Lightning Causes Most Wind Generator Fires

Lightning is the primary cause of fire in wind generators, according to research at Imperial College, London. Once ignited, “Wind turbines catch fire because highly flammable materials such as hydraulic oil and plastics are in close proximity to machinery and electrical wires… Lots of oxygen, in the form of high winds, can quickly fan a fire inside a turbine. Once ignited, the chances of fighting the blaze are slim due to the height of the wind turbine and the remote locations that they are often in.”