Whee!: Wind Turbine Spins Freely After Brakes Fail During High Winds

July 15, 2019

"Brakes?! What is it -- a car? GREEN ENERGY ISN'T REAL." -- somebody's embarrassing uncle

This is a video from Palm Springs, California of a wind turbine spinning freely during high winds after its brakes have failed. Oh so they aren't supposed to spin that fast? I just assumed energy production was at MAX LEVELS.

"A wind machine ran away during high winds. The brakes failed and the unit caught fire and ran unstopped until one blade failed several hours later. The sound could be heard miles away."

Oh man, where's the video of the blade failing? I would have liked to see that. On a side note, I've seen some of these wind turbines up close and personal and you just can't appreciate how ridiculously giant they are until you're standing under one looking up, fantasizing about looking down holding a bed sheet parachute.

Keep going for the video, which is really just a whole lot of the same.

Thanks to DT, who agrees wind turbines of the not-too-distant future will be powered entirely by the shockwaves from nuclear explosions.

  • K Diddie

    am I the only one who is thinking about all the different thing to throw/launch into the blades at those speeds?!?!

  • Bling Nye

    All kinds of shit!

  • David Shire

    Back in high school my friends and I would sneak inside of these things and climb the ladder all the way to the top. It's like a boxcar up there! Then we'd climb out on top and high-five the blades.

  • Douchy McDouche

    I'm a big fan of this video.

  • Jeffrey Naujok

    116' blades means at least a 232' diameter circle. That thing is spinning way faster than 60 RPM , so each blade tip is moving at more than 730 feet per second. Probably closer to 1.5 revolutions per second, meaning the blade tips are right up against the speed of sound. That's crazy dangerous. Those things take two rail cars to move each, and moving at the speed of sound. The energy makes a bomb look like a firecracker.

  • GeneralDisorder

    There are different sizes of wind turbines. I can't really tell with this one because it's cropped perfectly so you have exactly no context for how large it is. That said, it's probably not a 116' blade.

    Also notable I don't think the windmill tips are capable of exceeding the speed of sound. Once you get close to the speed of sound the rotational resistance would prevent it from going any faster, right? It's related to why propeller driven aircraft can't hit Mach. Maybe I'm not thinking this through completely.

  • Doog

    Lets see Don Quixote take this one on!

  • Bling Nye

    Dare you to touch it.

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  • but where is the video of the failing blade? does it launch into the air or just stab the ground?

  • Yea, I couldn't finish to this either. Here's the one: Ten minutes of pure wind turbine failure mayhem.


  • Jenness

    Wind energy or terrifying death machines ready to spin out of control and kill us all? This is scary.

  • The_Wretched

    Thanks to global warming, there's more high winds than ever.

  • Munihausen

    Pro Tip: allegations of "climate change" are much more ambiguous, and therefore defensible.

  • D3Fd0ck

    Say that to all the ancient viruses and "super bugs" that have ben defrosted from the glaciers finally. Politics aside, when this fan went free, it stopped making energy? That kinda defeats the purpose....

  • Andrew

    too bad we can't catch that kind of energy!

  • GeneralDisorder

    Putting a load on the generator would slow the blades down. Once it spins that fast the connection between blades and generator is probably broken.

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