Why do some wind turbines not spin?

Exploding Wind TurbineEver wonder why some wind turbines in a wind farm are not spinning?

Well, there are a handful of potential reasons why a wind turbine is not spinning.

1.  There is not enough wind for the wind turbine to start spinning on its own, and any available start-up mechanism for low wind speeds is not being used.

2.  The wind turbine has been shut down for maintenance.

3.  The wind farm is already producing electricity at capacity, so it is unnecessary to have every turbine in use.

4. There is too much wind, and the excessive wind speeds can be harmful to the integrity of the machine, especially a horizontal wind turbine.  High wind speeds can destroy a horizontal wind turbine, like in the picture on the left.

5.  The turbine blades are poorly designed, and cannot spin in any wind conditions.



4 thoughts on “Why do some wind turbines not spin?

  1. Hi, My name is Michael I am writing from Nigeria. I have been reaeasrching the wind turbine for some weeks now. I want to know if a 600wat mini turbine would serve a small apartment with 6 energy saving bulbs, three wall fans and one 32″ LCD Television. Secondly, how does one stop a wind turbine from spinning out of control? for instance high winds caused by a storm. Is there a mechanism or a braking system or even a “disconnector” or something that helps prevent this situation.
    Thank you.

  2. Hi, My name is Michael I am writing from Nigeria. I have been reaeasrching the wind turbine for some weeks now. I want to know if a 600wat mini turbine would serve a small apartment with 6 energy saving bulbs, three wall fans and one 32″ LCD Television. Secondly, how does one stop a wind turbine from spinning out of control? Thank you.

  3. Hi, My name is Essa I would like to ask you a simple question about the wind turbine. The question is how does a wind turbine shutdown during strong storm? because I have been thinking ok if the maintenance turn the wind turbine off, the blades will naturally rotate because of the storm.

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