Wind turbine blades are often made from Balsa wood (Ochroma pyramidale). The illegal harvest and trade of Balsa wood in Peru appears to be growing as demand outstrips supply in neighboring Ecuador. Will the clean energy of the future be powered by illegally harvested timber?

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Wind turbine blades of Balsa wood

GE claims its Haliade-X 13 MW offshore wind turbine is the biggest and most powerful offshore wind turbine in the world. It’s blades are 107 meters long (351 ft) and made from fiberglass fabric and Balsa wood.

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