Why not with four meters of snow at twenty degrees below zero with wind speeds whipping up to 150 kilometers per hour? Such conditions prevail in winter at the hydrometeorological station up on Lysá hora mountain. We placed our furniture around its premises, located 1,323 meters above sea level. A similar set of benches were installed in the Sonberk winery in Popice near Mikulov, which is contrarily one of the warmest and driest places in the country. The choice of both locations was not random. We are testing Thermowood - how it can withstand mechanical and climatic loads.
Resistant tropical wood. Something seemingly ideal for street furniture or outdoor furniture. However, there is one problem associated with its use – a considerable carbon footprint. That is why the Egoé group has long been dealing the possibilities of using Thermowood in its products. It starts with ordinary European wood, which acquires most of the properties of tropical wood through the process of thermization. The benefits are clear: use of local resources, limiting shipping, long-term sustainability.
Testing on Lysá hora and beneath the Pálava Hills near Mikulov is to verify the expected properties of Thermowood. So we fitted the products with sensors recording temperature and humidity. The data is evaluated online in cooperation with Vodafone within the framework of IoT. We have been collecting data since last November, and thus far, all indications are that Thermowood could become a suitable replacement for tropical wood even in such stressed products as garden furniture or street furniture. Testing will be finished at the end of 2021, when pilot operation of Egoé’s own thermization line is scheduled to begin in Bílovice.