Parts are flying off of wind turbines in Northern Norway – because they can’t withstand the winds – and the Norwegian Water and Energy Directorate (NVE) is threatening to shut down a wind farm, if the problem isn’t fixed by October 10.
At a Sortland, Norway wind farm, “Strong winds and falling ice have caused the cover, panels and other parts to fall to the ground,” Life in Norway reports. “Noor Nooraddin, the general manager of the wind farm, blamed high wind speeds, saying wind turbines struggle to withstand such conditions.”
"NVE has received information from Ånstadblåheia vindpark regarding falling objects. We have also received similar reports from the local community," Norwegian Water and Energy Directorate Section Head Anne-Johanne Kråkenes, told FOX Business.
NVE has given formal notice that it takes the problem seriously and will make good on its threat to close the wind farm, if the problem isn’t fixed by the October 10 deadline, Norway Today reports:
“The Directorate demands that the problems at the wind power plant be resolved by mid-October. Otherwise, the plant will be closed. Section manager Anne Johanne Kråkenes told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that the NVE takes the situation seriously.”
Twenty technicians are currently working to repair the damage and strengthen the wind turbines by the deadline. But, as Life in Norway notes:
“Many locals wouldn’t be disappointed to see its closure.”
Ironic wind turbine calamities in Scandinavia aren’t exclusive to Norway, however.
As CNSNews.com reported in July, a wind turbine in Sweden collapsed and citizens were warned to stay away, because it was leaking the very substance it was supposed to obsolete – oil – astonishing Swedish journalists.
“Depending on its size, a wind turbine gearbox needs an oil quantity between 200 (53 gallons) and 800 L (211 gallons), according to a peer-review article published by MDPI, titled “Monitoring the Oil of Wind-Turbine Gearboxes: Main Degradation Indicators and Detection Methods.”
Patricia Pitsel, Ph.D., Principal at Pitsel & Associates Ltd. estimates that the typical wind farm requires about 12,000 gallons of oil
Wind turbine accidents, like the one in Sweden on Saturday, are not uncommon, windAction reports:
“The Swedish incident comes after the collapse of a Nordex N149 in Germany in October 2021.
“Sweden is the home of some of the largest wind projects in Europe, many of them using the most powerful new turbines on the market.
“The country has seen several accidents at new projects, including the collapse of a Vestas V150 and a blade failure on a 5.3MW-158 GE Cypress.”