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GE blade fails in Indiana

Lightening suspected in turbine accident at 200MW Eon wind farm

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A GE blade has failed at the 200MW Wildcat 1 wind farm in Indiana for the second time in two months.

Yesterday a blade broke off a 1.6MW turbine at the project, which is owned by Eon Climate and Renewables North America.

The US turbine manufacturer has initiated a root cause analysis of the event, GE spokesperson Lindsay Thiele told reNews.

“Early signs indicate that lightning was the cause from the severe storm that went through the area,” said Thiele.

There were no injuries or damage to other turbines or equipment. Wildcat 1 started commercial operation in winter 2012. It features 125 GE machines.

In February another turbine blade broke off at the project.

GE recently attributed blade breaks in December at the Orangeville Wind Farm in New York and Echo Wind Park in Michigan to a spar cap manufacturing problem.

Image: Lightening suspected in 200MW Wildcat 1 blade break (White Construction)

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