Offshore wind alarming failures

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    As if the annual 10% decline in electrical output of offshore wind turbines is not bad enough the failure rate is beyond alarming. It has been kept very quiet, but industry insiders are being warned to divest of all things Wind Turbine related.

    It is very much sounding like a simple technology failure. Wind Turbines are not suitable for the harsh conditions that is the extreme weather of our oceans.

    You better believe investors are not going to be looking to do lose money in this market. This may be a problem for thousands of Wind Turbines!

    Type Failure or Wear and Tear in European Offshore Wind? - The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)

    There is a lot more at stake here than the allocation of a painful repair bill. If this is a type failure affecting the SWT 3.6 MW device only, then it is a very expensively learned lesson, bad news for Siemens, perhaps hitherto regarded as the premier manufacturer of wind turbines, and unlikely to be forgiven by investors, but of only indirect significance for the wider industry.

    But if the need for these repairs is, as Siemens is apparently contending, just every day wear and tear, then this sort of problem is unlikely to be confined to the SWT 3.6 MW device, and will be strong evidence confirming long-held suspicions that developers and owners have greatly underestimated the normal cost of wind farm Operation and Maintenance (O&M).
     
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    It seems that is was a foolish venture, why is this problem not being widely reported. Is it that the government makes too much money. The politicians get paid off by giving speeches? The investors are giving to the politicians political campaigns? Hence everybody is quiet as the steal our tax dollars for these failed monstrosities.

    WindAction | Siemens sets billions: Ørsted must repair hundreds of turbines
     
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    Yeah, I think that if we were able to look at the politicians and bureaucrats pushing these things there would be some pretty significant kickback activity.
     
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    The payoff comes after they leave office

    Obama ‘travels with gas-guzzling 14 car escort to give £2.5million climate change talk’
    The former President – who reportedly pocketed £2.5million ($3.2 million) for the one and a half hour speech –
     
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    Redistribution of wealth.
     
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    What does Obama have to say to Europeans that is worth 3.2 million? Is t that as much in he made at eight years as,president?
     
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    Obama made over $40 million in that 8 years.
     
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    I don't understand how something that sturdy, made of basically plastic (fiber-reinforced epoxy or unsaturated polyester) could wear out so fast, given that plastic takes forever to decompose in the form of plastic bags and straws in the oceans.

    WindAction | Siemens sets billions: Ørsted must repair hundreds of turbines
    "It can of course be unpleasant for them when the manufacturers' guarantees expire," he says.

    Ørsted's problems mean that almost 300 blades at the record-size Anholt offshore wind facility will have to be removed, shipped to shore and transported to Siemens Gamesa's factory in Aalborg. This is only after a few years of operation.

    There they will be repaired and fitted with a rubber strip on the front so they can better withstand the tough weather. At the same time, the blades will be fitted with a smal modification to make them more effective.

    However, it is far from just the Anholt Park that is affected. The blades at several British Ørsted parks must also require repair after just a few years on the water.

    The total bill is uncertain, but according to Finans's information, the manufacturer's warranty typically covers the first five years. However, there has been disagreement between Ørsted and Siemens Gamesa as to whether the problems are covered by the guarantee or whether they fall into the category of ordinary wear and tear.
     
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    Meanwhile rubes bleat for more of this hucksterism.....Trouble in River City my friends
     

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