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Friday, March 15, 2013

Wind Turbine Collapses in Kyoto

Wind Turbine Collapse Kyoto伊根・太鼓山風力発電所 支柱折れ、羽根落下 先端部、金属疲労か

On Wednesday March 13th, a giant wind turbine collapsed in western Kyoto Prefecture.

The windmill, which is in the town of Inecho, is 50-meters tall. Along with three 25-meter long blades, the entire structure collapsed. No one was injured.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

During the day, winds were a powerful 15 km/hour. The turbine collapsed at around 7 pm.

The wind turbine began operation in 2001 and was set up at a cost of 1.8 million USD. Its service life was an expected 17 years.

In 2011, it generated roughly 4,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. Because of breakdowns and weak winds, the turbine was operating at a loss. However, because of the increase in the tariff, it was thought that the turbine was just on the point of turning a profit.

photo ©Kyoto Shinbun 


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