Scottish renewable energy awards recognise industry's best and brightest

by Search Gate staff. Published Sun 30 Nov 2014 15:32, Last updated: 2014-11-30
John Linton's award-winning image of the Cathkin Braes wind turbine
John Linton's award-winning image of the Cathkin Braes wind turbine

The top names in Scotland’s renewable energy industry have been hailed at a top awards' evening in the Scottish capital.

WWF Scotland Director Lang Banks was one of the evening’s winners after being been named 2014 Champion of Renewables at the Scottish Renewables’ Green Energy Awards.

The environmentalist, described by judges as “an outsider who makes people understand why renewables are so vital”, was awarded the coveted trophy at a 1,250-guest ceremony in Edinburgh last week.

The awards, now in their 12th year and sponsored by EDF Energy Renewables, were held as it was revealed renewables became Scotland’s main source of power in the first six months of 2014.

Onshore wind stalwart Harry Malyon, a director at Glasgow wind farm development company Coriolis Energy, began his career as a forester and was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution Award for more than 20 years as a renewable energy leader.

The first ever Rising Star Award was handed to Robbie Macdonald of tidal turbine developer Nautricity, whose managers credit the success of their testing programme to the 26-year-old’s “hard work, original thought and drive”.

Scottish Renewables Chief Executive Niall Stuart hosted the evening at Edinburgh’s EICC. He said: “The Scottish Green Energy Awards ceremony is the biggest night of the year for the renewable energy industry, and it’s particularly pleasing to celebrate 2014’s successes on the day our figures revealed green energy has become Scotland’s main source of power.

“This year’s winners are genuine pioneers and innovators who are making a real difference to our environment, economy and society – and there is no better way to recognise them than in front of more than 1,200 of their peers.

“The awards are all about celebrating the best of Scotland’s green energy industry. So many parts of that industry are reflected in this year’s roll call of winners, from community projects like the Barra and Vatersay turbine and brilliant business successes like Natural Power and MacArthur Green to outstanding pieces of technical innovation like the FloWave test tank, to mention but a few.

“The event goes from strength to strength and is a testament to the commitment of those who work in the industry.”

The full list of winners:

* Best Community Project Award - The Barra and Vatersay Community Wind Energy Project: the first in the world to use a beach landing to deliver turbine parts, this turbine is now generating electricity for the local economy after a determined effort by locals who realised its potential

* Best Innovation Award - FloWave TT Ltd for the FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility: a world-class wave and tidal device testing facility in Scotland’s capital city

* Best Photography Award - John Linton, Linton Pix: an image of the Cathkin Braes wind turbine and Commonwealth Games mountain bike track near Glasgow

* Best Supplier Award - Wind Towers (Scotland): Machrihanish-based turbine tower manufacturer bringing jobs and investment to Argyll, described as “a crucial part of the supply chain” by judges

* Business Growth Award - Natural Power: Dumfriesshire consultancy which opened new 100-employee offices in Stirling in January 2014 and boasted 46% revenue growth between 2015 and 2014, with similar projections planned for 2014-16

* Champion of Renewables Award - Lang Banks, Director, WWF Scotland: prolific and passionate advocate of renewable energy as a way to mitigate climate change. Member of Scottish Twitterati

* Contribution to Skills Award - Mines Rescue Wind Turbine Training Facility: the launch of this new purpose-built working-at-height facility in Crossgates, Fife, stemmed from the growing importance of creating a fit-for-purpose future renewables workforce

* Engineering Excellence Award - Xi Engineering Consultants for the Eskdalemuir Working Group: work which opened up 1GW of new capacity for onshore wind in south Scotland by examining the effect of turbines on the Seismic Monitoring Station at Eskdalemuir

* Export Award - Gaia-Wind Ltd: a Glasgow small wind turbine manufacturer with machines now operating in Australia, Israel, the USA and France. Export sales accounted for more than 60% of all deliveries in 2014

* Renewing Scotland Award - Biomass combined heat and power plant at Tullis Russell, Fife: the combined heat and power plant at employee-owned premium paper and cartonboard producer Tullis Russell is the largest of its type in the UK and will make a major contribution to Scotland’s renewable energy targets, as well as safeguarding 500 jobs at the Glenrothes site

* Rising Star Award - Robbie Macdonald, Nautricity: Robbie has "consistently risen to the challenges that have been presented to him" during the development of Nautricity's CoRMaT tidal turbine, and displayed "great maturity in finding solutions to problems that are often outside his field of specialisation," according to his employer

* Sustainable Development Award - ScotAsh: a joint venture between Lafarge Tarmac and ScottishPower, ScotAsh produces low-carbon cement products containing re-engineered pulverised fuel ash that have helped to reduce the carbon footprint of renewable energy projects across Scotland

* Outstanding Contribution Award - Harry Malyon: began his renewables career in 1992/3 and worked with planning groups to produce early wind industry guidance. Harry was one of the first six members of Scottish Renewables and chaired the organisation’s planning group for eight years. A true unsung hero

* Judges Award - MacArthur Green: the ecological and ornithological consultancy grew its profits by 200% in the 12 months from January 2015 and has expanded its remit from onshore and marine renewables into offshore, solar and hydro.

Christian Egal, CEO of sponsors EDF Energy Renewables, said: "These awards are a perfect showcase for the passion and ingenuity that is delivering renewable projects not only in Scotland, but much further afield.

"Scottish Renewables members are now taking their expertise to every corner of the globe, and we were pleased to be part of highlighting the talent and know-how that the Green Energy Awards rightly celebrate."

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