Nearly 120 wind turbines catch fire each year – ten times the number reported by the industry – according to new research. The figures show that fires are the second biggest cause of accidents in wind turbines, after blade failure.According to the Telegraph, Engineers at Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh found that out of the 200,000 wind turbines across the world, an average of 117 burst into flames each year, many more than the 12 reported by wind farm firms.
The researchers added that as each turbine costs more than £2 million and can generate around £500,000 per year, any down time could make the industry less viable. Also, because the turbines are so far off the ground, it is almost impossible to put the fires out, leading to the whole structure potentially being destroyed.
Dr Guillermo Rein of Imperial College said: “Fires are a problem for the industry, impacting on energy production, economic output and emitting toxic fumes.
“This could cast a shadow over the industry’s green credentials.
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