GE woes: third turbine failure on US shores in 2019


A GE turbine collapsed at a Nebraska wind farm recently, unfortunately, the third GE turbine to fail in the US since the start of 2019.

The turbine collapsed on 5 July at the 200MW Invenergy-owned Upstream Wind Energy Centre, which started operating at the beginning of the year.

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No fault or cause of the other two accidents are seen as common to this latest incident, and nobody was injured during the accident at the Antelope County site.

In February, a turbine collapsed at Casa Mesa Wind Energy Centre in eastern New Mexico, which started operating in late-2018.

A spokesperson for GE Renewable Energy said: “GE was notified on 5 July of a 2.5-116 turbine collapse at the Upstream wind farm in Nebraska. GE immediately deployed a team to the site, and is working closely with the wind farm operator to determine the root cause of this incident.

“We stand by the quality and reliability of our turbines, and we are taking immediate action with our customer to resolve this issue. GE Renewable Energy’s best-selling 2MW product platform will have a total installed capacity of more than 15GW by the end of 2019 and operates at an industry-leading average of 98-plus percent availability.”

Invenergy said in a statement: “Invenergy is investigating the incident at Upstream Wind Energy Center. One turbine, a GE 2.5-116, was impacted and the wind farm remains fully operational and is generating electricity.”