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Reducing wind energy costs with a stronger, taller wind turbine towers made from wood modules

Objective

In the next 10 years, European wind power capacity will double. To maximize energy output & turbine efficiency, one of the most promising innovations is high altitude wind power plants. By building taller towers, we can exploit up to 2x stronger winds, lowering the cost of energy.
Modvion is a wood construction engineering company founded in 2016. Our mission is to develop & bring to market the next generation of cost-efficient tall towers for wind turbines in engineered wood – nature's carbon fibre. Modvion’s team grew constantly, with highly specialized people joining the team. This led to our first patent and, currently, another pending patent.
We bring to market the first ever modular wind turbine tower made from laminated wood (LVL). Using Modvion technology, towers can be built, with a larger diameter base. This increases its strength, thus leading to taller & stronger towers. By using engineered wood such as LVL, we were able to develop a structure with 55% more strength than steel per weight.
Modvion’s innovative tower comes in modules that are optimized for strength, ease of transportation & can be efficiently assembled at the installation site. This enables us to go well beyond 150 meters at costs by up to 40% lower resulting in a 6% lower cost of energy.
Modvion is currently preparing the installation of a 30-meter prototype near Gothenburg, Sweden that will be used both as a demonstrator, as well as research basis for the development of other wind turbine components.
In terms of environmental impact, our product shows a zero impact and, compared to alternatives, this impact goes well beyond other market alternatives. As a system made of wood, our turbine tower holds the CO2 captured by trees during their growth & trapped in the tower and can cut 2,000 tons of CO2 per 150m tower when replacing a traditional steel tower.
Through this EIC Accelerator project, we intend to reach TRL9 with our wind turbine tower & start full commercial scale operations.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/paper and wood
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/windpower
  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/construction engineering
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency

Call for proposal

H2020-EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020-3
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Funding Scheme

SME-2b - SME Instrument (grant only and blended finance)

Coordinator

MODVION AB
Address
Holtermansgatan 1D
412 92 Goteborg
Sweden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 2 427 761,88