CEMEX innovative concrete technology to be used for offshore windmill foundations - CEMEX innovative concrete technology to be used for offshore windmill foundations
September 29, 2022
- CEMEX is part of a consortium that has received funding from the European Commission to build a full-scale prototype for a floating offshore windmill.
- CEMEX will design a unique high-performance lightweight Vertua solution to use in the foundation of the offshore windmill.
- Supporting the development of clean energy solutions aligns with CEMEX’s Future in Action program.
CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (“CEMEX”) announced today that it is part of a consortium that has received a grant from the European Commission to build a full-scale prototype of a floating offshore windmill with a concrete foundation. CEMEX will design and produce a unique high-performance and lightweight concrete for this unprecedented use in an optimized low-carbon structure for offshore windfarms.
CEMEX has agreed to provide its expertise in concrete technology, chemical admixtures, and special aggregates to design a specialty mix that is lightweight, resistant to ocean conditions, and lower carbon, facilitating a floating foundation with a reduced CO2 footprint. CEMEX will also support the consortium with technical assistance in the industrialization and supply chain of concrete for the project.
“We are excited to be part of this groundbreaking renewable energy pilot. Vertua concrete was created specifically to enable ambitious low-carbon projects such as this one,” said Fernando A. González, CEO of CEMEX. “This project demonstrates our continued commitment to sustainability and innovation.”
The consortium is led by ESTEYCO, a leading civil engineering and architecture consulting firm with over 50 years of global experience that developed a proprietary technology named Wind Hybrid Esteyco Evolution for Low-carbon solutions (WHEEL). One element of this technology replaces traditional steel used in floating platforms with lightweight, lower-carbon Vertua concrete.
The European Commission’s climate targets for 2030 and 2050 rely on an ambitious strategy that that promotes the development of clean energy such as offshore windfarms in Europe’s five sea basins. The WHEEL project seeks to enable this ambition.
The consortium includes leading companies such as 2-BENERGY, BOSKALIS, ROVER MARITIME, TENERIFE SHIPYARD, BRIDON-BEKAERT, VICINAY, PLOCAN, FIHAC, and EnBW. With the financing support of the European Commission, the consortium will work to install a 6MW 2-bladed downwind turbine on the WHEEL platform near the Canary Islands in Spain by 2025.
This project aligns with CEMEX’s flagship Future in Action program, which seeks to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. A key element of Future in Action is innovation and partnerships, participating in projects such as this with other companies working to mitigate climate change.
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