More proof that you need fossil fueled backup for any wind or solar powered project.
The head of a 30-meter (10 story) -tall wind turbine at Mawson station fell to the ground Tuesday night.
“We have no idea what the cause of it is yet,” said Dr Rob Wooding, general manager of support and operations for the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD).
“The winds at Mawson are always quite strong at night, so they were up to about 40 knots, but that’s not, by Mawson standards, especially strong.” said Dr Wooding.
The turbine was one of two on the station, but both have been deactivated while investigations continue.
The station is now relying solely on diesel-power generation.
The AAD is a division of the Department of the Environment.
See video of the wind turbines in action. They are huge.
Thanks to Harold J Satterfield for this link
“This may not bode well for wind turbines,” says Harold. “Maybe they got some of Shakespeare’s “ill wind” down there :).”