Advanced Manufacturing for Energy Related Applications in Harsh Environments

About the Pilot

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.

Led by Scotland and the Basque Country, the VI ADMA Energy Pilot brings together seven European regions, including Asturias, Dalarna, Emilia-Romagna, Flanders and Lombardy. 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.

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.

Activities & Long Term Goals

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.

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.

Current demo cases explored include: ‘Power Transfer in the Sea' and ‘Next generation materials’. Additional proposed project areas that remain for further exploration include: ‘Joining of large components in harsh environments’ led by Flanders (BE) and ‘Exploring Decommissioning and Valorisation of Oil & Gas rigs in Sustainable and Circular Economy Frameworks’ led by Emilia Romagna.

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.

Co-Leading Regions
Pilot Contacts
Stefano Valentini

Emilia Romagna region, primary contact person

Carmen Di Santo

Lombardy region, secondary contact person

Participating Regions
Basque Country
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Demo Cases

ADMA technical webinars 2023

1st ADMA Technical webinar - 14 December 2022.

European Week of Regions and Cities: Vanguard Initiative Regions boosting the Green Transition

VI regions hosted a seminar during the European Week of Regions and Cities, to present how they lead by example in achieving the Green Transition and sup

Emilia-Romagna Region and Lombardy Region new co-leads for ADMA

The energy transition and a rapid shift towards a more distributed renewable energy production system call for urgent actions.

windmill, wind turbines, turbines
ADMA Energy takes part in the webinar “Offshore Renewable Energy: emerging opportunities for the offshore industry”

On November 9th, ART-ER (the business development agency of Emilia Romagna) in collaboration wit


The Atlantic Maritime Strategy was adopted in 2011 to support the sustainable development of the blue economy in the EU Member States borderi

Annual Report 2022: ADMA

The report is available

Action Plan 2023: ADMA

The Action Plan is available

Annual Report 2021: ADMA

The report is available here.

PIlot action plan 2020: ADMA Energy

The ADMA Energy Pilot action plan builds on the work carried out in 2019 and aims at presenting the expected objectives for 2020 in relation to the proposed project development.

Pilot Annual Report 2020: ADMA Energy

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Pilot action plan 2021: ADMA Energy

The ADMA Energy Pilot action plan builds on the work carried out in 2020 and aims at presenting the expected objectives for 2021 in relation to the proposed project development.

ADMA Energy Flyer

This general flyer provides an introduction to the ADMA Energy Pilot and its activities. 

Power Transfer in the Sea Feasibility Report

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. 

Next Generation Materials 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.

Anchoring and Mooring Feasibility Report

Among other feasibility topics explored is the subject of Anchoring and Mooring. 

Joining of Large Scale Components Feasibility Report

An additional priority are for the ADMA Energy Pilot includes the Joining of large scale components. 

Offshore Decommissioning Feasibility Report

Additional proposed project areas that remain for further exploration include Exploring Decommissioning and Valorisation of Oil & Gas rigs in Sustainable and Circular Economy Frameworks


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. 


DOCC-OFF is an EU-funded project (Project 863696 – DOCC-OFF – EMFF-BlueEconomy-2018), in which HINE, XABET, SIRRIS, and the Basque Energy Cluster are working in collaboration to outline a condition monitoring strategy which may reduce the impact of some hydraulic pitch system failure modes on the wind turbine´s design load cases.

As a subsystem, the hydraulic pitch system is critical for the functionality of the wind turbine generator as it is the responsible for the input wind power control by regulating pitch angle of the blades.

In that sense, the consortium is devoted to identifying otherwise critical failure modes on the hydraulic pitch subsystem which may be made non-critical, or whose criticality may be reduced, via condition monitoring, and to develop a digital platform to capture and manage the operating data to detect and predict the identified failure modes in time.

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.