Northern companies honoured at Scottish Green Energy Awards
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.”