Ironically, Wind is a Problem When Building Wind Turbines
Photo: Flickr, CCToo Bad We Can't Put Them Where There's No Wind...Green Inc had a short piece about the problems that - ironically - wind is causing to those who transport and build wind turbines. It seems obvious when you think about it, but it's not something I had considered before. Mark Buckbee, a senior project manager for Reed & Reed, is quoted as saying that turbines cannot be erected in winds of over 20-30 miles per hour, and as you can imagine, if you picked a spot specifically for its strong and plentiful wind, that can be a problem.Photo: Flickr, CC
It can also be problematic just to store the turbine parts. Green Inc writes:
In Searsport, Me., stacks of turbine blades — a mere 13,000 pounds despite being nearly half a football field long — are lashed to the ground.
“If you don’t chain them down, they’ll fly away in strong wind."
I wonder if the same thing applies to offshore wind turbines. Do they really have to wait for wind to slow below 20-30 mph to install them? I can imagine that many offshore locations almost never have winds below that threshold. Maybe they're just using heavier equipment that can handle those winds... Though a calm sea must be required, so then again, maybe not.
If you've worked in wind turbine construction (especially offshore), please let us know what your experience has been in the comments below. Very curious to know if wind is a big problem during construction.
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