Towering Inferno

Towering Inferno analyses the root causes, impact and mitigation of the inherent fire risk involved in the operation of modern wind turbines.

While turbine fires are greatly outnumbered by losses relating to blades and gearboxes, the majority of these incidents lead to high-profile losses with a dual financial and reputational impact on a project and its stakeholders. Moreover, there is clear potential for fires to spread and cause a larger environmental incident.

The report includes:

  • Analysis of the top causes of fire incidents
  • Advice for mitigating risks – both internal (e.g. from mechanical breakdown), and external (e.g. from bush fires)
  • Interviews with claims specialist Renewable Energy Loss Adjusters (RELA) and fire suppression expert Firetrace International

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