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‘World’s first’ Wooden Wind Turbine Blades Installed in Germany

11 June 2024

German wind turbine blade maker Voodin Blade Technology (Voodin) has announced the first-ever real installation of its wood-based blades on a wind turbine in Breuna, Germany.

These 63-foot (19.3-meter) long blades are made from something called laminated veneer lumber (LVL). This wood-based laminate material is considered more sustainable than existing fiberglass and other synthetic composites used to make wind turbine blades.

More importantly, the blades should be easier to decommission and recycle once their lifespan expires. Since most wind turbine blades have a shelf life of around 20 to 25 years, replacing and disposing of older blades will be a big headache in the coming years. 

Currently, most wind turbine blades are buried at life’s end as the material they are made of cannot be readily recycled.

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