Switzerland-based building materials maker, LafargeHolcim has signed a contract with GE Renewable Energy, and 3D construction printing company COBOD to co-develop wind turbines with optimized 3D printed concrete bases, reaching record heights up to 200 meters. This is developed on the back of the concept that taller towers capture stronger winds, thereby generating more energy at a lower cost.
The three partners will undertake a multi-year collaboration to develop this solution, which will increase renewable energy production while lowering the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) and optimizing construction costs. The first prototype, a 10-meter high tower pedestal, was successfully printed in October 2019 in Copenhagen.
“We will produce a wind turbine prototype with a printed pedestal, and a production-ready printer and materials range to scale up production. By exploring ways to economically develop taller towers that capture stronger winds, the three partners aim to generate more renewable energy per turbine,” the company said in it’s an official statement.
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