Enercon wind turbine collapses in Nova Scotia

some other turbine collapse… another totally isolated incident

But don’t worry, it’s an “isolated” incident.
Or a “that’s-not-supposed-ta-happen” incident.
And strangely I can can’t find one single photo of this collapsed wind turbine online. You’d think that someone would have snapped a pic of this ‘first in Canada’… unless the company is keeping it especially quiet, and the media hasn’t bothered to go all the way ‘out there’ to the, you know, countryside.

Windpower Monthly, David Weston
CANADA: Enercon has dispatched a team to investigate an incident at the 23.4MW Point Tupper project in Nova Scotia, where a turbine has reportedly collapsed.

In a release on Canadian news wire CNW Telbec, Enercon said the incident occurred on 17 August during a “scheduled component exchange”.

“An incident triggered the Enecron evacuation protocol. The technician on site diligently followed such protocol and safely evacuated the turbine and the surroundings in time to avoid any injuries prior to the turbine’s collapse. Only property damage has been reported,” the release said.

Enercon described the incident as ‘isolated’ saying it is the first time such an event has happened to one of its 1,000 turbine installed in Canada.

“This incident did not occur during regular operations and is undoubtedly an isolated one,” Enercon said in the statement. The affected turbine has been disconnected, but the site’s remaining machines are continuing with operation. Read article

Enercon has launched an investigation into the collapse of a turbine at the 23.3MW Point Tupper wind farm located close to Port Hawkesbury in Nova Scotia, Canada. The German turbine manufacturer said the incident, which occurred during a component exchange last Wednesday, triggered an evacuation alarm before the turbine collapsed and that nobody was injured.

The wind farm was developed by a joint venture between Canada’s Renewable Energy Services, which is the controlling shareholder, and Nova Scotia Power. It uses Enercon E-82 and Enercon E-48 turbines, although Enercon did not specify which model was involved in the collapse.

“With close to 1000 wind turbines installed in Canada over the course of the last 15 years, this is the first time that such an event has occurred,” Enercon said in a statement. Read article

18 thoughts on “Enercon wind turbine collapses in Nova Scotia

  1. Hot dog!!!! That baby folded up like cheap card table!!! Wonder what caused that!!! Too much wind!!! Wowsers that looks super dangerous. … who’s responsible when a farmer gets taken out by one of them!!???

      • Went through the contract and nothing there about being mortally wounded by one of these bad boys…. oh well….. buyer beware….

      • If affected people don’t do their own vibration measurements and water testing, they may well end up in the same position they are in with the “noise” problems.

        Towns that have signed vibrancy agreements may not be able to do or pay for the above measures?

    • As far as I know, aircraft can develop fine cracks which are located by using x-rays. Cracks not visible to the naked-eye.

      “Metal fatigue” can be a topic to expand knowledge base?

  2. As if wind turbine profiteers paid
    expensive lawyers & other contractors
    to swindle persons out of their rights!

    Let’s hope they did NOT evade taxes, too!

    • Evading taxes is illegal but avoiding taxes is not.

      Certified home inspections could be done to determine if foundations have settled or have any cracks in them and accompanied with photos prior to IWT construction.

      Rural people can sit around and do nothing or they can take steps to try to protect themselves.

      • Turbidity, mineral types and content can be checked in well water. Sometimes small particles can’t be seen by just looking at water.

      • Hi Barbara. I’ve been thinking about this issue & wonder how or who does a person contact, to have all the necessary testing done , prior to the IWTs firing up in our area. I know it’s crucial for future protection from damages caused by these useless things. Can you advise me & others where to start, who to contact? The Turbines are now up in my area so time is running out. Thanks Barbara, for all you do, the info you share.
        Your friend Douglas Moran.

      • There are two labs in Canada recognized by Ontario for pathogen testing. Might get sediment load as well.

        A chemical analyses of water might have to be done by another kind of Lab. If something gets into the water, then this might be traceable as to the origin. Including turbidity.

        Vibration measurements are associated with the mining industry.

        Certified home inspections are often done before a mortgage is granted.

        Assemble a profile of your water.

      • Look up:

        Water Quality Testing Services – private companies

        Vibration Testing Services – private companies.

        Certified labs would be needed.

  3. Annie scares me!!!! Keep it in the ground!!!! No let’s dump 400 tonnes of concrete in the ground then put up a monstrous inefficient negative carbon footprint industrial wind turbine that requires the government to subsidize and financially break the back of families and businesses to the point that the must become hydro refugees in their own country ……

  4. Saw this First hand! Insane wreckage!
    Thankfully Enercon has incredible Safety protocols and no one was hurt.

    OVERSPEED!!!!! I wonder what component they changed and what caused the overspeed…. was there an explosion or fire in the component before she toppled over! We may never know!

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