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MAXBlade has assembled a knowledgeable, relevant, and dedicated consortium of eight partners from five countries.

Orbital Marine Power (UK)

United Kingdom

The world’s most advanced floating tidal stream technology developer

Innovative Scottish engineering company Orbital Marine Power is helping turn the tide on climate change by commercialising their ground-breaking tidal energy technology that captures renewable energy from the power of the earth’s naturally occurring tidal stream resources. The company’s O2, the world’s most powerful and advanced tidal turbine, is a 2MW+ product capable of providing utility-scale, clean energy whilst supporting a just transition through the creation of sustainable, quality jobs throughout the project lifecycle. It can generate enough clean, predictable electricity to meet the demand of around 2,000 UK homes and offset approximately 2,200 tonnes of CO2 production per year.

    Role in project:
  • Project Coordinator in conjunction with Technip.
  • Responsible to liaising with UK Grants Agency (UKRI).
  • Blade design and close collaboration with other partners on blades research, testing and condition monitoring development.
  • Closely work with Marasoft on maintenance software definition.
  • Building on existing networks and relationships to develop commercial strategy towards tidal turbine delivery and associated commercial agreements with external suppliers.
  • Responsible for providing all data from operation phase to other partners for their assessment work.

European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)

United Kingdom

Experienced in site characterization, modelling and performance assessment to international standards

EMEC is the world’s leading accredited test laboratory and inspection body for demonstrating wave and tidal energy converters, subsystems and components in the sea. To date, more marine energy converters have been deployed in Orkney, Scotland, than at any other single site in the world with 22 wave and tidal energy clients having tested 35 marine energy devices. EMEC provides demonstration, technical and commercial support to reduce the time, cost and risk to progress innovative sustainable technologies to market. The company is committed to supporting the transition to net zero and has expanded activities into other sectors including green hydrogen, floating wind, clean transport and energy systems.

    Role in project:
  • • Support on the development of internationally recognised array scale flow models that take into account blockage and/or wake losses effects.
  • Work on addressing power quality issues.
  • Power performance assessment
  • Lead communications and dissemination

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

World leaders in composite tidal turbine blade design, data science and fatigue testing technology, ocean energy array design and modelling

The Institute for Energy Systems, IES, is a multi-disciplinary research institute within the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. Approximately 70 academic and research staff (and over 100 postgraduate students) deliver world leading research in low carbon energy systems, technology and policy. Institute expertise includes resource modelling and measurement, hydrodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, electromagnetics, power-electronics, control, power systems analysis and life-cycle analysis. The IES hosts world class test facilities for offshore renewable energy, in particular the FloWave Test-Tank, and leads and participates in academic and industrial-academic projects.

    Role in project:
  • Lead of specimen, component and full-scale blade testing in blade research, testing and design
  • Will support the development of a condition monitoring system to support industrial circular economy objectives
  • Will develop roadmap of initiatives toward industrial competitiveness and circular economy objectives

ENGIE Laborelec (LBE)


Research institution of ENGIE, the world’s largest independent energy generator

ENGIE Laborelec, an entity of the ENGIE Group, is a leading centre of expertise and research in the area of electrical energy. Drawing on the skills of 335 specialist engineers and technicians, it provides operational support, technical consulting, and applied R&D services, operating across the entire electricity value chain. Its services support a wide range of customers in electricity generation, transmission, distribution, storage, and end-use, with a particular focus on the energy transition and net zero carbon. ENGIE Laborelec, now part of ENGIE’s Research & Innovation division, is a global player active in more than 60 countries and has offices in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Latin America, and the Middle East.

    Role in project:
  • Research institution of ENGIE, the world’s largest independent energy generator
  • Input into recyclable materials research toward circular economy objective
  • Support power systems monitoring and control development with respect to grid operating requirements and standards.



Developers of advanced fleet and asset management software

MaraSoft is a family-owned company that develops and supplies a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution. A complete maintenance and asset management system is marketed under the name ‘Marad’, which stands for maritime administration. Marad is an affordable, user-friendly and powerful management system. It can be used without training by most users. Furthermore, Marad is used on more than 3500 vessels in various sectors such as merchant shipping, offshore, fishing, dredging, cruise and more.

    Role in project:
  • Will lead on the development of the maintenance management software
  • Support in the validation and lessons learned from the use of the software for array maintenance management



Leading research institution for offshore renewable energy technologies, materials for energy, and circularity

TECNALIA is the largest centre of applied research and technological development in Spain, a benchmark in Europe and a member of the Basque Research and Technology Alliance. Its mission is to transform technological research into prosperity. TECNALIA’s research has a real impact on society and generates benefits in the form of quality of life and progress. TECNALIA works to build a better world through technological research and innovation. With a multi-sectoral and multi-technological perspective, they listen and work with companies to respond to major global challenges which ultimately are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). In the field of offshore renewable energies, and more specifically ocean energy, they develop and test innovative solutions aimed at increasing the cost-effectiveness of the technologies.

    Role in project:
  • Will support the development of blade coatings and the detailed planning and execution of testing of these at the HARSHLAB test facility.
  • Will lead on the production of performance assessments in accordance with IEA-OES framework.

European Composites Industry Association (EUCIA)

Unrivalled knowledge and networks to European composite manufacturers, wider supply chain and waste management providers and associated industry initiatives

Headquartered in Brussels, the European Composites Industry Assoication (EuCIA) represents European national composite assoications as well as industry-specific sector groups at EU level. With the support of its members EuCIA is actively contributing to building an economically and environmentally sustainable European composites industry.

“We support the sustainable growth of the composites industry and promote the development of a flourishing business environment, taking advantage of the combined expertise of EuCIA members.”

    Role in project:
  • Stakeholder Engagement to support development of roadmap initiatives toward industrial competitiveness and circular economy objectives
  • Provide communications and dissemination support and supporting exploitation plan development.
European Composites Industry Association (EUCIA)

FMC Technologies (TECHNIP)

United Kingdom

TechnipFMC is a leading technology provider to the traditional and new energies industry; delivering fully integrated projects, products, and services.

We are the energy architects. As a global leader in the traditional and renewable energy industry, TechnipFMC delivers innovative technologies, systems, and services to meet the world’s energy needs now and in the future.

TechnipFMC’s 20,000-strong team power our success – our people use their skills to design, engineer, manufacture, and install the systems used by the energy industry to access resources on land and at sea.

    Role in project:
  • Project coordinator in conjunction with Orbital
  • Reporting to the EU Grants Agency, CINEA.
  • Support improved control system reliability design and condition Monitoring Implementation.
FMC Technologies (TECHNIP)