Another (blade) bites the dust- BigWind falls apart in Indiana

Wildcat farm, Indiana

Can you believe that schools place these on their properties? Imagine if there was significant wind when this occurred. How far can a blade sail? Actually, they have been recorded to fly thousands of feet….

A GE blade has failed at the 200MW Wildcat 1 wind farm in Indiana for the second time in two months.

Yesterday a blade broke off a 1.6MW turbine at the project, which is owned by Eon Climate and Renewables North America.

The US turbine manufacturer has initiated a root cause analysis of the event, GE spokesperson Lindsay Thiele told reNews.

“Early signs indicate that lightning was the cause from the severe storm that went through the area,” said Thiele.

There were no injuries or damage to other turbines or equipment. Wildcat 1 started commercial operation in winter 2012. It features 125 GE machines.

In February another turbine blade broke off at the project….

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