North­ern com­pa­nies hon­oured at Scot­tish Green En­ergy Awards

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - BUSINESS -

North-east and High­land firms scooped a clutch of ac­co­lades at the Scot­tish Green En­ergy Awards.

Orkney firms Leask Ma­rine and Or­bital Ma­rine Power (OMP), the oper­a­tor of the world’s most pow­er­ful tur­bine to­day, were both big win­ners at Scot­tish Re­new­ables’ flag­ship event in Ed­in­burgh.

OMP won the best in­no­va­tion prize, while ma­rine con­struc­tion com­pany Leask Ma­rine took the award for out­stand­ing ser­vice.

Shet­land firm Nova In­no­va­tion won the out­stand­ing pro­ject award for its En­abling Fu­ture Ar­rays in Tidal de­vel­op­ment and Fair Isle Elec­tric­ity Com­pany scooped the judges’ award for its low-car­bon en­ergy sys­tem.

Scot­tish Re­new­ables chief ex­ec­u­tive Claire Mack said: “This year’s Scot­tish Green En­ergy Awards once again show­cased the in­cred­i­ble in­no­va­tion, com­mit­ment and pas­sion of those work­ing within our in­dus­try.

“They are con­tin­u­ing to push the bound­aries of in­no­va­tion, with the many pi­o­neer­ing projects de­vel­oped over the past 12 months main­tain­ing Scot­land’s place as a world leader in re­new­able en­ergy.”

OMP set an in­dus­try benchmark in Au­gust as its SR2000 tidal tur­bine gen­er­ated more power in a year than the en­tire Scot­tish ma­rine en­ergy sec­tor man­aged in the 12 years prior to its launch.

An­drew Scott, chief ex­ec­u­tive, OMP, said: “It’s fan­tas­tic news that the judg­ing panel se­lected us to win this pres­ti­gious award from a very high qual­ity short­list.

“It’s great recognition for the Or­bital Ma­rine team.”

He con­tin­ued: “This award is a tremen­dous con­fi­dence boost ... as we look for­ward to start­ing work next year on the con­struc­tion of our next gen­er­a­tion tidal tur­bine, sched­uled for de­ploy­ment at Emec (the Euro­pean Ma­rine En­ergy Cen­tre) in 2020.”

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