Wind Power Fail: Silly Saturday

Thought y’all might like to watch an Al Gore Fail over your Saturday morning coffee.  Betcha those flames contributed to global warming.  The smoke spirals are kinda cool, though….

Seems this is a common problem, when high wind speeds cause the blades to spin faster than their design limit.  The bearings overheat, and POOF.

Next week:  Amusing Smart Car Fails!

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5 Responses to Wind Power Fail: Silly Saturday

  1. tiretramp says:

    Just saying, wonder if 20 million of the taxpayer dollars will cover this? Auto Fire Extinguishers, would that be asking to much as this is not abnormal occurrences.

    • Popular Front says:

      Aero engines have had onboard fire extinguishers since the 1930s and proven to work – but not always. I hate these poxy windfarms but if we must suffer them at least build in some sort of safety capability. Youtube is full of vids of burning windmills from all over the world.

  2. whitetop says:

    First wind turbines mounted on lattice towers, rather than the tube support towers, Ive seen. It is amazing how many turbines are idle when one drives through the many wind farms in TX. These have become tremendous eye-sores on the landscape but we are suppose to put up with it. When the upkeep of these turbines becomes greater than the value of electricity produced they will be abandoned in place and the land owners will be stuck. The companies that own and operate these wind farms should be required to put up a bond to remove the turbines. It should not be left to the taxpayers to foot the bill of abandonment.

    • SafeSpace says:

      whitetop: The bond is a great idea … just like loser pays in tort suits. Vested interests will see to it that neither concept comes to pass in our lifetime.

  3. captbogus2 says:

    Yeah the blades are variable pitch and are supposed to adjust so they turn at the same rpm whether the wind is 20 mph or 60 mph. I think they might have a glitch in the computer that controls the pitch.
    But I’m no computer type.