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RCAM Technologies to purchase CyBe GR gantry robot system

Accelerating the development of the renewable energy sector with 3D concrete printing

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RCAM Technologies, an industry-leading provider of 3D printed concrete solutions dedicated to offshore renewable energy, has signed a deal to purchase a state-of-the-art gantry robot system – the CyBe GR – from CyBe Construction, a front-runner in the field of 3D concrete printing technologies. By harnessing the groundbreaking capabilities of the CyBe GR, RCAM is set to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy by reducing costs and environmental impacts associated with manufacturing its infrastructure.

RCAM Technologies to purchase CyBe GR gantry system - accelerating the development of the renewable energy sector with 3D concrete printing.

Since its inception in 2017, RCAM Technologies has developed several innovative concrete solutions including energy storage pods, anchors, and substructures for floating renewable energy applications such as floating solar, wave, and wind energy, as well as land-based wind turbine towers and foundations. Each of these innovative concrete products is designed to be manufactured cost-effectively, sustainably, and domestically utilizing local labor and material supply chains. Without solutions like these, technologies manufactured abroad will need to be imported to meet the rapidly growing demand for renewable energy.

RCAM Technologies to purchase CyBe GR gantry system - accelerating the development of the renewable energy sector with 3D concrete printing. CyBe Construction’s CyBe GR prints at 500 millimeters per second – the fastest print speed on the market – while maintaining superior, consistent quality. This ability allows for rapid, nonstop, wet-on-wet production for optimal strength and adhesion.

The newly acquired printer will be housed by RCAM Technologies’ dockside facility inside the 400,000-square-foot AltaSea campus at the Port of Los Angeles. In 2022, RCAM Technologies created the only port-side 3D concrete printing research and development facility in the world, and will be expanding this capability further with the CyBe GR. The integration of the CyBe GR into the company’s workflow signals a game-changing shift in renewable energy construction methodology. It directly addresses the inefficiencies of traditional concrete construction methods, high costs, labor-intensive processes, and significant carbon footprints – propelling the industry into a new era of efficiency and sustainability.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) are key supporters of this joint effort. The acquisition of the CyBe GR was facilitated in part by NYSERDA’s program opportunity notice funding for Energy Storage Technology and Product Development, with RCAM’s selection for an award announced in September 2022. NYSERDA’s award supported the development of a 3D concrete printed marine pumped hydroelectric storage system that integrates directly with offshore wind development in support of grid resiliency and reduced reliance on fossil fuel plants to meet periods of peak electric demand. CEC’s grant funding opportunity for Advancing Designs for Floating Offshore Wind Mooring Lines and Anchors also supported the acquisition.

RCAM Technologies to purchase CyBe GR gantry system - accelerating the development of the renewable energy sector with 3D concrete printing.

“This transformative technology takes us leaps and bounds beyond our current capabilities, paving the way for a more sustainable, cost-effective future, aligned with RCAM’s forward-thinking mission,” said Jason Cotrell, Founder and CEO of RCAM.

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