The WKA 60 1.2 MW turbine on the island of Helgoland is to be dismantled after again being struck by lightning. Considerable damage was caused. It was first struck in 1990, not long after the MAN machine had been installed. Following this accident the operator, Versorgungbetrieb Helgoland, a subsidiary of utility Schleswag, decided to do without insurance because of the high premium. This time the company has little choice but to write off its losses and scrap the machine.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol