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12/30/08 I is for ICE THROW-- Video of iced turbine in the Town of Byron, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin and When Lightning Strikes Turbines, what can happen?


This video was sent to us by a resident of Byron in Fond du Lac County who lives inside of the wind farm there. He tells us he was out plowing his driveway when he saw a piece of ice the size of a bedsheet come from the turbine.

He got his video camera and sent us this. There’s no flying ice, but the turbine blades clearly have ice and snow on the blades- except for the one where the big chunk fell off.

ALSO! According to this landowner, ice isn't the only thing turbines can throw:

When Lightning Strikes Wind Turbines


With snow, ice and frigid weather, winter creates complications for renewable energy, as I wrote last week. But for Ralph Brokaw, a Wyoming rancher with both cows and wind turbines on his land, the worst hazard is not the ice that his blades can throw off in the winter.

Rather, it is lightning strikes on the towers, which usually occur in summer when there are more storms.

The effect is spectacular — and scary. “It will explode those blades, and they’ll throw chunks of blade several hundred feet,” Mr. Brokaw, a member of his local fire department, told me over the telephone.

As the chunks fall, the firefighters douse them with water. Otherwise, “There’s really not much you can do with a turbine that’s 200 foot tall and on fire,” he said.

Mr. Brokaw said that in the past five years he has been called to help put out two or three turbine fires. He said that “there’s oil and gearboxes and a tremendous amount of wiring” in the generator — so even though the turbines are very well-grounded, they can sometimes light up.

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