A Vestas wind turbine caught fire at the Gross Eilstorf wind farm in Lower Saxony, Germany, on March 30. According to the company, the V112-3.0 MW turbine – a new Vestas turbine model – had been functioning properly before the fire broke out.
Vestas said that safe access to the wind turbine was possible and that the fire was burning under "controlled conditions."
In addition to disconnecting the affected turbine from the power grid, Vestas shut down three other V112 wind turbines located nearby. The wind farm’s remaining 13 V112 turbines are running as usual, the company said.
As a precaution, Vestas also reviewed its entire fleet of V112 wind turbines and concluded that the rest of the units were operating as intended.
The V112 wind turbine is Vestas’ largest onshore wind turbine, and it is unclear whether its larger capacity contributed to the incident. The company said it was launching a full investigation into the cause of the fire and that a third party has been engaged in the analysis. No injuries were reported in relation to the fire.
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