CEC Awards $1.25 M to Develop and Test 3D-Printed, Concrete Wind Turbines

Published by , December 5, 2017 1:07 pm

(3Ders.org) RCAM Technologies was recently awarded a $1.25-million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to develop and test 3D printing technology which will enable the construction of concrete turbine towers in place at the project site. Using 3D printing on-site could point the way forward for the wind power industry, as it would allow the same huge turbines to be used without the prohibitive logistical costs.
If the project proves successful, 3D printing could be used to build turbines almost twice as big as existing ones. RCAM Technologies wants to use reinforced concrete additive manufacturing technology to erect towers 140 meters or higher. The company was founded by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) alumnus Jason Cotrell, who left NREL in May to pursue grant funding to develop the technology.

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