GE Renewable Energy, COBOD and LafargeHolcim co-develop wind turbine towers with 3D-printed concrete bases

GE Renewable Energy, COBOD and LafargeHolcim have partnered to co-develop wind turbines with up to 200 metre height using 3D printed concrete bases. The three partners will sign a multi-year collaboration to develop this innovative solution, which will increase renewable energy production and lower the levellised cost of energy. It is also expected to optimise construction costs and reduce logistical constraints. As part of the partnership, GE Renewable Energy will provide expertise related to the design, manufacture and commercialisation of wind turbines. COBOD will focus on robotics automation and 3D printing. LafargeHolcim will design the tailor-made concrete material and will be involved in its processing and application. The first prototype using the same technology had a 10 metre high tower pedestal and was successfully printed in October 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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