GBM Works and Jungle winners of Offshore Wind Innovators Awards 2021

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 audience found Canopy of Jungle the most appealing offshore wind innovation of 2021. The third and proud nominee was SpectX with an aerial radiography system.

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.

Pim Breukelman

Pim Breukelman

Pim Breukelman of Jungle says: “I am excited to get this recognition for the team of Jungle who has been working extremely hard to set up this innovation. And we hope to have a big impact in the offshore wind sector.”

Ben Arntz , Leo van der Bijl and Ramon Schouten

Ben Arntz , Leo van der Bijl and Ramon Schouten

Leo van der Bijl of GBM Works: “I feel honoured to receive this award among these other great companies. To us, it proves we’re on the right track and I am confident that our technicians will contribute to a faster energy transition.”

Akhilesh Goveas of SpectX: First of all, big congratulations to GBM Works and Jungle and their innovative technologies to give a push to the energy transition and to make wind energy cheaper. SpectX is proud to be nominated as an early-stage company and I think it will help us with the media attention to find our future customers. It was a great experience.

GBM Works

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.”


Jungle developed Canopy based on AI and Machine Learning to process large amounts of wind farm sensor data to firstly learn normal behaviour and secondly learn from real-time actual data the asset’s current performance and future health. This reduces unnecessary downtime and increases overall efficiency and production. Jungle launched the product in 2021. The jury found it “interesting that the use of machine learning is used for assessment of normal behaviour and the identification of outliers. Jungle has chosen to stay to its core business – the processing of data, while Jungle lets operators optimize their assets themselves. With this narrow solution, they secured a sweet spot in the market. Moreover, their business model is appealing. Delivering proof with results on existing farms could be a good step to convince a wider audience.”


The SpectX innovation is an integrated system designed to detect critical internal structural defects in the composite material structure autonomously by aerial radiography (Non-Destructive Testing) using multiple synchronized autonomous drones. The system is enhanced by AI (Machine Learning & Deep Learning) for fast and efficient detection of critical defects in 3D. The review committee assesses the use of X-rays to scan blades as innovative. Conventional methods don’t provide data on the inside of the blades. The positioning of the drone is seen as critical and is addressed by SpectX.

For more information, please contact Floris Blonk.

Or have a look at the following websites:

o GBM Works

o Jungle AI

o SpectX

o TKI Wind op Zee

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