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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 12:55 PM
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Battered U.K. Turbines Switch On After Halting in 165 Miles per Hour Winds
http://webfarm.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-09/battered-u-k-turbines-switch-on-after-halting-in-165-mph-winds.html

he U.K.s wind farms returned to normal after halting yesterday to protect them from the strongest gales in 25 years.

Almost two-thirds of Britains 5.25 billion pounds ($8.2 billion) of wind power capacity may have automatically stopped generating yesterday as gusts triggered protection mechanisms, National Grid Plc said. Gusts on the summit of Cairngorm, Scotlands sixth-highest mountain, peaked at 165 miles per hour (265 kilometers per hour), the most since 1986, according to data on the U.K.s Met Office website.

Its incredibly unusual wind speeds that we experienced, public transports been disrupted and theres been huge amounts of structural damage, said Niall Stuart, chief executive officer in Glasgow at Scottish Renewables, a lobby group that promotes cleaner energy.

Britain has about 4,000 megawatts of wind turbines linked to the nations electricity network, enough to supply 8 million European homes. Infinis Plc, the renewables company owned by Guy Hands, is investigating after one of its turbines caught fire yesterday in an incident involving a machine made by Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the worlds largest turbine maker.

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Bob Wallace Donating Member (132 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:08 PM
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1. Yep...
Turbines shut down in the heaviest of wind conditions.

But turbines somewhat removed from the heaviest wind are going to be spinning close to nameplate capacity and pumping out the power. Tie everything together and the grid smiles.

The wind does not blow like stink everywhere at once. Systems move across the landscape.

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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 03:56 PM
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3. Yes, but if the turbines shut down

Then they leave vast streams of unprocessed raw wind in their wake. This uncontrolled emission of wind into the atmosphere may have devastating consequences.
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 06:42 AM
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4. Yes, unprocessed wind is certainly far worse than processed wind. nt
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 02:50 PM
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2. This sounds like success to me. They shut down when they had
to and they seen to have escaped a lot of damage.
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