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Trouble Down At the Wind Farm
« on: 09 March 2018, 18:08:57 »

It has been announced today that the wind turbines in the World's biggest group, The London Array, off the coast of Kent, are suffering from serious corrosion on their leading edges.

Apparently it is going to cost "millions" to rectify 140 sets of blades.

This has happened just 3 years after construction, when the blades were meant to last at least 20 years.  Oh, dear! ::) ::) ::)

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Re: Trouble Down At the Wind Farm
« Reply #1 on: 09 March 2018, 18:13:40 »

Just goes to confirm that technical decisions are best left in politicians' hands!

NOT!


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Re: Trouble Down At the Wind Farm
« Reply #2 on: 09 March 2018, 18:15:31 »

If they do them one at a time, it could turn into a Forth Bridge kind of job.
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Re: Trouble Down At the Wind Farm
« Reply #3 on: 09 March 2018, 18:19:37 »

...... it could turn into a Forth Bridge kind of job.

They've finished painting the Forth Bridge  ;)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-scotland-16137688/never-ending-forth-bridge-painting-finishes

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Re: Trouble Down At the Wind Farm
« Reply #4 on: 09 March 2018, 18:21:21 »

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This has happened just 3 years after construction, when the blades were meant to last at least 20 years.  Oh, dear! ::) ::) ::)

Oh dear oh dear ...  ;D ;D

 I hope they got a written guarantee from the manufacturer's  ::)
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Re: Trouble Down At the Wind Farm
« Reply #5 on: 09 March 2018, 18:23:37 »

...
This has happened just 3 years after construction, when the blades were meant to last at least 20 years.  Oh, dear! ::) ::) ::)

Oh dear oh dear ...  ;D ;D

 I hope they got a written guarantee from the manufacturer's ::)

Apparently they have trouble elsewhere with the blades, but they have promised full support to help put them right, although nothing yet said about financial compensation/meeting the repair bill! :P :P
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Re: Trouble Down At the Wind Farm
« Reply #6 on: 09 March 2018, 19:15:05 »

Just like the warranty we get with pothole repairs that pop out again after a week?

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Re: Trouble Down At the Wind Farm
« Reply #7 on: 09 March 2018, 22:08:27 »

This is not the first issue with offshore turbines !, Especially blade corrosion !

I know of some of the early Danish offshore ones with issues with the 'new' (at the time !) Step up transformers ! These are located in the base of the tower and all were replaced by helicopter.

Glad I wasn't paying that repair bill  :o :o :o
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Re: Trouble Down At the Wind Farm
« Reply #8 on: 09 March 2018, 22:10:06 »

Oh, dear! It sounds almost as if someone's been spraying them constantly with salt water. Oh, wait!..
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Re: Trouble Down At the Wind Farm
« Reply #9 on: 09 March 2018, 22:46:32 »

Fear ye not the taxpayer wont have to pay, it will becovered by warranty.  ::)
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Re: Trouble Down At the Wind Farm
« Reply #10 on: 09 March 2018, 23:31:39 »

Sand 'em down a bit, slap on a coat of Hammerite and that'll be alright!  :y
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Re: Trouble Down At the Wind Farm
« Reply #11 on: 10 March 2018, 00:06:18 »

They musy have used some dodgy plastic  somewhere in the process. Fibreglass boat hulls last for years, I wonder if the gel coat was skimped on to save weight  :-\
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Re: Trouble Down At the Wind Farm
« Reply #12 on: 10 March 2018, 03:49:24 »

As always with new technology, or rather technology with new applications there will be issues. I suspect the repair cost will pale into insignificance at the side of the ever growing cost of our latest nuclear installation.

However, thank goodness that has nothing to do with renewable energy, so therefore we donít scrutinise the cost, or the mess, or, well anything else come to think of it.   ::)
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Re: Trouble Down At the Wind Farm
« Reply #13 on: 10 March 2018, 10:38:07 »

A friend who used to be involved with the putting up of windfarms, offshore and in land, said the maintenance, installation costs out weigh the the money they earn.
So they are proper politics, cost more to run then save.
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Re: Trouble Down At the Wind Farm
« Reply #14 on: 10 March 2018, 12:55:54 »

Sand 'em down a bit, slap on a coat of Hammerite and that'll be alright!  :y

From what we are told the firm that produces the blades are now installing some form of rubber or plastic edge to each blade. ;)
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