Shortlist success at Green Energy Awards

Orkney’s reputation for energy innovation has been showcased once again on the shortlist for the 2018 Scottish Green Energy Awards.

Four Orkney-based projects and companies are in the running for recognition across five categories at the annual ceremony, which will be held in Edinburgh in December.

Scotrenewables Tidal Power, now rebranded as Orbital Marine Power, has been nominated for two titles for its SR2000 tidal energy device - Best Innovation Award and Outstanding Project Award.

The SR2000 tidal power device being tested at EMEC's Fall of Warness site - image courtesy Orbital Marine
The SR2000 tidal power device being tested at EMEC's Fall of Warness site - image courtesy Orbital Marine

Community Energy Scotland’s ‘Surf ‘n’ Turf’ scheme, which sees green energy converted to hydrogen to power local ferries docked in Kirkwall, is shortlisted for the Best Community Project Award. The initiative is a partnership with the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), Orkney Islands Council, Eday Renewable Energy and ITM Power.

CES's Surf 'n' Turf project in Eday, Orkney - image by Colin Keldie
CES's Surf 'n' Turf project in Eday, Orkney - image by Colin Keldie

Microsoft has been nominated for the Carbon Reduction Award for its Project Natick. The innovative scheme saw a mini data centre sunk in the sea off Orkney earlier this year to investigate whether it can boost energy efficiency.

Microsoft's Project Natick data centre prior to deployment in Stromness, Orkney - image by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures
Microsoft's Project Natick data centre prior to deployment in Stromness, Orkney - image by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures

The final Orkney nominee is local company Leask Marine Ltd, which is up for the Outstanding Service Award.

Orkney's Leask Marine Ltd is in the running for an award once again - image by Colin Keldie
Orkney's Leask Marine Ltd is in the running for an award once again - image by Colin Keldie

It’s more fantastic recognition for Orkney’s reputation as a major centre for renewable energy research. Local projects and businesses are nominated in five of the eleven categories with a shortlist at the event.

Find out more about Orkney’s renewable energy expertise via the Orkney Renewable Energy Forum’s website, the Orkney Marine Renewables website and the official EMEC website.

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