MEMBER NEWS: Aberdeen digital technology firm commits £1.2 million to accelerate renewable energy innovation

June 23, 2023
MEMBER NEWS: Aberdeen digital technology firm commits £1.2 million to accelerate renewable energy innovation

FENNEX, a digital technology company based in Aberdeen, has announced plans to invest £1.2 million to accelerate its transition into the renewables sector, over the next three years. The move will also create up to 12 ‘green’ jobs.

The company currently partners with leading oil and gas operators and service companies, including Noble Corporation and Transocean, to improve health and safety reporting through its digital safety observation management solution, BBSS™ which leverages artificial intelligence, machine learning and cloud computing to enhance safety performance. It also specialises in developing bespoke digital solutions to optimise operational performance and capital project management. Now, it has set its sights on bringing those benefits to the wind energy sector.

The £1.2 million investment includes a grant of almost £200,000 from the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP). Fennex is one of just 15 UK firms and seven Scottish organisations to be awarded a share of the OWGP Innovation Grant, which is backed by Ocean Wind and Equinor.

The grant will help Fennex adapt its advanced health and safety technology for the renewables industry, improving collaboration and safety for offshore wind developers and contractors. The company said the three-year project will accelerate data-driven innovations in the offshore wind industry and has projected annual savings of 1 million paper cards by switching reporting to 100% digital and a boost of safety engagement of up to 30%.

Adrian Brown, Managing Director of Fennex, said: “We are very grateful to OWGP for the funding which is a significant milestone in transitioning our ground-breaking technology and expertise to the offshore wind sector. Our AI-powered safety digital solution has significantly increased workforce engagement around key health and safety issues while saving thousands of personnel hours in both managing safety reporting and in reducing lost time incidents.”

A collaboration between Fennex and the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), through sponsorship of its Supply Chain and Technology Network, will be the main catalyst for the technology’s development for the wind sector. This collaboration will involve working with AREG’s supply chain network and industry experts to gain insights into sector challenges and opportunities, which will help foster a stronger and more innovative supply chain ecosystem, thereby expediting the delivery of green energy from wind farms.

Mr Brown added: “We see huge potential to bring those safety benefits to the renewables industry. Through our collaboration with AREG and other wind farm developers and contractors, we aim to accelerate progress in renewable energy safety and foster a more innovative supply chain ecosystem. Over the next 36 months, revenue from the renewables is expected to become an integral part of our future business as we establish a dedicated renewables team which includes the creation of 12 new jobs.”

In collaboration with Fennex, AREG will run several online and in-person Supply Chain Network events for its members across 2023/24.

Neil McIntosh, chair of the AREG Supply Chain and Technology Network said: “We are grateful to Fennex for its sponsorship and very much look forward to working together to develop the network as an added benefit for AREG members, creating a space from them to explore the opportunities, challenges, and support available across the renewables sector. The skills and expertise we have on our doorstep can help maintain and enhance the reputation of Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland at the top of the global supply chain.”

Around 680 gigawatts of new onshore and offshore wind are predicted to be installed by 2027, with a forecast of its workforce to triple from 31,000 to 98,000. This growth is projected to generate enough power to supply approximately 657 homes each year, as reported by The Global Wind Energy Council.

Currently headquartered in Aberdeen’s technology incubator ONE Tech Hub, Fennex currently employs 16 professionals with the creation of new roles including project management, data science, software engineering and office support expected to increase the total team size to 28 over the next three years.

The company’s BBSS™ solution digitalises the process of identifying potential hazards and risk on and offshore. By enabling real-time data processing and streaming, coupled with real-time monitoring of critical safety trends and indicators, the insights gained from Fennex solution provide clear, actionable tasks, leading to quicker decision-making to mitigate risks and prevent hazards. This innovative solution saved more than 15,000 manpower hours and reduces overall costs by 70% for one company alone.

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AREG is the original energy transition organisation, working on behalf of members to empower the energy supply chain and champion its expertise. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more about membership.

AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

Scottish Renewables

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

Scottish Enterprise