Meet Award Finalist GBM Works
GBM Works has developed a silent method for installing offshore wind foundations called the Vibrojet.
GBM Works is one of the finalists of the Offshore Wind Innovators Award. The award for the most appealing offshore wind innovation of 2021.
The Vibrojet derives its power from a unique combination of vibration drive and water injection. Seawater is sprayed at the bottom of the inside of the monopile. This causes the sand or clay to become liquid, which temporarily reduces friction. At the same time, the monopile is driven into the ground with the vibratory hammer. Once the monopile is installed, the soil inside will settle back into place. On the outside, the ground remains undisturbed. The lateral bearing capacity is therefore comparable to a vibratory hammer. This is important because a monopile mainly suffers from lateral loads from waves, currents and wind.
The nominees are invited to pitch their innovation to the offshore wind sector during the hybrid TKI Wind op Zee LIVE event on 22 March, 2022. After the presentation, the audience will decide who will receive the public award. Separately, the jury announces who wins the jury award.