Wind Turbine Ice Capades: German Wind Farm Neighbour Cheats Death, Dodging Flying Ice Chunks

Ice chunk flung at family

Germany’s Renewable Targets ….


Over the last few weeks German wind turbines have been stubbornly refusing to produce much power at all, while a frightening number have, instead, determined to completely self-destruct, with a rash of collapses, component liberation events (aka blade throws) and self-immolations (see our post here and below).

Adding a distinctly cool flavour to the danger of living with these things, passersby are now on the lookout for metre long chunks of ice being hurled earthwards from 50m blades, with all the speed and force required to send their potential victims to the Promised Land. Here’s NoTricksZone reporting on Germany’s new renewable ‘targets’.

Germany Sees 4 Catastrophic Wind Turbine Failures In Four Weeks …Man Nearly Hit By Ice Projectile
No Tricks Zone
Pierre Gosselin
7 January 2017

A few of days ago I reported on a spate of wind turbine collapses occuring in Germany and Europe. Well the folly appears to be continuing as the online German Tageblatt here reports how yet another has come crashing down, with a passerby witnessing it live.

The fourth collapse in four weeks!

German news site NTV here writes:

South of Hamburg an approximately 100-meter tall wind turbine collapsed. The turbine in Neu Wulmstorf fell during the morning, a police spokesman said. A passerby observed the incident and called the fire department.”

The NTV reports it’s still unknown why the bolted connection 20 meters high came apart at around 11 a.m, but was probably due to brisk winds at the time.

The latest incident led the Swiss online daily Baseler Zeitung (BaZ) here to report on the unusual series of wind turbine failures in neighboring Germany, writing that such a string of failures “is not supposed to happen“.

The BAZ adds that normally Germany sees about 6 or 7 such failures over an entire year.

There have been four serious incidents in northern Germany over the past four weeks. ‘Too many in such a short time,’ writes Philipp Stukenbrock of Ingenieurbüro 8.2 Consulting, which specializes in wind parks.”

The four recent collapses in summary:

  • Early December, the tower of a 70-meter tall turbine snapped in half and the turbine and blades crashed to the ground in the state of Mecklenburg-Pomerania.
  • In the northeast German state of Saxony, the tower of a 100-meter tall turbine snapped some 15 meters above the ground.
  • Early this week a 40-meter blade came apart and fell to the ground in Brandenburg.
  • As described above, the tower of a 100-meter tall turbine south of Hamburg broke catastrophically 20 meters above the ground.
    Ice projectiles

Collapsing turbines are not the only hazard posed by wind parks. There’s also the danger of falling ice, as the here reports.

On the morning of New Year’s Eve, Werner van Veenendaal was out for a walk near Bochum in the Ruhr region, when a roughly 2-foot long ice projectile flew off from the tip of a blade of a nearby 98-meter tall wind turbine and crashed close by, shocking the bejesus out of him. From the photo of the ice chunk, a direct hit certainly could have been lethal.


van Veenendaal told the Westfälische Nachrichten daily that he also found several other chunks of ice of similar size in the area: “The street was also littered with smaller pieces.” And because it was foggy he was not able to see the tops of the turbines and thus “could not see that there was ice on them“.

Luckily he wasn’t hit, or worse!
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  1. Brian Johnston says:

    I thought in cold regions the blades had heaters

    The heaters apparently use about 20% of the output

    Considering windmills produce nothing that’s 20% from the grid to heat the blade of a windmill to keep the scam alive

  2. Jackie Rovensky says:

    Armageddon is here – not in the form of the earth warming but from those things which were created to secure its future.
    But these things are worse than the ailment – towers falling over or breaking off, blades being thrown to the four winds and ice being slung around, birds being smashed to pieces, fire rushing through uncontrolled or as a result of bird deaths, faults or burning blades, illnesses with suffering unrecognized by authorities, environments destroyed and eco-systems failing, local climate in disarray creating concerns for crop and food security, blackouts which cause enormous damage to peoples lives and businesses.
    When will it end? Will a savior arrive in time to prevent the end of the earth and life as we know it or are we destined to die a slow painful death at the hands of the Armageddon’s operatives?

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