Sunday, April 24, 2011

Winter and Wind Turbines - A Bad Mix

"New Brunswick may be moving its plans regarding new baseload power ahead more quickly following a report in February that a $200 million wind farm in the northern end of the province froze solid shutting down completely due to a buildup of ice on the blades.

GDF Suez, the firm that owns the 33 turbine wind farm said that in a dry winter the project runs at about 35% of its 99 MW capacity. A wet winter has played havoc with the turbines forcing the utility to buy replacement power from other sources."

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