With dams and power stations, geosynthetic reinforcement can be used to replace more conventional and significantly more expensive concrete retaining walls. For example, the use of a Naue m3 system for the wing walls of a hydropower station in Turkey saved 40% on the originally proposed concrete wall design. The use of Secugrid® geogrids and nonwoven geotextiles in the MSE system also replaced what would have required 700 trucks of special concrete pour.
Whether construction is new or a site is being rehabilitated, geosynthetics make hydroelectric power applications more economical and efficient. Waterways can be deepened, retaining walls can be built with signifi cantly smaller carbon footprints, erosion can be removed from the system, stored water supplies can be more sustainable, and much more.