DN, one of Sweden’s biggest daily papers, published an article on the 26th June 2023 highlighting that the build for Modvion’s first commercial wind turbine tower is underway. In the print version of the article Modvion was already mentioned on the front page with a full page article coming on page eight. The prominent placement speaks volumes to the public interest in Modvion’s wooden wind turbine tower technology.
Journalist Simon Campanello and photojournalist Tomas Ohlsson joined us on site to see the build in action and they interviewed co-founders, David Olivegren (Concept Engineer) and Otto Lundman (CEO).
Here is a short summary in English and you can ready the full article at DN (Swe).
In the municipality of Skara, a 105 meter high wind turbine tower is built entirely in wood. The technology can provide higher, cheaper and more environmentally friendly wind turbines.
– We reduce emissions by over 100 percent, says Modvion CEO Otto Lundman.
On the gravel, three sections are complete. 15 meter high silos painted in wind power grey, where on the surface they are hard to distinguish from the finished turbines on the other side of the trees. It will be one of many almost identical towers rising in the area. But on the inside you can see that the walls are built of thick layers of laminated spruce instead of steel.
Gothenburg-based Modvion’s first commercial tower, with its 105 meters, will become the tallest wooden wind turbine in the world. With the rotor blades, it reaches a total height of around 150 meters and it is estimated to be able to deliver around 6 gigawatt hours of electricity per year.
– It is the same as a traditional wind turbine of the same size. It will be the first of its kind, and for us it is extremely important to be involved and show that the technology works, says Björn Sjöström, CEO of Varberg Energi, which commissioned the tower.
Modvion believes that the construction of wood is superior not only for environmental reasons, but because the wind turbines have the potential to be more profitable, easier to transport and can be built higher than conventional towers.
– We reduce emissions by over 100 percent. How is that possible? Well, because wood is a carbon sink it will in total become negative emissions, says CEO Otto Lundman.
Take a look at the full article at DN (Swe)
All credit for images goes to DN/Tomas Ohlsson.