Fired-Up: Industrial Wind Turbines Setting the World Alight, Alright!

Wind turbines are the perfect incendiary device: packed with flammable and toxic oils, plastics, fibreglass and low-ignition point metals, like aluminium, when one of these things spontaneously bursts into flames, everybody for miles around knows all about it.

For those country folk nervous about the terror that comes with an out-of-control bushfire, here are a few fun facts about the Vestas V112.

A Vestas V112 3MW turbine – the kind used at Macarthur in Victoria – holds the following “chemicals”, according to their specifications:

The hydraulic system has about 100 litres of hydraulic fluid in reserve; and to keep the gearbox lubricated requires 1,170 litres of gear oil; which sits in the gearbox sump and a reservoir (“external gravity tank), all housed in the nacelle:

During the Australian Senate’s wind farm enquiry in 2015, the Country Fire Authority claimed that the oil in question was “non-combustible”.

The video below suggests otherwise:


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We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.


  1. Andy hedgecock says:

    Shame those pics aren’t V112’s 😂😂

  2. “Blown away by wind farm capacity versus actual output” The world is on track to rachet up intermittent electricity generation from wind and solar, trying to achieve carbon-free electrical generation by 2050. Since electricity alone is unable to support militaries, aviation, and merchant ships, and all the transportation infrastructure that support commerce, the world needs to use the time to diligently develop new technologies to find an energy source or sources that are similar or superior to what deep earth minerals/fuels have been providing civilization, and hopefully those new sources will be abundant, and affordable.

  3. drgenenelson says:

    This post deserves wide dissemination. The choice of Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” to accompany the “Wind Turbine Topples” video is priceless! I also appreciate the download link for the video. 🙂

  4. Reblogged this on Climate- Science.

  5. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

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