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Jul 27, 2023 - What Happens When a Wind Turbine Gets Struck By Lightning?



You might be surprised to learn this is not rare. To wind turbines, ‘getting struck by lightning’ is less like bad luck and more like an inevitability. Wind turbines are so easy for lightning to hit that they’ve been captured attracting a bolt every three seconds during a storm. On average, each wind turbine blade gets struck 1-20 times each year, depending on how storm-prone the location. So how does a wind turbine take hundreds of bolts of lightning over its lifetime and stay standing? In this video we’re going to find out about the science of lightning strikes and the tricks engineers use to make sure getting struck by lightning is no big deal. And we’re going to find out what happens when they get it wrong.