Aberdeenshire wind Turbine Collapses in 70mph Wind

Posted: April 19, 2013 by tallbloke in Energy, Incompetence, weather, wind

So it wasn’t just my greenhouse which got destroyed in the gales on earlier this week. This from the Industrial Wind Action Group:

NowindWind turbine collapses after bring battered by 70mph gales at farm
A 90ft turbine in Aberdeenshire has fallen after being battered by 70mph gales.
“It’s worrying because there are so many turbines in this area. If someone had been walking by when this came down it could have been very serious.”
April 18, 2013 in STV News
A 90ft turbine in Aberdeenshire has fallen after being battered by 70mph gales.The turbine is one of two belonging to Jim Anderson at his Ardiffery Mains home in Hatton.Following a night of gales Mr Anderson woke to find his turbine felled and the three blades scattered across the field. He used a tractor with a digger to gather them on Wednesday.

Mr Anderson has just had a successful bid to have three more turbines erected despite concerns that the masts could interfere with flights at Aberdeen Airport and concerns from local residents.

One neighbour, Willie Mitchell said: ‘It just goes to show… [continue via Web link]


It appears that the STV news story has been pulled from their site. I wonder why…

UPDATE: Bernd Felsche has found a working version here

  1. grumpydenier says:

    1 down, several thousand to go.

  2. Off the top of my head (vague memory of British Standard in the 1980’s), any engineered structure in that area has to withstand gusts of more than 55 m/s; which is a shirtload more than 70 mph. Looks like another erectile dysfunction.

    The STV link is 404. Try the Scotsman instead.

  3. Craig M says:

    Apparently this is ‘rare’ but everytime we get severe gales down these monsters come.

  4. Joe Lalonde says:


    They have forgotten to calculate the friction buildup of the areas of circumference as ONLY the tip harnesses the energy on a circumference plane of differing velocities on the turbine blades.
    Circle inside a circle inside a circle….on a rotating axis.

  5. Kon Dealer says:

    It is an ill wind that blows no good:-)

  6. oldbrew says:

    Maybe they didn’t use enough energy-intensive concrete and steel there.

    ‘A NEW political party established to oppose the building of wind farms in Scotland has been launched’

  7. Hilda says:

    Reason article has been removed from STV and various other official sites is because the story is false and they now probably risk getting sued by the owner or C&F energy. C&F have released a statement. anyone know where i can find it? Will the press be making an apology i wonders!

    [Reply] I see you have commented on the Scotsman article under a slightly different name. In that comment you state: “this windturbine did not blow down. it was lowed by c&f on wednesday morning. take look at pictures and you see the green jacks.” – Where are “the pictures”?

  8. Hilda says:

    the pictures where in page 3 of the press and journal on wednesday and on various web sites relating to the same story. I have just had a look for but most sites have removed the story and pictures but this one is still up http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/news/4894166/90ft-turbine-is-gone-with-the-wind.html
    I have a personal interest in this story because I watched C&F lower the turbine and find it shocking to read how the press can publish such blatent lies

  9. tallbloke says:

    OK Hilda, now I’m intrigued. Please can you describe how the turbine was lowered using the green jacks we can see in the image.

  10. Hilda says:

    They use a 4×4 lorry to lift the jacks into position to lower the turbine then remove jacks when they have finished. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_aquyhxRrY shows a similar turbine

  11. brothersmartmouth says:

    Green jacks took it down like green jobs put it up.

  12. tallbloke says:

    Maybe it was blade failure followed by lowering for repairs?

    Another blade failure here: