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

Project description

Going higher to produce more power

High altitude wind power plants are the future of wind energy production. Since wind tends to blow faster and more constantly the higher you go, taller towers can lower the cost of energy. The EU-funded Modvion project is developing the next generation of cost-efficient tall towers. Specifically, it will bring to market the first ever modular wind turbine tower made from laminated wood (LVL), which can be built with a larger diameter base and have 55 % more strength than steel per weight. Compared to the traditional steel tower, the wooden tower is also better for the environment, with CO2 storage instead of emissions. A 150 m tall first commercial installation near Gothenburg, Sweden, will be used as a demonstrator and the basis for research into the development of other wind turbine components.

Field of science

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

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