A few days ago, foreign media reported that concrete 3D printing startup RCAM Technologies and IT service provider Accucode, Inc. will jointly develop large 3D printed concrete structures for offshore wind turbines.
The two parties have established a partnership and plan to complete preliminary work in the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and further development at Accucode's Colorado Springs site.
According to RCAM, the company hopes to use 3D printing in the development of onshore and offshore wind turbine towers and substructures, thereby reducing the cost of traditional high-tower technology by half.
Previously, RCAM had collaborated with the University of California, Irvine to develop and test a low-cost 3D printing method for terrestrial wind turbine towers, and received funding from California Energy Commission Grant EPC-17-023. The next step is 3D printing of concrete for offshore wind turbines.
Nowadays, the research and application of concrete 3D printing technology are more and more, and the application in the construction of offshore wind power stations is only one of them. In the United States alone, there are related projects such as the Technical University of Valencia, Pennsylvania State University, MIT and the Catalan Institute of Advanced Architecture (IaaC). In terms of applications, the US Marine Corps Systems Command and the US Army Corps of Engineers have begun using the technology for rapid construction of temporary barracks.