Another Wind Turbine Blaze: Fire Breaks Out At Iowa Wind Farm

Another Wind Turbine Blaze: Fire Breaks Out At Iowa Wind Farm Less than two months after a Vestas V112-3.0 MW wind turbine went up in flames in Germany, another wind turbine has caught fire – this time, in the U.S.

On May 22, emergency personnel responded to a fire at Iberdrola Renewables' Barton 2 Wind Power Project in Worth County, Iowa, company spokesperson Jan Johnson tells NAW.

Iberdrola worked with the emergency crew to extinguish the fire, Johnson says, adding that no one was in the turbine at the time of the incident and that there were no injuries.

The fire occurred in the nacelle of a Gamesa G87-2.0 MW machine, which had been in operation for almost three years since the wind farm was placed in service in June 2009.

The 80 MW Barton 2 wind farm – a segment of the larger 160 MW Barton Wind Power Project – comprises 60 Gamesa G87 turbines.

Gamesa spokesperson David Rosenberg says the company has not been involved with the Barton project since May 2011, when its operations and maintenance contract expired. He would not comment on if the company is taking any quality-control measures to ensure proper performance of other G87 machines but says the turbines are "remarkably reliable."

The cause of the fire is still unknown, but Iberdrola has launched a full investigation into the matter.


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