freak weather”. The organisation said that no member of the public had ever been hurt as a result of a wind turbine accident.
Isn’t Global Warming supposed to cause more frequent “freak weather“?
Which beggars the question why do the Green ecomentalist lobby push so hard for renewables like wind power, when by their own belief system freak weather events are going to become more frequent?
Something here does not add up, much like to trying to run a wind farm as a viable commercial entity that does not require the crony capitalism that is central to the Global Warming Scam.
A dossier of incidents, compiled by a campaign group opposed to wind farms, includes cases where blades, each weighing as much as 14 tonnes, have sheared off and crashed to the ground.
Residents living near a wind farm have reported sheltering in their homes when lumps of ice were thrown from blades from a 410-ft high turbine near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
One manufacturer of wind turbines admitted one of its models had a defect – understood to be caused by a faulty braking system that meant the blades could fly off – that led to hundreds of turbines being ordered to be shut down in September by the Health and Safety Executive.
The company, Proven Energy Ltd, based in Scotland, went into receivership shortly after.
Gearboxes that aren’t up to the job, no suitable lubricant and now turbine blades that fly off, imagine the outcry from Greenpeace, WWF, FoE et al if there were problems like this with an oil rig or shale gas drilling rig.
Banshees in agony wouldn’t even be close, the righteous indignation of the Watermelon ecomentalists would kick Chris Huhne into immediate knee jerk reaction, but as it’s a Green Climate Religion symbol involved turn a blind eye as usual.
In September a blade flew off a wind turbine on the roof of a new car park at Lister hospital in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, hitting a staff member’s car.
Last year a 140-turbine wind farm near Glasgow was temporarily shut down after a 14-tonne fibreglass blade broke off in windy conditions and landed at the base of its tower.
Two years ago, a 50ft turbine collapsed in the playground of a school on the Island of Raasay off the coast of Scotland, and in the same year a blade on a 190 ft wind turbine in Rotherham owned by Sheffield University broke in strong winds, prompting an investigation by its manufacturers.
Posted on December 14, 2011, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church Of Climatology, Climate Change, Climategate, Green Lies, Green Taxation, Renewables and tagged Wind Turbine. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.