Cold freezes wind turbines in Minnesota

January 29, 2010

From KSTP-TV:

“Wind turbines placed in cities across Minnesota to generate power aren’t working because of the cold temperatures.

The Minnesota Municipal Power Association bought 11 turbines for $300,000 each from a company in Palm Springs, Calif.

Special hydraulic fluid designed for colder temperatures was used in the turbines, but it’s not working, so neither are the turbines.

There is a plan to heat the fluid, but officials must find a contractor to do the work.”

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3 Responses to “Cold freezes wind turbines in Minnesota”


  1. […] Wind power is great, as long as you don’t mind living in the Stone Age on a calm day, or a cold day. […]

  2. brr09 Says:

    Somone should tell them that even if they heat the fluid, wind power at the extremes of temperatures still fails to deliver what it promises…

    http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/2008%20February.htm

    “Wind power is unavailable when it is very hot or very cold.

    The reason is that extremes of temperature in winter and summer occur when there is a stationary high and when there is a stationary high the wind does not blow. We can put it another way

    The only reliable thing about wind power is that you know it will not be there when you really need it.”


  3. […] Special hydraulic fluid designed for colder temperatures was used in the turbines, but it’s not working, so neither are the turbines.”  “Cold keeps Minn. wind turbines from spinning“  h/t Green Hell Blog […]


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