The Vanguard Initiative pilot project in Advanced Manufacturing for Energy Related Applications (ADMA Energy) seeks to make Europe the global leader in manufacturing robust, high-integrity components for the marine renewable, traditional offshore energy and subsea industries. The pilot project is being developed across some of the most advanced European regions in this sector, to pool resources and expertise for the benefit of industry.
Long-term goal of the ADMA Energy Pilot
The long-term goal of the ADMA Energy Pilot remains in the creation of new value chains in the growing offshore energy industry, through the provision of support for advanced manufacturing technologies across traditional and emerging sectors and technologies – as well as disruptive innovations related to design, functionality, integration, automation, material, communication etc of the components/systems in “Blue Growth” and subsea domains. This includes new innovations and materials for products, services and processes.
Ultimately, ADMA Energy aims to make Europe the global leader in manufacturing of robust high integrity components and systems for marine renewables, subsea and offshore energy applications, by creating new business opportunities and increased growth for the sector, and helping larger companies strengthen their supply chains by working with innovative SMEs all over Europe, whilst providing smaller companies with new, high-demand customers to grow their businesses. Furthermore, the Pilot aims to facilitate greater knowledge transfer between traditional marine energy sectors, marine renewables and other subsea-related industries.
State of Play at the Pilot
Led by Scotland and the Basque Country, the VI ADMA Energy Pilot brings together 8 European regions, including Asturias, Dalarna, Emilia-Romagna, Flanders, Lombardy and Norte. These regions host a number of stakeholders with particular expertise in this field, including cluster organisations, business networks, enterprise and investment agencies, research and technology organisations, universities, and above all a large, established industrial and advanced manufacturing base in marine renewable energy technologies and wider offshore energy and subsea applications.
State of Play at Demonstration-Case level
The Pilot prioritises its activities around a number of cross-sector industrial challenges in which to prioritise activities and progress demonstration cases.
With the completion of the NeSSIE project in 2019 and the Pilot Action on Sensing & Remote Monitoring in Marine Renewable Energy facilities well underway, the Advanced Manufacturing for Energy Related Applications in Harsh Environments (ADMA Energy) Pilot has embarked on the identification of new areas of interest for the pilot.
In 2019, the ADMA Energy Pilot commissioned a study to report on current insights into technology and innovation needs. Building on this exercise, five specific feasibility studies were carried out to deepen the knowledge and understanding of the current challenges and outlook toward potential focal points therein. Through the feasibility studies, the partnership has been able to identify initial project areas of further collaboration. The feasibility studies cover the following priority areas: power in transfer in the sea, next generation materials for the manufacturing of offshore wind turbines, joining large-scale components, anchoring and mooring and offshore decommissioning.
The ‘Power Transfer in the Sea’ project brief focusses on integrating offshore renewables at sea, the use of offshore energy to produce alternative vectors, including storage, as well as power for related industries at sea, among others. Click here to access the 'Power Transfer in the Sea' feasibility report.
The ‘Next generation materials’ project area focuses on the exploration of the use of lighter materials in offshore wind turbines in the heaviest parts (foundations, tower, nacelle and blades) to reduce costs. Click here to access the 'Next generation materials' feasibility report.
Additional proposed project areas that remain for further exploration include: ‘Joining of large components in harsh environments’ led by Flanders (BE), ‘Mooring and Anchoring’ led by Scotland (UK) and ‘Exploring Decommissioning and Valorisation of Oil & Gas rigs in Sustainable and Circular Economy Frameworks’ led by Emilia Romagna.
Next steps for the Demonstration-Cases
The ADMA Energy pilot is currently advancing the development of priority project areas identified in 2019 and 2020 as new demonstration cases within the Pilot. During the ADMA Energy Partners meeting on 2 July 2020, regional stakeholders came together to discuss the status of the revised project development briefs and decide on a timeline for this year. These proposed project areas are, and will be, pursuing the development of project proposals for targeted funding in the second half of 2020 and early 2021 with the support of the ADMA Energy Pilot partners. The European Green Deal call within Horizon 2020 will be important, as the scope of several expected calls are well-aligned with the scope of the proposed project areas.
North Sea Solutions for Innovation in Corrosion for Energy (NeSSIE)
Corrosion is a major cost, efficiency and safety factor in the operation of offshore and subsea devices. Solving corrosion issues has the potential to bring new devices to the market faster and reduce the levelized cost of energy. NeSSIE (North Sea Solutions for Innovation in Corrosion for Energy) explored the existing knowledge of anti-corrosion technology and novel material solutions in the maritime sector supply chain to develop demonstration projects for offshore renewables in the North Sea. This project, co-funded by the EMFF programme of the European Union, started in May 2017 and ran until April 2019 with the participation of 8 partners from 5 countries. For more information visit: www.nessieproject.com
Marine Renewable Energy Partnership
The ADMA Energy partnership also works in close cooperation with the Marine Renewable Energy Partnership of the Thematic Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy. For more information on the partnership visit: http://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/marine-renewable-energy
|Leading Regions||Associated organisation|
|Basque Country||Cluster de Energía|
|Sociedad para la Transformación Competitiva (SPRI)|
|Charles Abbott charles.abbott [at] scotent.co.uk|
|Aitor Mintegui aitor-mintegui [at] euskadi.eus|