3D printed offshore wind foundations made of basalt-fiber reinforced concrete get funding

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RCAM Technologies, a developer of 3D printed offshore wind turbine foundations made of basalt-fiber reinforced concrete is one of two totaling about $1.9 million.

The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium announced two winning projects for awards total $1,865,000 to support further development of their technologies.

The first project team, led by RCAM Technologies is working on 3D concrete support structure for offshore wind turbines, manufactured of basalt fiber reinforced concrete.

The offshore wind turbine foundations will be manufactured in the nearest port plant and delivered to the installation site by sea to significantly reduce logistics costs. Moreover, due to basalt fiber that is resistant to sea water and the alkaline media in concrete, the foundations are durable having a longer life-span.

This Consortium award will enable us to develop our innovative fixed-bottom foundation concept that removes barriers and reduces costs for U.S. offshore wind deployments, while supporting the growth of our offshore wind supply chain,

said Jason Cotrell, CEO, RCAM.

The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium was founded in 2018 with the aim to develop cost-effective and responsible development of offshore wind and to maximize
economic benefit.

In 2019 RCAM Technologies was included in top four additive manufacturing start-ups providing a significant impact on the global energy industry according to StartUs Insights.

Translated by Olga Yurchenko


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