Saving resources with a new wind turbine foundation design

FuturENERGY February 2020

As wind turbine technology continues to evolve, constant innovation is required as regards their foundations. Reducing the amount of material used, construction times, and consequently, the costs, while retaining the simplicity of the construction, is vital. But the increase in size of the wind turbines imposes increasingly greater loads on the tower and consequently, on the foundation, requiring all these components to be balanced out. In response, the engineering team from CTE Wind has developed the Soft-Spot® foundation for onshore wind turbines, which has already been implemented in several countries around the world. This foundation design optimises the use of resources, as it saves on both concrete and reinforcement bars in addition to requiring less space for its construction…