Turbines don’t need wind, they blow themselves…..apart

Damaged: Two of the turbine's blades were torn off completely following gales of 40mph last week

Damaged: Two of the turbine’s blades were torn off completely following gales of 40mph last week

David Farrar gets hard talking about wind turbines…he loves them.

Of course the green taliban do too…they claim they are green and clean…except they haven’t seen how they are made, where the rare earth metals come from, nor do they care about the visual and noise pollution. On top of that there is quiet shame of the amount of birds these things kill every year.

But one thing about wind turbines that always makes headlines is that when they fail it is catastrophic…and spectacular…and dangerous…so much so there is now talk of removing turbines from schools.

A single crooked blade dangling precariously from its rotor is all that remains of this wind turbine, which was left badly damaged by gales of 40mph.

Two blades of the turbine were torn off altogether following storms last week, with one piece of debris estimated to have been thrown about 60 yards.

The incident has prompted calls for similar structures to be removed from nearby schools. 

The 60 kilowatt turbine at Dunhobby, on Scrabster Hill, near Thurso, in the Highlands, was wrecked in storms on Friday evening.

The Highland Council has insisted it was ‘satisfied’ with the procedures in place to ensure ‘their safe operation’ in schools.

But Stuart Young, chairman of Caithness Wind Information Forum (CWIF) said the incident illustrated the need for turbines to be removed from schools.

He said: ‘Highland Council steadfastly refuses to acknowledge any risk from siting small wind turbines in school playgrounds and considers that only at 80mph – twice the wind speed which destroyed the Scrabster Hill turbine – is there any need to consider action.’

Mr Young said the council’s trigger level of 80mph to shut down turbines is 6mph above hurricane force, the highest level on the Beaufort Scale.

‘There is abundant evidence these machines can and do fail under conditions far less severe than warranted by manufacturers.’

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

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