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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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





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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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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According to a new research report by market research and strategy consulting firm, Global Market Insights Inc., the offshore wind energy market size will exceed USD $60 billion by 2024. The global offshore wind energy market has been set ablaze with a number of projects that have recently commenced power production. For instance, following the installation of its first 7-MW turbines, Scotland’s biggest offshore wind farm has sent power for the first time to the National Grid.


Offshore wind market expected to exceed $60 billion by 2024

Now that is some failure. LOL
 
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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.
It is not plastic
Plastic is not known to be physically rigid, strong. I have seen children bend straws.
Fiberglass is nothing like plastic.
Carbon fiber is nothing like plastic.
The force applied across a wind turbine blade that is spinning at over a 100 mph at it's tip, much less at it's center? That is great question. How much force is being applied? How does it vary across the length of the blade? How much torque is felt at the tip? In a 20 mph wind? How does that tip buffet, vibrate? Load and unload as the wind varies erratically? That is over a hour of google searching for that answer. But the simple logic would dictate stress fractures, fatigue cracks. Lets add freezing and heating?
 
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According to a new research report by market research and strategy consulting firm, Global Market Insights Inc., the offshore wind energy market size will exceed USD $60 billion by 2024. The global offshore wind energy market has been set ablaze with a number of projects that have recently commenced power production. For instance, following the installation of its first 7-MW turbines, Scotland’s biggest offshore wind farm has sent power for the first time to the National Grid.


Offshore wind market expected to exceed $60 billion by 2024

Now that is some failure. LOL
According to CERES, the wind energy mouth piece for investing, Offshore wind is going to cost somebody over $25 trillion. Any idea who pays for that Old Crock!
 

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Looks to me like big fossil fuel shenanigans.
Transmission is latest front in fossil fuels v. renewables battle

The global offshore wind energy pipeline has grown by 10% in the past year to over 104 gigawatts (GW) according to new data published by RenewableUK, which also showed that the United Kingdom remains the largest offshore wind market in the world with a portfolio of 35.2 GW.

UK Leads Offshore Wind Rankings As Global Pipeline Increases 10% In 2018, Reports RenewableUK | CleanTechnica
 
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Looks to me like big fossil fuel shenanigans.
Transmission is latest front in fossil fuels v. renewables battle

The global offshore wind energy pipeline has grown by 10% in the past year to over 104 gigawatts (GW) according to new data published by RenewableUK, which also showed that the United Kingdom remains the largest offshore wind market in the world with a portfolio of 35.2 GW.

UK Leads Offshore Wind Rankings As Global Pipeline Increases 10% In 2018, Reports RenewableUK | CleanTechnica
 
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Looks to me like big fossil fuel shenanigans.
Transmission is latest front in fossil fuels v. renewables battle

The global offshore wind energy pipeline has grown by 10% in the past year to over 104 gigawatts (GW) according to new data published by RenewableUK, which also showed that the United Kingdom remains the largest offshore wind market in the world with a portfolio of 35.2 GW.

UK Leads Offshore Wind Rankings As Global Pipeline Increases 10% In 2018, Reports RenewableUK | CleanTechnica
yes, the UK leads the world in offshore wind turbine failures. It is hard to get a solid number of the failures. It appears that many people stand to lose billions of dollars if the truth gets out so the failure rate is being kept in secret. It is reported that as much as 89% of the turbines are failing.

This is a huge technical blow to Wind Power.

Thank you for bringing this attention to the the largest wind farm in the World.
 

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Ice is not a windmill's friend.

Flying blades kill.

Fortunately there isn't any ice anymore due to Pope Algore's fervent prayers against warming having succeeded so wildly.

Right?
 
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I wonder how many wind and solar farms could have been built with all the hundreds of billions spent in cost and clean-up of nuclear power.
Why wonder? Do the math! Lets say you could build 10,000 wind turbines and another 100 square miles of solar panels. Big deal, they still can not provide the power of one single nuclear power plant yet you have used more than 10,000 times as much natural resources creating millions of tons of CO2 for a very tiny amount of electricity.

Wind and Solar will be the largest users of Coal and Oil as long as we build them.
 

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Looks to me like big fossil fuel shenanigans.
Transmission is latest front in fossil fuels v. renewables battle

The global offshore wind energy pipeline has grown by 10% in the past year to over 104 gigawatts (GW) according to new data published by RenewableUK, which also showed that the United Kingdom remains the largest offshore wind market in the world with a portfolio of 35.2 GW.

UK Leads Offshore Wind Rankings As Global Pipeline Increases 10% In 2018, Reports RenewableUK | CleanTechnica
yes, the UK leads the world in offshore wind turbine failures. It is hard to get a solid number of the failures. It appears that many people stand to lose billions of dollars if the truth gets out so the failure rate is being kept in secret. It is reported that as much as 89% of the turbines are failing.

This is a huge technical blow to Wind Power.

Thank you for bringing this attention to the the largest wind farm in the World.
Flying over the English Channel, one looks down at wind farms, stretching from the Belgian coast to Dover. It resembles a graveyard.
 

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Interesting, how the overwhelming free market success of wind energy has upset so many people. Most wind-power-haters would appear to be crony socialists.

Of course, out of sheer desperation, they'll fake stories about how the success is really all due to government subsidies. The free market pays no attention to those fables, and just keeps making big money with wind power.
 

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