In today’s STT history lesson we’ll start with a recap on the Seven Wonders of the World:
1) The Colosseum of Rome
2) The Catacombs of Alexandria, Egypt
3) The Great Wall of China
4) Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain, England
5) The Leaning Tower of Pisa
6) The Porcelain Tower of Nanking, China
7) The Mosque of Saint Sophia at Constantinople (now Istanbul)
Coming in at number 5, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is facing an existential threat. Either the list becomes 8, or Italy’s famous piece of shoddy 12th Century engineering gets usurped by a 290 tonne (formerly) whirling Danish Dervish.
Another vertically vulnerable Vestas has taken to slouching on the job, and the ‘solution’ is so much ‘old rope’.
Here’s the latest on Wiatron Ontario’s bid to host the 8th Wonder of the World.
Work continues at leaning turbine
13 April 2016
Work continued on Wednesday to stabilize a turbine that is leaning at a Ferndale wind farm.
Capstone Engineering, which owns the three-turbine facility, discovered last week that the turbine, constructed in 2002, was listing and officials and engineers from Vestas, who manufactured the turbine, began working on site on Tuesday, along with Capstone staff and consulting engineers, to stabilize the structure.
“The main goal was to secure and stabilize that turbine,” Aaron Boles, senior vice-president of investor relations and communication with Capstone Infrastructure, said Wednesday. “It is getting more stable and secure with each day because we can work out the best solution to anchor it.”
Crews had tethered the turbine, and Boles said there was no risk to public safety as the 115-metre high turbine was 400 metres away from the closest structure and 900 metres away from the closest road. Twenty-four hour security has been placed at the site.
Boles said Wednesday that as crews worked to stabilize the turbine, work was also being done to analyze what potentially caused the turbine to lean, and to then arrange a solution.
“There is no sense that this needs to be rushed,” said Boles. “Thankfully we are at the beginning of spring and there is a full season ahead when it will be great weather for working up there.”
Boles also said having the 1.8-megawatt turbine offline “is not consequential or material” from a commercial perspective.
The turbine that is listing was constructed in 2002 and first achieved commercial operation in November of that year. Boles called it one of the earliest turbines to be constructed in the province.
Two other turbines at the site began operation in October 2006.
Capstone Infrastructure took ownership of the Ferndale wind power facility in 2013 when it acquired Renewable Energy Developers Inc.
So comforting to hear that having a 290 tonne turbine on the topple doesn’t pose any threat to safety.
And those hundreds of homes hoping to be ‘powered’ by Capstone’s wind farm (as promised) can rest easy too, knowing that the ‘loss’ of a once ‘upstanding’ member of the team “is not consequential or material”.
So, what was the point of the fat pile of subsidies it’s pocketed and the misery caused to neighbours? No? We’re at a loss, too.