Golf balls and ice

The outer tips of the turbine blades will travel at up to  246 miles per hour

  • What happens if a golf ball from the driving range hits this moving object ?

The Highways agency consider the issue:-


9. A further factor that must be considered is the phenomenon of ice being thrown from the turbine blades (‘icing’). In certain meteorological conditions, significant accretionsof ice can build up on wind turbine blades. Surprisingly, moving blades are affected toa far greater extent than stationary blades.

10. Warming or fragmentation may then lead to ice being shed from the rotating blades. Large fragments may be thrown a considerable distance.

11. Again, this is a very rare event and the frequency of occurrence does decrease markedly with distance. Nevertheless, the consequences of an ice projectile hitting a moving vehicle could be severe. Not only would the occupants be at risk but a multivehicle accident could result.

12. Most modern wind turbines will have vibration and/or climate sensitive technology that will shut down the turbine if there is the potential for icing. Where this technology is present there should be no need to consider this issue further. Evidence of this technology on the proposed turbines should be provided.

Quote of the day : ” 

“The Council and its partners will: Ensure Protected Open Land around Horwich and Blackrod remains undeveloped and will Ensure that new development does not harm the landscape setting and protects views from public areas to the surrounding landscape.
I have to wonder how much power generation will have to be carried out in this area before it is considered too much.”

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