With the aim of reinforcing cross-regional collaboration taking place within the pilot, the ADMA energy pilot organized two study visits this year. These visits not only brought together experts, but also ignited dynamic conversations and partnerships, unlocking the full potential of offshore energy and hydrogen innovation.
Study visits are a key to boost cross-regional collaborations. They serve as an avenue for stakeholders from different regions to converge, exchange ideas, and explore opportunities that can power the growth of innovation ecosystems. The resulting synergies can catalyze innovation, promote sustainable practices, and ultimately foster a greener future.
The first ADMA study trip was organised and hosted by Scottish Enterprise in Aberdeen, Scotland, between May 30th and June 1st June 2023.
Around 100 people took part in the visit, including ADMA Energy pilot members, staff from Scottish Enterprise, organisations from partner regions, speakers, and local participants. This diverse group spanned business, education, and policy sectors, all active in the field of offshore energy
The morning of the first day was dedicated to the presentation of the ADMA Energy Pilot and Scottish Enterprise activities, branches, and opportunities for collaboration. Additionally, an overview of the offshore wind policy and projects in Scotland and UK was given.
The afternoon session focused on presentations from external local speakers active in the field of offshore energy, and was closed with a networking reception with local companies and international participants and was opened by the Lord Provost of Aberdeen.
On the second day, participants embarked on a boat trip to visit the Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm.
Kincardine is currently the largest floating offshore wind farm in the world at 50MW, it was developed by Principle Power and is located 15 km off the coast of Aberdeen, in waters ranging from 60 to 80m deep, with five floating substructures (WindFloat® units) hosting five 9.5 MW turbines.
On the last day, an overview of the hydrogen and marine energy policy and projects in Scotland was given. To conclude the study visit, a technical meeting among ADMA members was organised.
The last day was the opportunity to showcase the hydrogen and marine energy policies and projects in Scotland, setting the stage for future endeavors. The study visit concluded with a technical meeting among ADMA members, paving the way for new and reinforced partnerships.
The second study trip was organised in collaboration with the hydrogen pilot and hosted by the Malopolska Region during the Hydrogen Pilot Summit on October 5th, 2023. This study visit is part of the large project Strengthening Hydrogen Ecosystem through Cross-Regional Collaboration and Innovation, which aims to promote interactions and collaboration among the regions involved in the Pilots within the Vanguard Initiative.
The morning of the first day was dedicated to a visit at Lukasiewicz Research Network - Institute of Ceramics and Building Materials, a Polish research and development organization which was established to promote innovation, technology transfer and scientific research in Poland. Partners had a chance to visit one of those centres located in Krakow: the Institute of Ceramics and Building Materials.
In the afternoon participants visited the Municipal Transport Company in Krakow which provides public transportation for the Municipality of Krakow. Year by year, there is an increase in modern and zero-emission transportation, including a fleet of hydrogen buses along with a charging station located at the company’s premises. Participants had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the operation of a hydrogen bus and learnt about the elements of refueling such buses.
The visit ended up with a visit at Krakow Technology Park during which participants were acquainted with the activities and services offered by the park as well as with strategic sectors for Malopolska Region.