During the Matchmaking Day, 4 innovative SMEs pitched their ideas at the innovation market. Find their ideas here:
With over 10.000 kg of 3D printed metal objects and over 40 man-years of experience since 2015, MX3D is the company that developed large-scale robotic wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) and made 3D metal printing more flexible, bigger, faster and cheaper. With 8 industrial robots, MX3D has a large production capacity. Their skilled production team is used to deliver challenging projects on time and within budget. They are looking to extend their business in offshore wind with their innovative 3D printing technique. They expect 3D printing to become increasingly important for repair and spare parts strategy for many offshore companies. Have a look at https://mx3d.com/ to find out more about their projects (including their 4.5 tons fully printed bridge!) and reach out to us if you have an interesting challenge in mind. More information can be found on their website.
NigeQ Vortex Solutions
NigeQ Vortex Solutions is new in the wind energy sector. With its technology based on the "New School" aerodynamics, their revolutionary Blade Tip significantly increases wind turbine yields, reduces wear on surrounding wind turbines and reduces noise production by eliminating the vortex induced drag turbulence behind the wind turbine. You will certainly hear from them! More information can be found on their website.
Ocean Grazer is developing a scalable and modular energy storage solution for offshore wind farms with a very high roundtrip efficiency and an unlimited amount of cycles. The first prototype will be demonstrated in at Groningen Sea Ports during the course of this year. The next step will be a demonstration in deep sea waters preferably in combination with renewable power resulting a wind farm. They looking for partners to jointly develop such a project. More information can be found on their website.
TouchWind has designed an offshore wind turbine which features an angled one-piece rotor installed on a floating foundation. The company claims that its 200-meter rotor is capable of an energy output of 12.5 MW. It is also said to be capable to handle wind speeds of up to 70 m/s. TouchWind and its partners have received a € 2.8 million grant from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy to support a three year validation program called Proof-of-principle for a floating offshore wind turbine concept. The subsidy was granted under the umbrella of the 'Topsector Energy subsidy of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy'.
TouchWind's partners include VDL Mast Solutions B.V., Nidec Netherlands B.V., Tres4 B.V. (We4Ce) and institutes TU Delft, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering and Maritime Research Institute Netherlands. To date, the consortium has secured € 3.55 million in total. More information can be found on their website.