Firms to produce wooden turbine blades to give wind industry ‘sustainable future’

By Ian Griggs
Windpower Monthly
November 15, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Under the partnership, German start-up company Voodin and Swedish firm Stora Enso will begin producing blades made from laminated veneer lumber (LVL).  They are currently producing a 20m blade for a 0.5MW turbine near Warburg in Germany by the end of the year and they also have plans to produce an 80m blade made from the material.   Stora Enso said the partnership was devised to provide an innovative solution to replace “less environmentally-friendly materials” with renewable products made from wood.  Blades for wind turbines are typically produced with fibreglass and carbon fibre, as well as “energy-intensive” plastics that cannot easily be recycled and the firms said “tens of thousands” of them end up in landfills.  The firms said that developing blades made from sustainable wood made them lighter and would reduce dependency on fossil fuels.

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