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Firms to 3D print record-tall wind turbine towers

GE Renewable Energy, Cobod and LafargeHolcim will partner to co-develop wind turbines with optimised 3D printed concrete bases, reaching record heights up to 200 m.

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The three partners will undertake a multi-year collaboration to develop this innovative solution, which will increase renewable energy production while lowering the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) and optimising construction costs. The partners will produce ultimately a wind turbine prototype with a printed pedestal, and a production ready printer and materials range to scale up production.

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The first prototype, a 10-m high tower pedestal, was successfully printed in October 2019 in Copenhagen. By exploring ways to economically develop taller towers that capture stronger winds, the three partners aim to generate more renewable energy per turbine. Building on the industry-leading expertise of each partner, this collaboration aims to accelerate the access and use of renewable energy worldwide. GE Renewable Energy will provide expertise related to […]

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