Fayette turbine generator in Dayton for repairs 2011.12.21

Written by David Green.

The wind keeps blowing, the turbine never moves.

The question Fayette school superintendent Russ Griggs hears most often is about the non-functioning wind turbine on the school property.

The 250kW unit went out of service in early October and was disassembled as technicians tried to track down the cause of the malfunction.

The 3,300 pound generator was removed and transported to the Koontz-Wagner electrical contractor facility in Bryan, but later moved to the company’s Lima location for warranty work to begin. Due to damage inside the generator, the equipment must be completely rewound.

The work is expected to be complete by Jan. 6 and the generator will be placed back in the turbine tower soon after that, depending on weather conditions and the availability of a crane. When the equipment was disassembled, the turbine company brought in a large crane from Cleveland.

A short circuit put the turbine out of operation and engineers first suspected a problem with the cable that transports power from the generator down the tower. 

No problems were found with the cable and engineers are now convinced that faulty insulation in the generator caused it to burn out.

  • Front.splash
    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
  • Front.drum
    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
  • Front.art.park
    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016