Advanced Manufacturing for Energy Related Applications in Harsh Environments

About the Pilot

Launched in 2013, the Advanced Manufacturing for Energy Related Applications in Harsh Environments (ADMA) Pilot is an innovation community dedicated to integrating the Blue Sustainable Economy value chain. Led by Emilia-Romagna and Lombardia, ADMA leverages the strategic geographic advantages of its nine Member regions, which possess a specialised ecosystem in offshore technologies, including cluster organisations, research institutions, and an advanced manufacturing base in marine renewable energy and wider offshore energy and subsea applications.

Through research, innovation, and development, ADMA's regions are establishing themselves as global leaders in offshore renewables. By reducing dependence on conventional fossil fuels, offshore renewables enhance energy security, foster sustainable energy systems, attract investments, and drive economic growth and prosperity for the regions.

Activities & Long Term Goals

Europe’s regions pioneering in advancing Offshore Energy Value Chains.

ADMA's regions are dedicated to deepening their knowledge and understanding of the offshore renewables sector. Feasibility studies drive breakthroughs in advanced manufacturing technologies covering design, functionality, integration, automation, materials, and communication for components and systems.

The Pilot supports demo cases to reach commercialisation by facilitating funding access for pilot activities and demonstration projects. Collaboration between larger companies and innovative SMEs stimulates sector growth and strengthens supply chains across Europe, providing new business opportunities and expansion for smaller companies.

Powering Cross-Sector Innovation.

The ADMA Energy Pilot recognises the significance of cross-cutting issues, cross-sectoral knowledge exchange and synergies with other Vanguard Initiative Pilots as well as complementary EU networks and initiatives. One notable connection is with the Hydrogen Pilot.

In a specific demo Case, the ADMA Energy Pilot envisions electricity production, both offshore and onshore, to support the production of green hydrogen. This demonstrates the interconnectedness of renewable energy generation and the potential for offshore energy to contribute to the production of clean hydrogen.

Additionally, ADMA collaborates closely with the VI Nano-enabled Products Pilot, focusing on manufacturing new materials, as those hold immense potential enhancing the performance and durability of offshore energy components and systems.

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
Friuli Venezia Giulia
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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.

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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 2023: ADMA

The report is available here.

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Action Plan 2024: ADMA

The Action Plan is available here.

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.

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.