Gearbox problems with wind farm.

Posted: November 30, 2009 in Broken Britain

IlieA multi-million pound wind farm built off the Kent coast to provide energy for 100,000 homes has suffered repeated mechanical problems in the four years since it was built.

The Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm, which provides power to 100,000 houses in Whitstable, Herne Bay and Canterbury, has undergone numerous gearbox replacements.

Gearboxes in all 30 turbines had to be replaced in 2006 and 2007, but just a year later 20 were changed again with another 10 due for replacement in 2010.

The gearboxes are vital for transferring power from the blades to the generator and are monitored by Vestas, a Danish producer of turbines.

A spokesperson at Vattenfall Wind Power, the Swedish owner of the wind farm, said despite the “teething problems” it is still one of the most efficient offshore farms in the world. So efficient that the company was unable to reveal the amount of money spent on fixing the turbines or the amount lost through the reduction in energy.

  1. Gearboxes supplied by FIAT ?
    fix it again tomorrow !

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