Wind Turbine Breaks Apart at Australia Antarctic BasePosted: November 8, 2017
Unreliable-energy strikes again.
Too little wind – no power. Too much wind – calamity.
THE mad obsession with novelty, symbolic, weather-dependent “save the planet” energy sources echoes the jingle from the Kellogg’s cereal ad of the 90’s “not too little, not too much, just right”.
EITHER way – Huston, we have a big, big problem.
The blades of a wind turbine at an Australian Antarctic base broke off and narrowly missed a storage building as they crashed to the ground, reports Phys.org, forcing the icy outpost to switch to backup power.
The head of the turbine, one of two at Mawson station, plunged 30 metres (100 feet) on Tuesday evening, despite there being only moderate gusts of wind at the time.
All 13 members of the expedition at the station are safe, and were inside their living quarters at the time, said Rob Wooding, general manager of support and operations at the base.
The second turbine was deactivated as a precaution, with the base switching to its diesel generators.
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