GE identifies cause of blade breaks

General Electric says it has determined that the root cause of blade breaks last month at wind farms in Michigan and New York State was a “spar cap manufacturing anomaly.”

“We’ve identified a discrete set of blades that could have been subject to this anomaly and we are working with potentially affected customers to help ensure the reliability of our wind turbines and their safe operation,” Lindsay Theile, a spokeswoman for GE Power & Water, tells Recharge.

She notes that to date, a small percentage of the potentially affected blades that GE has reviewed are impacted, adding that blades that are not impacted are safe to operate.

“Following the discovery of the manufacturing anomalies, we have put additional controls in Log in to read complete article.

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