A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Wind turbine down – again !!!

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This is time number FOUR. And I’m annoyed!

Just when we thought it was working right, the turbine started making a horrible noise – again. (This is after already replacing the shock absorbers and bolts) So once again, we call our good friend to help us. Up he comes from the village. The 3 of us take down the turbine – me operating the winch to lower it, and the 2 guys doing the technical side.

Now, I don’t really like to talk about it too much when the system goes horribly wrong. Why? Well, we like living off grid – when the system is working properly, it’s a thing of beauty. And I don’t want to discourage anyone from trying it (not that we had a choice, with no power lines up on the mountain!!) But when the system is not working properly? You are totally…what’s the word… ?? Yes.

Turbines are fairly simple bits of kit. And this one was made in Spain, so should be well suited to Spanish weather conditions. Or so we thought! This is supposed to be pretty trouble-free, low maintenance. Four times down, and 9 charge controller failures is not trouble-free, in my book!

I joined a Yahoo discussion group to ask for advice, one whose members are all owners of small wind operations for the home. Some of these guys are incredibly knowledgeable. They all say that off grid systems are never trouble-free. They say never believe manufacturers’ promises, either. They also say that our particular brand of turbine is known for “over-production” in high winds (and this is not a Good Thing, as it may first sound).

The turbine is now laying on its side – a sad, wounded bird! The offending broken part is shown here – does that ‘burnt look’ seem right to you?

Brush/connector block

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

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  1. Things would be a lot better if the manufacturer would take some responsibility and help us fix the problems. I sent this picture to the CEO of the company concerned, asking him why this happened and what we could do to avoid it happening in the future. His response ? it has burned out, replace it ! Didn’t answer either of my questions and gave no indication of why it might have happened and how we could avoid it happening again. Great tech support huh ? Then again this is the same company that supplied us with the charge controller for the turbine. The charge controller that has failed 9 times in six years. His response to my questions about why this keeps happening is to claim I am joking !