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World's tallest wooden wind turbine starts turning

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🗞️ Driving the news: Swedish start-up Modvion has constructed the world's tallest wooden wind turbine tower, marking a significant innovation in renewable energy technology 
The 150-meter tower, located near Gothenburg, features a 2 megawatt generator powering approximately 400 homes

🔭 The context: Traditionally, steel has been the primary material for turbine towers; however, transporting large steel components to construction sites poses logistical challenges 
Modvion's wooden turbine offers a solution with its modular design, easier transportation, and potential for taller structures

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Wooden turbines represent a sustainable alternative to steel, reducing the carbon footprint of wind power generation 
The use of wood in turbines is carbon-negative, as it stores carbon dioxide absorbed by trees

⏭️ What's next: Modvion plans to scale up production, aiming to build more wooden turbines and potentially open a facility by 2027 for mass production 
The company's goal is for wooden turbines to comprise 10% of the annual global turbine installations in the next decade

💬 One quote: "Wood and glue is the perfect combination, we've known that for hundreds of years” (David Olivegren, co-founder of Modvion)

📈 One stat: The wooden turbine tower is made of 144 layers of laminated veneer lumber, exemplifying innovative use of materials in renewable energy infrastructure

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