And just like that our oldest wind turbine went out with a blast. Struck by lightning the small 150 kW Nordtank wind turbine that has been in service since 1993 sustained irreparable damage in a thunder storm on 9th November.
Attempts at harnessing wind power for the electrical grid in the Faroe Islands started in the late seventies on different locations in the Faroe Islands with various outcome. None of the trials proved succesful in the long run, mostly due to the volatile weather conditions on the islands.
The Nordtank wind turbine in Neshagi, which was connected to the grid in 1993 was the first trial project to run for longer than a few years.
In it’s lifetime, this single wind turbine generated 12.8 GWh of electricity to the grid.