Pitch your business innovation directly to offshore wind industry stakeholders.

New this year at IPF, the Business Network for Offshore Wind has partnered with SeaAhead, a blue tech startup platform that helps accelerate the growth and development of new companies who are working on issues related to ocean industries and sustainability.

 SeaAhead has selected ten startups to deliver five-minute pitches to IPF attendees and participate in a moderated Q&A session. Congratulations to the following companies (see below) who have been selected to present their business innovations at 2022 IPF! Here is the complete schedule of presentations: 

Startup Alley Pitch Presentation Schedule
All presentations take place in the Exhibit Hall, Booth #1201

Wednesday, April 27

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
(Alerion, Airtonomy, ECOncrete, Grow Oyster Reefs)

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
(GTA, Ithaca Clean Energy, RCAM Technologies, Salient)

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
(Triton Systems, Vinci VR)

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
(Rapid Round Presentations/ All Companies)

Thursday, April 28

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
(Alerion, Airtonomy, ECOncrete, Grow Oyster Reefs)

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
(GTA, Ithaca Clean Energy, RCAM Technologies, Salient)

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
(Triton Systems, Vinci VR)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
(Rapid Round Presentations/ All Companies)

Airtonomy delivers drone-based blade inspection insights with the push of a button. From a tablet, users launch, land, and load mission captured data for automatic processing and reporting. Airtonomy empowers organizations and drone service providers to uniformly collect and manage data at scale, fostering a robust blade health management program.

Alerion offers autonomous drone inspections and digital twins of wind turbines in order to produce more energy and spend less on maintenance. Visit Alerion in Booth #320.

ECOncrete® solutions bring concrete to life: ECOncrete is the only concrete technology that complies with industry standards and provides significant biological, environmental, and structural benefits to marine infrastructure projects. With our interdisciplinary team of marine-biologists, engineers, designers, and architects we provide full-service support and adapt our solutions to the particular needs of clients, local ecosystems, and projects. ECOncrete’s patented admix, texture agents, and form liners create a concrete solution that meets or exceeds the structural performance of standard concrete, while supporting marine life and creating an active carbon sink.

Startup Alley Presentation:
A Nature‐Inclusive Design for Shoreline and Offshore Construction: Ecologically Engineered Articulated Concrete Block Mattresses

GROW Oyster Reefs LLC has developed a range of products using biomimicry to grow self-healing reefs for scour protection associated with foundations, inter-array cable paths and export cable corridors in offshore wind farms — restoring the seabed, regenerating aquatic ecosystems, balancing the chemistry of the ocean, de-acidifying the water. Our biomimetic reef substrates, fabricated using our proprietary CaCO3 concrete mix, are modular and mimic nature in their form, material, and performance. Their surface configuration facilitates the long-term recruitment and survival of embryonic oysters, and the rapid recruitment of non-reef building organisms from crabs to young fish.

Startup Alley Presentation:
Self-Healing Scour Protection for Offshore Wind Infrastructure

GTA is a start-up R&D technology company focused on expanding the current business model of offshore wind by adding green hydrogen production as a value-added product. Our patented innovation is development of subsea electrolyzers that leverage cold water and ambient hydrostatic pressure at the seafloor for cooling and first-stage gas compression without a mechanical compressor. The wind turbines of a GTA offshore hydrogen farm are not necessarily connected to the utility grid, a feature that eliminates high-voltage export cables, large power transformers and ocean platforms, which are high capex and opex items

Startup Alley Presentation:
GTA’s Value-Added Business Model for Green Hydrogen Production Powered by Offshore Wind

Ithaca Clean Energy is developing a digital stakeholder engagement application which enhances access to knowledge and information of marine co-location and co-use activities combining machine learning, cloud-based data, and mobile user interface.

Our stakeholder engagement application WATERFRONT™ is a multi-partner platform that facilitates evidence-based marine activity decision-making by enabling direct, real-time, streamlined digital interactions, communication, and data exchange between offshore wind farms and their marine stakeholders.

WATERFRONT™ adds to primary data gathering, aggregation, and analysis efforts to support evidence-determinations and explain impacts on fishing activity pre- and post-wind farm construction. WATERFRONT™ enables offshore wind developers to mitigate permitting issues and increase vessel utilization.

Startup Alley Presentation:
Connecting the Blue and Green Economies

RCAM Technologies is an international cleantech startup with offices in Los Angeles, Colorado, and Scotland that is developing 3D concrete printed products to accelerate the clean energy transition. RCAM’s portfolio of products includes subsea pumped hydroelectric energy storage, concrete suction anchors for floating offshore wind, fixed-bottom offshore wind foundations, and land-based wind turbine towers and foundations. RCAM has completed and is working on cutting edge wind energy R&D projects supported by the UK BEIS, US DOE, NOWRDC, CEC, NYSERDA, the Scottish Government and Floating Wind JIP, COEDIT, and NSF.

Startup Alley Presentation:
Marine Pumped Hydro—Energy Storage for Offshore Wind

Salient combines novel ocean and land-surface data with machine learning and climate expertise to deliver the world’s most accurate subseasonal-to-seasonal weather forecasts 2 to 52 weeks in advance.  Weather is the fuel for the renewable grid and is the determining factor for operations at sea, so is crucial for construction, operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms. 

Startup Alley Presentation:
Long range weather forecasting for offshore windfarm construction, maintenance and power management

Triton Systems is a global anchor provider for floating offshore wind, with its headquarters right outside of Boston, Massachusetts. The Triton Anchor solution offers premier performance over its competition with lower manufacturing costs, ability to be manufactured locally, omni-directional loading, faster installation times, and silent installation operations. Sands, stiff clays, and layered soils are just a few of the seabed conditions we can offer a competitive anchor solution in. We oversee projects from geotechnical campaigns to anchor installations.

Startup Alley Presentation:
Anchoring System for Floating Offshore Wind

VinciVR creates Virtual Reality offshore wind experiences for training and workforce recruitment. Developed in partnership with major OEMs, Vinci’s virtual reality tools have passed Global Wind Organization Audits and are being used and/or piloted by colleges and developers for their workforce recruitment today. Stop by Vinci’s booth at Startup alley to go Offshore (Virtually) and try Vinci’s simulation of an Offshore Wind Technician’s job. 

Startup Alley Presentation:
Offshore Wind Virtual Reality Tools for Workforce Training and Recruitment

Eligibility

Any startup working on solutions to challenges across the offshore wind industry is welcome to apply. You must be able to attend 2022 IPF (April 26-28, 2022) in Atlantic City, New Jersey to deliver your pitch in-person.

Examples of Innovation Areas

See below for examples of innovation areas in offshore wind (not an exhaustive list).

Environmental Technologies

Offshore wind projects have an average 10+ year development time cycle, from the permitting process to the construction phase. Environmental technologies using AI, IoT applications, and acoustical and other environmental mitigation techniques can reduce development time frames and risks – innovations in this area are industry game changers.

Green and Efficient Ports

Smart, safe, efficient, and sustainable ports are critical to the success of offshore wind. Carbon-neutral ports offer a wide range of opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship. New technologies like blockchain, autonomous shipping, logistical software, carbon neutral vessels and IoT applications can be used to build the green port of the future today.

End of Life Challenge

While it may seem too early to think about decommissioning offshore wind projects, this phase will come more quickly than we think. It is important to incorporate innovations into the process at this early stage of the U.S. offshore wind industry so that we are prepared to manage end-of- life issues in the future. The “end-of-life challenge” calls for new ways to think about decommissioning, recycling, and reusing in a closed loop system, so that turbines and other component parts never become waste.

Delivering the Future

From worker training to community awareness, technology innovation is enabling the offshore wind industry to prepare workers and overcome NIMBY objections. Worker training and community engagement are prime for the use of visual technology innovation. The possibilities are endless for start-ups and entrepreneurs to deliver the future without ever having to go offshore.

Grid and Transmission

“Smart from the start” should not just be applied to offshore wind permitting – it should also be the mantra used for the development of the offshore wind grid and transmission. A smart grid powered by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Utility Internet of Things (UIofT), and Internet of Things Services and People ( IoTSP) applications allows for integrating more renewable energy, maintaining grid stability, increasing resiliency, and improving security.

Maintenance and Repair

Operations and Maintenance account for 18.9% of the total cost of an offshore wind project. Innovations from deep sea mining and deep space exploration such as drones, remote diagnostics, weather forecasting, and self-healing technologies can reduce these costs while increasing worker safety and enabling offshore wind projects to be developed further and further offshore.

What happens if I’m accepted?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. If your submission is accepted, you will receive an email with details about your contract and registering for IPF. All businesses will receive coaching from SeaAhead in early April to prepare you for your pitch presentations at 2022 IPF.

Registration Cost: $1,495.00

How does my business benefit? 

You will receive:
  • Deeply discounted admission of $1,595 to 2022 IPF, as well as designated exhibition space in Startup Alley. That’s  a cost savings of $3,395!
  • Coaching and guidance from SeaAhead staff
  • Designated stand in Startup Alley at 2022 IPF
  • Dedicated presentation time on the Startup Alley stage during the event
  • Company name (and a brief description of product/service/innovation) promoted in dedicated promotions and on the 2022 IPF website

Contact

If you have questions, please contact Taylor Witkin at SeaAhead

Timeline

February 3: SeaAhead starts taking pitch applications

(Deadline Extended) March 19: Pitch applications close

April: SeaAhead works with accepted companies to help perfect pitches

April 26-28: Companies present pitches at 2022 IPF in Atlantic City, New Jersey

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