Photo: L to R: Orbital Marine's O2 turbine; Nova Innovation's M100-D turbine (Courtesy of Orbital Marine Power; Nova Innovation)

Tidal power vies for honours in multiple categories of Scottish Green Energy Awards

Marine energy has taken a prominent place in the shortlist for this year’s Scottish Green Energy Awards having been featured in several prestigious categories honouring innovation, dedication and commitment to renewable energy.

L to R: Orbital Marine's O2 turbine; Nova Innovation's M100-D turbine (Courtesy of Orbital Marine Power; Nova Innovation)
L to R: Orbital Marine’s O2 turbine; Nova Innovation’s M100-D turbine (Courtesy of Orbital Marine Power; Nova Innovation)

This year’s Scottish Green Energy Awards will see 43 individuals, companies and projects compete to scoop prizes in 13 prestigious categories at the black-tie awards ceremony which returns in-person to Edinburgh on 2 December.

The shortlist includes projects from across all major renewable energy technologies and represents the ‘innovation, dedication and passion’ of industry, according to Claire Mack, chief executive of Scottish Renewables, which runs the awards.

Namely, one of the leading tidal energy companies – Orbital Marine Power – has been shortlisted for awards in three categories, and is competing in champion of renewables, outstanding project, and best innovation categories.

Joining Orbital Marine in the best innovation category is another tidal energy company – Nova Innovation – for its M100-D tidal energy turbine.

Also recognized for its commitment to marine energy is the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), which has been nominated in two categories, for champions of renewables, and positive improvement award.

Commenting on the shortlist, Claire Mack said: “Once again I am truly astounded by the quality of nominations we have received for this year’s award ceremony.

“Our judges, as ever, struggled to pick even the shortlist, let alone the winners. The contenders represent the innovation, dedication and passions of an industry which is deploying new generation and maintaining the infrastructure which now provides the equivalent of 97.4% of the electricity we use in Scotland whilst bringing socio-economic benefits across the country.

“These awards showcase just some of the ground-breaking work we are doing here in Scotland to decarbonise our energy system and fight climate change – and it’s never been more important to shout about than in the year of COP26.

“I am looking forward to industry reuniting in-person in December to raise a glass to celebrate the truly incredible work being done as we work towards our net-zero ambition”.