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The newest iteration of the BladeBug robot features a waterproof outer casing

Video: Newly waterproof robot ‘to cut blade O&M costs’

Technology developer BladeBug has revealed a new-look robot concept covered in a waterproof outer shell, enabling it to carry out wind turbine maintenance in harsh conditions.

The turbine fire started earlier this morning before extinguishing itself (pic credit: Lewis Scott)

Video: Senvion turbine catches fire in UK city

A Senvion wind turbine installed at an industrial site caught fire this morning sending “acrid black smoke” drifting across the city of Hull in the north-east of England.

Ardrossan consists of 15 of Vestas’ V80-2.0 turbines across two sites, with the last three turbines coming online in 2008 (pic credit: Charlie Foster)

Video: Vestas turbine catches fire at UK wind farm

Ventient Energy is investigating after a Vestas turbine caught fire at one of its wind farms in south-west Scotland.

News and Analysis

Video: GE turbine catches fire after lightning strike

Innergex has launched an investigation after a GE turbine caught fire after being struck by lightning at a Texan wind farm last Friday (July 22).

GE probes new blade failure at Google-contracted wind farm

GE is investigating after a blade became partially detached from one of its Cypress turbines at a wind farm in central Sweden – the second time the US manufacturer has suffered a blade failure at the Björkvattnet project.

Nordex turbine collapses at new RWE wind farm in Sweden

RWE is investigating a turbine collapse at its newly commissioned 475MW Nysäter project in central Sweden.

Armed gang attacks wind farm in southern Chile as political violence continues

An armed gang has tried to attack the 8.4MW Las Peñas wind farm in southern Chile’s Biobio region - the second attempt to damage a Chilean wind farm in recent months.

Capacity added, assets sold and contracts signed across Scandinavia

Mid-summer has seen a flurry of activity in Scandinavia, with new capacity being commissioned, assets changing hands, contracts being signed, finance being secured and on-site works proceeding apace.

In depth

Why repowering is key to the energy transition

Replacing small, 20-year-old turbines with the latest technology offers savings over new wind farms and increased power yields

Distribution of value in the wind industry is broken – it’s time for a new settlement

Former Siemens Gamesa insider says turbine manufacturers are in dire need of the bright future they were promised

How do we close the offshore wind skills gap?

A three-pronged approach is required, including seeking people with transferable skills as well as a diverse workforce

How easy is it to hack a wind turbine?

From data theft to satellites used for remote monitoring, recent cyber attacks have made global headlines

From raw materials to policy: challenges facing OEMs

Analysts and other trade associations have given their forecasts for the health and profitability of turbine makers this year