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1 TimberTowers for multi- megawatt wind energy plants Contact: TimberTower GmbH, Vahrenwalder Strasse 7, 30165 Hannover, Germany,

2 The Company Corporate purpose of TimberTower GmbH: Development Distribution Assembly of TimberTowers including foundations for wind energy plants.

3 Our Mission For a long time, wood used to be the first choice in the construction of wind-driven equipment – nowadays, it hardly plays any role in wind turbine construction. This is about to change with the introduction of the TimberTower on the market.

4 Key facts TimberTower GmbH is a spin-off of a Hamburg civil engineering office that operated since 2002 in the field of wind (foundation and tower development and construction supervisory, services) TimberTower GmbH was founded in march 2008 in Hannover Managing Directors: Gregor Prass, Holger Giebel Investors: MBG, KfW, hif, NBank, private investors

5 The Market Average annual growth over past 5 years: 30% Growth forecast: 20% p.a. until 2012 Construction of approx.100,000 wind energy plants worldwide by 2012 Achievable market potential for timber made towers: 20% equivalent to 20.000 towers TimberTower will be No. 1 supplier in timber design and manufacturing for wind energy towers TimberTower will support all aspects from design to assembling

6 Why using a TimberTower? The demand on new tower concepts is market driven: sustainable cost efficient local production content transportable The TimberTower combines the market requirements as a product

7 Main advantages Energy production in tune with nature: The TimberTower is a 99 per cent natural product. It is carbon-neutral and easily recyclable. Groundbreaking cost effectiveness: Depending on size and location, the TimberTower can produce savings of up to 20% for each project. A logistic revolution: Delivered on-site in 40 ft containers, the TimberTower allows for easy access to almost any location worldwide.

8 Construction Technical Characteristics: The tower is a closed polygonal hollow body The material is a composite from cross-laminated timber and surface material components Prefabrication of timber panels including fasteners in the production process Heights of up to 160 Meter are feasible On-site assembling

9 Construction Production of timber panels including all fasteners in the supplier factory. A constructive coating is applied to the outside of the timber panels.

10 Transport About 10 conventional trucks are used to transport the tower components of a 100m TimberTower

11 Interior fittings The tower interior is based on a preassembled frame which includes all components such as lighting, ladder system, power system and working planes

12 Assembly of tower components The panels are positioned along the frame and interconnected. The weight of the wind turbine is borne only by the panels and not by the frame.

13 Surface protection By welding the joints, the surface of the tower is closed

14 Advantages timber vs. steel Better damping over steel Higher fatigue strength The weight specific strength of timber is higher than the weight specific strength of steel The fire resistance of timber is higher than fire resistance of steel, as steel looses its strength quicker The durability of timber is increased when the surface is coated and used sub consequently in an protected environment

15 Certification of wind energy plants Wind Energy Plants need to be type certified! Certification basis is IEC 61400 The certification based on the Germanischer Lloyd (GL) rules Additionally in Denmark and Germany has to be followed a type certification on the Guidance Material for Wind Energy Plants of DIBt (Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik) Type certification by German TÜV is completed for the first wind energy plant with an TimberTower

16 The Material Cross-laminated timber is produced from cross-wise laminated spruce board layers. The cross-wise arrangement of longitudinal and lateral slats reduces moisture expansion and shrinkage of the panel to an insignificant minimum and produces a considerable increase in static load capacity and strength of shape. The exclusive use of kiln dried timber with a wood humidity of 12% (+/- 2%) excludes destructive vermine, insect or mold infestation.

17 The Material In the production of the solid wood components, great emphasize is laid on the employment of contemporary, energy efficient and environmentally friendly production methods. The solid wood panels are conform to emission class E0. This allows for their clean thermal disposal, as residue-free as for non-laminated wood. The PEFC Certificate of Endorsement of our timber suppliers guarantees that the raw material used in our product has been produced in ecologically, economically and socially sound ways.


19 Project partner: Vensys Energy AG:Supplier of wtg´s KLH Massivholz GmbH:Supplier of timber Stora Enso: Supplier of timber Cordes Ing. Holzbau GmbH:Tower assembling Purbond GmbH:Supplier bonding technology Sika Deutschland GmbH:Supplier surface protection SFS intec:Screws Scientific support: University of Hannover MPA Wiesbaden TU Dresden Partners of TimberTower

20 TimberTower proven by Nature strong by design

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