Wind Turbine Breaks Apart at Australia Antarctic Base

Unreliable-energy strikes again.

Too little wind – no power. Too much wind – calamity.

THE mad obsession with novelty, symbolic, weather-dependent “save the planet” energy sources echoes the jingle from the Kellogg’s cereal ad of the 90’s “not too little, not too much, just right”.

EITHER way – Huston, we have a big, big problem.

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The head of a turbine is lying on the ground at Australia’s Mawson Antarctic base [image processed by CodeCarvings Piczard]
Flying turbines ahoy! Fossil fuel to the rescue as usual.

The blades of a wind turbine at an Australian Antarctic base broke off and narrowly missed a storage building as they crashed to the ground, reports Phys.org, forcing the icy outpost to switch to backup power.

The head of the turbine, one of two at Mawson station, plunged 30 metres (100 feet) on Tuesday evening, despite there being only moderate gusts of wind at the time.

All 13 members of the expedition at the station are safe, and were inside their living quarters at the time, said Rob Wooding, general manager of support and operations at the base.

The second turbine was deactivated as a precaution, with the base switching to its diesel generators.

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2 Comments on “Wind Turbine Breaks Apart at Australia Antarctic Base”

  1. Denis Rancourt says:

    Let’s replace fossil fuels with wind-turbine energy, and why not also bring back hydrogen-filled dirigibles for air transport?

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    • Jamie Spry says:

      Yes! But to be frank, the Zeppelin was an example of amazing hydrogen power in action, fission energy.
      My tip is that we will soon learn how to join hydrogen atoms to create fusion energy, just like our sun does right now.
      And how nice that all ingredients for hydrogen fusion reactors are available from the ocean.

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