Lightning bolts love wind turbines a little too much

Arstechnica,  by Scott K. Johnson
The engineers and operators who run wind turbines are acutely aware that one can easily have too much of a good thing. Windy days mean lots of generation, but the turbines can be severely damaged if the wind velocity is too great, so they must be carefully managed. That’s not the only thing a wind turbine has to look out for, though. Being such tall objects, they stick their heads high above their surroundings, and in doing so they are likely targets for lightning strikes. Most of the time, that electrical energy is safely carried to the ground with the turbine no worse for the experience, but certain types of powerful lightning strikes can result in costly damage.

In fact, wind turbines seem to attract more than their fair share of lightning damage as compared to buildings and towers of a similar height. This has prompted research into why that might be and how turbines could be better protected. The distinguishing characteristic of a wind turbine as compared to, say, a cellular tower is obviously the giant, whirling blades. So what are the blades doing? Read article

3 thoughts on “Lightning bolts love wind turbines a little too much

  1. Since we are not having a hard time stopping these and no say on stopping these damn things can we not start pushing these companies to at least start protecting these wind machines from these fires and potential destruction?
    Fire suppression???

  2. This is the kind of safety information that developers can conceal from the public. These IWTs can explode and send flying debris quite a distance.

    Southwestern Ontario is one of the lightning capitals of the world and Environment Canada has this information on its website.

    Branch lightning can also strike nearby objects at quite a distance from the IWTs.

    • Let’s pray BIG that lightning strikes each one of these income generating for multinational private for profit corporations.

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