Ørsted CEO says confidence not shaken by malfunction boom in Danish offshore wind

Recent years have seen crashing rotor blades, cracked foundations, and burning nacelles on a handful of turbines in the birthplace of offshore wind. Problems notwithstanding, the Danish utility’s CEO is convinced that such issues will not undermine confidence in technology.

I 2015 knækkede toppen af en af havmøllerne ud for Samsø. | Photo: Samsø Energiakademi / Jørgen Bundgaard.

If a wind turbine rotor blade falls into the sea and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound?

Normally, such an accident would trigger some sizable waves – not only in the literal sense, but also figuratively in regard to the wider world’s attention. However, that one of Ørsted’s machines installed at Denmark’s Horns Rev 3 facility on June 1 this year lost a blade into the sea appeared only in a brief note published by the Danish Maritime Authority on the day of the incident, followed up by an update recently stating that the navigational obstruction at the position will be removed in a few weeks time.

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