September 21, 2020

Wind Turbines and Fires

Wind turbines, like many other big machines, rarely but occasionally catch fire. In 2018 there were some 2200 wind turbines in Australia; there had been a total of three wind turbine fires reported in the press, the most recent in 2010. Wind turbine fires are very conspicuous and it is highly unlikely that there would have been any that did not receive extensive press coverage and extensive coverage from the opponents of wind power. Fires started by agricultural machinery are incomparably more common.

In July 2014 much publicity was given to a report titled ‘Overview of Problems and Solutions in Fire Protection Engineering of Wind Turbines’ which made the (unjustified) claim that turbine fires might be up to ten times as common as had been reported.

 

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