Fire suppression for wind turbines
Fire protection for wind turbines is becoming increasingly important due to the growing share of wind energy in the overall power supply and the increasing density of buildings.
Advances in technological development are also minimizing the fire risks of wind turbines. Nevertheless, additional measures such as automatic fire suppression systems are still required when wind turbines are erected in and near forests, close to residential areas and in nature conservation areas. While wind turbine fires are generally comparable to other fires in electrical areas, the fire protection solutions must meet more stringent requirements due to their difficult accessibility.
Automatic fire suppression systems are ideal for providing additional protection against damage and operational downtime or fire spreading to the surrounding area.
Extinguishing systems for wind turbines must meet certain requirements in order to function effectively and be economical at the same time. For example, local storage of the extinguishing agent directly at the point of risk in the nacelle is important in order to avoid having to pull pipes into the wind turbines. Maintenance costs also play a major role, as wind turbines are difficult and expensive to reach due to their height and often remote locations. A large number of factors determine whether cabinets, the nacelle or the tower are to be extinguished individually or in combination.
Stat-X® aerosol fire suppression systems are easily scalable and extinguish fires by flooding the nacelle, individual cabinets or the tower of the wind turbine with a potassium aerosol that interrupts the chain reaction of the fire. The fire is extinguished within a few seconds before it can spread and cause major damage and danger. The aerosol remains in the gondola for up to two hours, ensuring a high level of post-fire safety. No pipes or storage tanks are required and the system is not under pressure.