General – Award
GBM Works is the winner of the jury award of the Offshore Wind Innovators Award 2021.
The company convinced the jury with their innovative installation method for offshore wind monopiles called Vibrojet.
GBM Works has made the most significant steps in 2021 according to jury chairman Glenn Bijvoets of Eneco.
The Innovation Award is organized by the community of Offshore Wind Innovators with the purpose to create visibility of smart innovations by start-ups and SME companies. The three nominees pitched their innovation to the offshore wind sector during the hybrid event TKI Wind op Zee LIVE. With a very close call, 36% of the votes of the audience, the solution of Jungle was found the most innovative. Separately, the jury announces GBM Works as the jury award winner.
The expert jury, consisting of Glenn Bijvoets (Eneco), Jasper Geselschap (innovation Quarter), and Peter Eecen (TNO) discussed the innovations of the nominees and came to another conclusion. According to the jury: “GBM Works has developed a technology to install monopiles. The technology consists of a combination of 2 principles: vibratory driving and water injection. This innovative method is engineered to be superior to an impact hammer and a vibratory hammer on drivability and noise, and comparable with a vibratory hammer on lateral bearing capacity. GBM Works made an essential step with their tests last year with the achievable jet penetration depth ranges and the required energy for penetration in clay for penetration. They gave clear insights on the cost reduction potential of the technology, and the steps they want to make.”