Fire hits Ransonmoor wind turbine: machine destroyed

Image credit: BBC

The report says ‘local media reports suggested the turbine was struck by lightning’. A case of nature’s electricity killing man’s electricity?

A Gamesa G80 wind turbine has caught fire at the 10MW Ransonmoor wind farm in Cambridgeshire in eastern England, reports RE News.

The incident occurred in the early hours of 30 May, with firefighters called to the scene at 7.50am.

Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service said crews arrived to find the 89-metre turbine “well alight, with debris falling to the ground”.

It added: “The crews remained on standby while the fire was left to burn out. No firefighting action was required.”

The cause of the fire is still unknown but local media reports suggested the turbine was struck by lightning.

A Siemens Gamesa spokesman said “Siemens Gamesa is aware of an incident at the Ransonmoor wind farm in Cambridgeshire.

“The incident is ongoing at present and it is inappropriate to comment until further details have been established.”

Full report here.

BBC News has video clip here (may be UK access only).

Cambs Times: Youtube video here.

via Tallbloke’s Talkshop

May 31, 2018 at 08:52AM

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