A fire on a turbine at Cemmaes wind farm during storms that swept much of Britain over Christmas was probably caused by a malfunction in the small drive motor. According to Patricia Gardiner of the Wind Energy Group (WEG), the fire brigade was not needed to deal with the fire that broke out on one of WEG's 24, MS3 turbines. It had been extinguished automatically by the time WEG staff arrived at the site. The company is now investigating the cause of the fire, but Gardiner does not believe that strong winds were responsible. "The wind was gusting at about 60 metres per second, but I think it was coincidental," she says. WEG's mother company, Taylor Woodrow, owns the wind farm.
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