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Making bamboo a high tech material for large wind turbine blades

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Join the Zero Carbon Society for our second talk of the term, given by Dr. Jim Platts of the Engineering Department.

This talk is titled ‘Making bamboo a high tech material for large wind turbine blades’. Wind energy is becoming an increasingly important contribution to global energy demands. In the UK, it recently exceeded nuclear in its power generation. In this talk, Jim Platts will discuss the use of bamboo for wind turbines, and how this is transforming the wind energy sector. Bamboo has been used for 30 years in the production of some of the best performing wind turbine blades in Europe – over 20,000 large wind turbine blades, using birch from Finland. More recent developments in China using bamboo extend the potential of this naturally occurring and totally sustainable high tech material for renewable energy generation.

The talk will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 12th November, in the William Thatcher Room, Wilson Court in Fitzwilliam College (a right turn out of the Porters’ Lodge). We hope to see you there!

This talk is part of the Cambridge Zero Carbon Society series.

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