Yet another wind turbine catastrophic failure: Germany this time – Video

Posted: January 11, 2015 by tallbloke in Accountability, Energy, Idiots, Incompetence, weather, wind
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Caught on video, the total collapse of yet another wind turbine. The original facebook video is here. I have saved a copy.


Pierre Gosselin had the story over at No Tricks Zone, but removed it after a commenter claimed the turbine wasn’t blown down. I suspect the heavy winds caused an initial tilt which stabilised for a while, but the out of balance stress eventually caused the catastrophic failure.

  1. Kon Dealer says:


    Apart from the fact that we are all paying though the nose for these monstrosities.

  2. colliemum says:

    I love it how the Germans videoing this are laughing their heads off!

  3. oldbrew says:

    The Germans might have laughed less if the turbine had fallen across the road potentially landing on the traffic.

  4. tallbloke says:

    From Pierre Gosselin’s removed post (a comment claimed it was a controlled demolition)

    Browse: Home / 2015 / January / 11 / How Stormy Was It In Germany? Caught On Camera…Wind Turbine Blows Over!
    How Stormy Was It In Germany? Caught On Camera…Wind Turbine Blows Over!
    By P Gosselin on 11. January 2015
    How stormy has it been in Germany over the last couple of days? Stormy enough to knock over at least one wind turbine.

    Silke Dill posted the following video Friday at her Facebook site showing a wind turbine tipping.

    Man: It’s falling.
    Woman: Really…huh! Indeed…huh! Oh my God! Oh my God! … Boy! … Oh crass!
    Man: Cool!

  5. A once saw a movie based on the idea that a passenger was a safety analyst who had worked out how long a certain type of plain could fly. He had got them all changed, only to find himself flying on a plain that was the same type but had been missed and was well overdue to fall apart in the sky.

    I would not be at all surprised if windmills all start to catastrophically fail at some point.

  6. diogenese2 says:

    Scottish Sceptic: So did I. “No Highway in the Sky” (1951). James Stewart was the boffin. The plane was saved when, not being believed, he raised the undercarriage whilst the plane was parked.
    It was based on a Neville Shute novel and featured the metal fatigue that brought down a Comet – three years after the film was made!

  7. Larry Ledwick says:

    Link is broken for me perhaps it got deleted.

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  8. hunter says:

    Shut them down, tear them down, indict the promoters.

  9. Richard111 says:

    Yup, NoTricksZone is okay but the wind turbine report ain’t there.

  10. EnergyDave says:

    Ahhhh…. It was only a baby one!

  11. graphicconception says:

    “… but removed it after a commenter claimed the turbine wasn’t blown down.”

    Well if it wasn’t blown down that’s alright then.

  12. tallbloke says:

    GC: Exactly my reaction. It’s pretty obvious it wasn’t a controlled demolition. I think the heavy wind the previous night left it tilted, and then bolts failed sometime later as it was filmed.

  13. tgmccoy says:

    Our own wind farm in the Grande Ronde valley of NE Oregon sits in an are prone to ice and high winds. most are nearing 10 years old. One good ice storm and wind or what the locals call
    “An Eastern Oregon Stockshow hen drowner.” -usually early June- will finish them off…

  14. ivan says:

    This just asks for an XKCD comment also read the mouseover comment.

  15. Zeke says:

    As a UKIP candidate, I hope tallbloke will endorse wind turbines in a horizontal position, for the following reasons:

    Horizontally adjoined, the wind turbines would form a pipeline of some length. Of course, this would not possibly rival Russia’s extensive gas pipelines, on which Europe is dependent for its supply of gas, but at least a decent showing could be made.

    I notice the worthless wind turbines are shaped so that the base is large and the tip is smaller. Even the ancient Indians in the Harappan civilization used this design for pipes in walls or under streets. Surely such an advanced country as GB can find a way these can be fitted end-to-end.

    Good luck! (:

  16. colliemum says:

    @ Zeke:
    That’s the best proposal for those things I’ve heard in a long time, and I hope Rog will actively campaign for it.

    Also: Kudos for making me grin first thing in the morning!

  17. Zeke says:

    Good colliemum. You see the glass really is half full! (:

    Here’s a little something extra. Nigel Farage on the construction by China of a nuclear power plant at Hinkley:

    “I am not concerned about Chinese money coming into this country – I welcome it. But what I think is bonkers is that we’ve gone for this plant at Hinkley, and we’ve guaranteed the Chinese investors a “strike price” as its called, over the course of the next 35 years, which is exactly double what the current cost of electricity is. It’s a dam*ed good deal for China, but I think it’s a rotten deal for the British tax payer. But it’s based on the idea I mentioned earlier on this show – they assume that energy prices will go up, and I think actually, if we get frakking, and start to use a lot more genuine new technology, the price can come down.”

  18. oldbrew says:

    Chunk of wind turbine falls off by the roadside in the Scottish Borders – wind farm shut down.

    Paul Homewood comments: ‘How long will it be before somebody is killed?’