23 November 2022
by Sarah Morgan

Partnership to develop wind turbine blades from wood

Stora Enso and Voodin Blade Technology GmbH have signed an agreement to develop wind turbine blades from wood.

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They will be committed to developing sustainable alternatives for wind turbine blades and creating a competitive and reliable supply chain.

They are currently producing and installing a 20m blade for a 0.5MW turbine and have plans for an 80m blade.

Voodin Blades is a German-based start-up company developing rotor blades for wind turbines. Stora Enso is a global supplier of mass timber products, including LVL (laminated veneer lumber), a construction material suitable for wind power construction.

By developing blades with 100% sustainable wood, Stora Enso and Voodin Blades seek to make the blades lighter and reduce the overall dependency on fossil fuel extraction.

The first 20m blade will be developed using Stora Enso’s LVL, a mass timber product that has a high load-bearing capacity that supports large-scale rotary blades. The blade will be installed on a 0.5MW turbine near Warburg, Germany, by the end of 2022.