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Wind turbine failure at Western Reserve High School under investigation



Published: Mon, April 11, 2011 @ 11:00 a.m.

BERLIN CENTER — Officials will inspect a fallen wind turbine that supplied power to Western Reserve High School.

The turbine fell over around 4 p.m. Sunday. It is one of three installed at the high school in 2009.

Superintendent Charles Swindler said the district does not know how or why the structure fell but that there were no injuries as a result.

He said the other two turbines have been shut down in the meantime.

The turbines were made by a company from Scotland. Swindler said engineers from Chicago are flying out soon to inspect the turbine and could determine the reason it fell by the end of the week.


Comments

1kat0227(5 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Read the article BEFORE you comment, Carl. "We" are on the fast-track to the bottom, but as the article states, the turbines were not made here. So don't blame "liberal universities". You are part of the problem.

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2Jerry(495 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

We paid $360,000 for these turbines in 2009. It was known at the time that the 3 turbines combined would never return even as much as $260,000 worth of electricity in their entire life span.

Since installation they have been out-of-service more than they have been in-service.

I would like a report regarding EXACTLY how much electricity they have produced (in KWh) since they were installed. After spending $360,000, the answer had better not be "We don't know."

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

After a post mortem on the wind turbine it will be revealed that it collapsed from stress cracks caused by vibrations while operating .

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