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News article19 January 2023European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency

Royal visit launches Horizon Europe Energy tidal energy generation project

The project aims to develop world's largest tidal turbine blades.

MaxBlade

On Tuesday 17 January 2023, The Princess Royal, visited the testing facility and partners of the new Horizon Europe MAXBlade project.

The €10 million project aims to deliver a range of innovations to improve the performance of tidal turbines and reduce costs.

It will investigate the full lifecycle of tidal turbine blades, from materials, manufacture and operation, to decommissioning and recyclability. The project’s long-term aim is to ensure the European composite sector becomes the international leader in tidal blade manufacture.

MAXBlade is led by TechnipFMC and includes Orbital Marine Power, Marasoft, TECNALIA, University of Edinburgh, EMEC, Laborelec and European Composites Industry Association. It is supported by Edinburgh Innovations, the University of Edinburgh’s commercialisation service.

MAXBlade receives funding from the Horizon Europe Framework Programme. Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a total budget of EUR 95.5 billion.

Project duration: January 1, 2023 – 20 June, 2028 (66 months).

EU funding amount: € 1,373,889.

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