Skip to comments.Captured on video: The moment a wind turbine exploded in gales
Posted on 02/25/2008 6:12:29 AM PST by Uncledave
Follow link to see old NEG-Micon machine going kablooie.
When winds get too strong, modern machines' blades pitch out of the wind, and the rotor is braked. (The old one in the video should have been braked as well - unclear why that failed).
I respect that many here oppose wind energy, but safety concerns isn't a strong argument for that case. Let's all please recognize that accidents can and do happen in any area of the energy industry.
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Well here in California the environmentalist are against them because they kill birds. There is no solution that will ever please the leftist. They are all about problems not solutions.
No one here “opposes” wind energy. You’re thinking of Eddie Kennedy.
I support wind energy, but I oppose government distortions of the market that encourage its use. I am under no illusions that it could possibly replace fossil fuels or nuclear power as a viable way to run an industrialized economy. However, it has its uses in remote locations where power transmission is impractical, and as a backup power source when the grid fails.
That left a mark.....
Pretty dramatic but as these things are not usually in any populated area I don’t see it a particularly dangerous either.
I saw on a Discovery channel program about a month ago that they are developing ones that look like a DNA string that is supposed to be able to handle any wind.
Well designed wind turbines are supposed to lock off at anything above 35 knots - this one obviously did not!
What an asinine statement. I don't know of anyone here who "opposes wind energy".
Lots of us oppose the completely artificial support it gets or wants to get from the taxpayer.
Lots of us think it's not capable of producing mainstream quantities of juice.
Does that make us "opponents" ??
More birds are born than there is food for. If a bird runs into an object and dies (like the two who smashed into the side of my little house last year) than other birds will live because the competition for food was eliminated. Leftists amazingly see Darwinism in everything, without understanding the facts of nature his theory sites.
Put me on your list, please sir.
With anything humans make there will be mechanical failures.
Thanks Uncledave. I posted this thread and the link on the Michigan (FR) board today after hearing our governor Jenny Grandtheft talk up wind turbines this morning on WJR with Paul W. Smith (the guy who occasionally fill in for Rush). Per usual he was going right along with her. I figure next she’ll be calling for a new department in the state, a Department of Candles. /sarcasm
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Didn’t a recent episode of “House, MD” start this way?
We had a entire industry that ran on free, no polluting, wind power. Sailing ships. The got replaced because an entire look at the efficiencies and costs proved they were more expensive and less efficient. Same with power generation.
I meant “oppose wind energy in its current support regime”.
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