When icing brings down a grandmother, a power line or a plane, nobody wants to talk about it because it’s always somebody’s fault. The same is true when icing slows or shuts down a wind turbine. At least no one gets hurt physically, but it still costs lots of money. There is a cold little secret in the world of wind power; turbine blade icing is a problem. I’m new around here, so my evidence is anecdotal. His clues are described in the article in our January/February 2011 issue on page 6.
By Cliff Lyon, Director Corporate Development, IceCode LLC, USA