A STORM OF NEGLECT AND ABUSE OF NATURE
As if the industrial wind industry does not have enough woe: wildly underreported fires releasing toxic fumes that cannot be contained or extinguished; massive wildlife displacement and killing fields; people harmed with contaminated water and nano particles and electrical pollution, ILFN; costly and ineffective results at providing energy, deriving from misleading mythologies based on climate lies and carbon fantasies. Daily, these adventures in subsidy grabbing and profiteering, are being exposed.
It’s another chilling thought to imagine the heights of pollution from rotting and eroding wind turbine blades. Billed as clean, green and free, and yes, safe, this industry has failed repeatedly to justify itself, hiding in cloaks of lies and misrepresentations. We question if there has ever been another energy sector with such a taint of rot/environmental neglect?
Ever wonder why turbine blade manufacturers don’t warranty the front edge of the blades beyond five years? Here’s your answer: we give you the “enchilada” on this because it’s layered and important. You may never look at the sweeping 70-foot-long blades the same way again.
Major Points: In an essay by Dr. ir. Eric Blondeel, entitled,
- Dr Blondeel informs us of the harm of Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are chemicals that are man-made. Endocrine disrupters, widely found in Teflon and other industrial applications, including wind turbine blades. PFOS is used in lubricants, coatings, paints, varnishes, plastics, and more.
- It should be known that exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals has been linked to about 80 diseases. These include testicular cancer, obesity and reproductive disorders.
- The unborn and young children are especially vulnerable because their hormone system is still developing. As early as 2012, the World Health Organization warned about the potentially carcinogenic properties of endocrine disruptors and concluded that these substances pose a global threat to public health.
- The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently significantly reduced dietary intakes of bisphenol A from a tolerable daily intake of 4 micrograms in 2015 to 0.04 nanograms per kg of body weight and per day.
- Wind turbine blades are made of fiberglass impregnated with epoxy to make them stronger. Epoxy contains 30-40% of Bisphenol A. Result: the particulate matter that comes from eroding windmill blades therefore contains a high content of Bisphenol A.
- And we already wrote that Bisphenol A is very harmful.
- Wind turbine blades are the largest consumer of epoxy plastics. In 2013, 27% (69,000 tons) of all epoxy resin went to wind turbine production. The annual global production of Bisphenol A in turn is more than 10 million tons, and a significant increase is expected in the coming years.
The Norwegian Turbine Group and also… OpinionZ sounded the alarm.
- The leading edge of the blades of wind turbines are subject to severe erosion. Although the erosion of windmill blades is the biggest problem for windmill manufacturers and belongs to their core business due to maintenance and repair costs, no verifiable data is available about the problems mentioned here. And if there are graphs in folders, the figures have been deleted.
- But the results were used by the Norwegian Turbine Group to calculate the amount of epoxy dust for the entire surface of the blades. That gave no less than 62 kg. epoxy dust over the total surface per year!
- Remember that epoxy contains 30 to 40% BPA.
We ask you to carefully digest the importance of this silent killer, hidden in many ways, leading edge blade erosion and Bisphenol A.
The understory: An example of blade repairs: (from the essay by Dr. Blondeel)
“Siemens Gamesa had to perform an “emergency” blade repair on 140 of the 175 turbines at the 630 MW supplying London Array wind farm in March 2018 due to earlier-than-expected leading edge erosion.
This came a month after Siemens Gamesa was forced to repair 87 of the 111 turbines at a 400 MW farm in Anholt, Denmark. Both cases involved 3.6 MW turbines with a rotor diameter of 120 meters and installed in 2013.
The fact that these relatively small turbines are already showing advanced erosion on such a scale in less than five years emphasizes the seriousness of the problem facing the (offshore) wind industry.
It is not known how much material has ended up in the environment, nor is the cost of the repair known. Spare blades were even fitted during those repairs.
The fact is, however: erosion is now one of the main reasons for wind turbine failures. In addition, it turns out that most of these repairs only last a few years.”
“Since it is now undeniably established that windmills also cause chemical pollution with hazardous substances such as Bisphenol A (BPA), a substance that the WHO calls a worldwide threat, 1 gram of which makes 10 million liters of water toxic and that is harmful to humans, animals and the environment, it is essential that this matter is included in the EIA.
Wind turbine blades release from 0.5 to 2.5 grams of pure Bisphenol (BPA) per year. Perhaps a much too low figure compared to the FactCheck Flanders figure. Calculated over a lifespan of 20 years, this equates to the destruction of 100 million to 500 million liters of water per turbine. Not exactly negligible as this ends up in the diet and even in the bloodstream. But even that figure is probably an underestimate, given the reputation of the wind industry.” (Our emphasis)
What is indisputable, is that the cat is out of the bag, the mountain of accruing damage from useless eco pretenders, industrial wind factories, is not to be ignored, and must be immediately acknowledged, rectified, and remediated.
Please see www.greatlakeswindtruth.org for the full letter/essay by Dr. Blondeel.
CEO North American Platform Against Wind Power
Great Lakes Wind Truth
Save the Eagles International (Canada)
Resume of Dr ir. Eric Blondeel
I Have been educated at the Catholic University Leuven (KUL) in Belgium holding a Master degree in engineering (1972) as well as a PhD (1975). I was CTO and consultant in multinationals responsible for the whole chain, starting from fundamental research to manufacturing equipment, tooling ,training and final product. I became a private entrepreneur and science consultant from 2003 to 2012. After retirement I kept on active following science with a main interest in climate, energy and scientific misconduct linked to social aspects, resulting in publications (dwarsliggers.eu, doorbraak, climategate.nl)