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kc23/11/2020 19:04:33
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My question was " has anyone seen reports from any other country stating lack of balsa supplies due to balsa being diverted to wind turbine production"

Former Member23/11/2020 19:15:13
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Gary Murphy 123/11/2020 19:21:23
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Posted by Trevor Crook on 21/11/2020 22:18:57:
Posted by Gary Murphy 1 on 21/11/2020 10:42:13:

I think you guys are missing the point. Balsa is not used in the construction of the blades. The balsa is burned to power the Chinese factories that make them. Then me buy the wind turbines to save the planet,the same turbines that spend more time not spinning than spinning in the UK, well at least the ones near me.

Well some must be spinning somewhere in the UK. Just checked a live power generation website at 10.15pm on Saturday evening, and wind power is generating 9.29 GW, 34.5% of the grid demand.

Could you please keep me posted daily ,then I might change my mind. Perhaps the ones in east sussex only work at night.

Tony Richardson23/11/2020 19:42:21
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Balsa is in short supply here in Canada too, I do not believe they are burning it in factories as they have ample coal supplies for that purpose, the story this side of the pond is the same as yours, wind turbine blades are constructed with a balsa core which is using a huge amount of the available balsa.

Hopefully suppliers will meet that demand and have some decent wood to supply those of us that like to build, maybe as its a fast growing tree an increase in plantation size or the number of plantations will achieve this, until then we sit and wait patiently..

dave windymiller23/11/2020 22:47:38
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See secrets of the mega factories on more4 now! Shows your balsa supplies disappearing!

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Edited By dave windymiller on 23/11/2020 22:48:13

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