Wind turbine collapsed in Estonia


On Tuesday night, a 60-meter wind turbine broke down on the Estonian island of Saaremaa and collapsed to the ground. It happened at the Salme wind farm. It is not yet known exactly what caused the turbine failure. As a result of the incident, no one was injured.

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Locals described the sound, which came around 10 p.m. Tuesday, as quite frightening.

«We thought there was a traffic accident’, described Oliver, who lives a couple of kilometers from the wind farm.

A resident of Salme Kaur also heard a pop and did not understand what happened, although it occurred to him that it could be windmills.

«It was a very strong rattle“, – describes what happened Marcus, just walking nearby. He also did not understand where this sound was coming from, and in the darkness he could not make out the windmills.

But the farmer living next to the windmills Raymond Ellick did not hear anything, although, according to one of his employees, there really was a roar at about ten o’clock. According to Ellick, it is lucky that all the animals at this time are in the barn, and not in the pasture near the wind farm. “It’s kind of mystical,” Ellick said, surprised that such a design could break in half so easily.

Tallinn-based owner of Eesti Elekter Oleg Synayalg said that he did not know exactly what caused the fall of the windmill, which had stood for 30 years.

«It happens with technology.“, – said Synalag. According to him, the most important thing is that people were not injured. The windmill itself will be scrapped.

Wind turbine failure is rare. For example, at the end of 2015, one of the wind power generators collapsed at the Lämhult wind park in Jönköping county in southern Sweden.


Source: GOROD.LV – новости Даугавпилса by gorod.lv.

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