De-icing a Wind Turbine

Saturday Silliness – wind turbine photo of the year

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From the “fire and ice” department, Craig Kelly writes on Facebook.

The entire rationale for wind turbines de-icing-wind-turbine THUMBis to stop global warming by reducing the amount of CO2 being returned to the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels.

In the attached picture, recently taken in Sweden, freezing cold weather has caused the rotor blades of a wind turbine to ice up bringing the blades to a complete stop.

To fix the “problem” a helicopter is employed (burning aviation fuel) to spray hot water (which is heated in the frigid temperatures using a truck equipped with a 260 kW oil burner) on the blades of the turbine to de-ice them.

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