Winds blow blades off wind turbines

“Breakneck” wind speeds broke the blades off several wind turbines in Yorkshire last week. Small scale turbine maker Evoco Energy this week announced the turbine faults took place during record-breaking […]

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By Vicky Ellis

“Breakneck” wind speeds broke the blades off several wind turbines in Yorkshire last week. Small scale turbine maker Evoco Energy this week announced the turbine faults took place during record-breaking high winds of 111 miles per hour.

The Yorkshire firm which specialises in turbines designed to cope with high winds said it had asked all of its customers to temporarily apply the brakes to their turbines after strong winds were forecast.

Despite this blades were still blown off at turbines on three farms in Huddersfield. It is now looking at why some of its customers’ turbines were spinning in high winds, despite the brakes being applied.

Evoco said in a statement: “No one was hurt in the incidents, which are being investigated thoroughly. As a responsible operator, we have taken the precaution of keeping our turbine fleet on brake until the modifications are performed. We are compensating our customers for any loss of income.”