The carbon dioxide absorbed by the trees as they grow is stored in the wooden tower, which means that the wind turbines are climate neutral.
In Björkö, on the outskirts of Gothenburg, a 30-meter-high wooden wind tower has been erected, which they claim to be “the first from Sweden“.
The tower, which was developed by Modvion, has a structure ”as strong as steel“.
The company claims that wooden wind towers can be built at a “significantly” lower cost than steel, reducing the cost of producing electricity from wind power.
The carbon dioxide absorbed by trees as they grow is stored in the wood of the towers, which means that wind turbines are climate neutral from the start of their operation.
The new project will be used for research purposes, with the goal of building the first commercial timber towers by 2022.
This is a breakthrough that paves the way for the next generation of wind turbines. Laminate wood is stronger than steel with the same weight and when built in modules, wind towers can be taller.
Otto Lundman, CEO of Modvion AB
By building in wood, we also reduce carbon dioxide emissions in manufacturing and instead store carbon dioxide in design.