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Wooden Windmills From Swedish Startup Promise Easier Mobility

By Brian Spaen

Have you ever seen how massive wind turbines are up close? The most frequent turbine from GE that has a capacity of 1.5 megawatts has blades that stretch out to 116 feet and are attached to a 212-foot tower. Some can reach over 400 feet combined, and they’ll only get bigger as time goes on. It’s getting very hard to transport them, which is why one company is creating wooden turbines that are assembled on-site.

Modvion, a Swedish startup, will be creating wooden towers that can be assembled after being transported. While the blades are huge, the towers remain the biggest part of the turbine. The reason for having a wooden tower is they will be 30 percent cheaper to manufacture when compared to the alternatives.

According to Bloomberg, onshore wind generation is already one of the cheapest renewable power sources. It’s right down there with solar photovoltaic cells and is much cheaper than natural gas. The tower itself is roughly 12 percent of a wind turbine’s total cost. Modvion hopes to address that issue along with the growing wind industry.