Two Fife projects – the Eden Campus Energy Centre and ORE Catapult Levenmouth demonstration offshore wind turbine – each won a major national award at the 2016 Scottish Green Energy Awards.
The University of St Andrews and Vital Energi took the prestigious Sustainable Development Award for the biomass energy centre at the University’s Eden Campus at Guardbridge, while The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult won the Best Community Engagement Award for its demonstrator offshore wind turbine at Levenmouth.
The £25 million energy centre on the east side ot the former paper mill site at Guardbridge produces hot water from a biomass boiler using clean, natural fuels which is pumped four miles through an underground pipeline to St Andrews where it heats University buildings.
Professor Verity Brown,the University’s Vice-Principal (Enterprise & Engagement) said: “To win such a prestigious award against competition from across Scotland is an outstanding achievement.
“The energy centre at the Eden Campus at Guardbridge is a remarkable energineering project which would not have been possible without our partners, Vital Energi.”
The ORE Catapult is the UK’s flagship technology innovation and research centre for advancing wind, wave and tidal energy. It won the Best Community Engagement Award for the community engagement work it has carried out in Levenmouth for its offshore wind turbine.
Last month, ORE Catapult launched the world’s first competition for SMEs to gain access to its 7MW demonstrator turbine at Levenmouth to prove and commercialise innovative new sensing technologies. Companies with sensing technologies that can monitor blades, drivetrains and foundations are invited to come along to a briefing workshop on 12 January 2017.
Organised by Scottish Renewables, the Scottish Green Energy Awards recognise the determination, innovation, people, organisations and communities that have helped the renewable energy industry evolve.
In a programme co-funded by the Scottish Government, the ORE Catapult is developiong a digital Clone of the Levenmouth Offshore Wind Turbine (CLOWT), fitting sensors to its blades, tower and substructure to monitor its behaviour in real-world conditions.
In parallel with this, it will provide the opportunity to a number of emerging technology developers to demonstrate and validate their latest innovations alongside existing best-in-class products.
Entrants to the competition will be asked to propose a sensor techology that can help with monitoring of blades, drivetrains and foundations, essential to understanding the operational environment and further bringing down the cost of offshore wind.
A lack of access to demonstration facilities has been identified as one of the major blockers to innovation and resulting cost reduction in offshore wind. It is believed that this will be the first time that SMEs have had such an opportunity to gain access to a next generation offshore wind turbine.
Companies with sensing technologies that can monitor blades, drivetrains and foundations are invited to apply. Technologies should be at Technology Rediness Level (TRL) 5 or higher and should be non-itrusive to the operation of the turbine or required any significant alteration of their device.
The shortlist for the 2017 Fife Business Awards has been announced, with 33 companies making the grade across 11 categories.
The finalists showcase the best of business in Fife, refelcting the breadth and depth of business success in the region.
Fife Chamber of Commerce President Peter Southcott commented: “We received a very high standard of entries, making judging particularly difficult. While there are many other notable and thriving businesses across Fife, we believe that the shortlist represents the highest calibre of professionalism, innovation, service levels and achievement.
“The annual awards dinner is an excellent opportunity to showcase the business community within Fife, and it has become a popular fixture in the Fife business calendar. I would like to thank the award category sponsors, as without them, the Fife Business Awards would not be possible.”
The winners will be announced at a celebration gala dinner to be held on Friday 31 March at the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes which will be hosted by Grant Stott. Tickets are selling quickly, so book soon to secure your place on the night.
The companies shortlisted for a 2017 Fife Business Award are:
Most Enterprising Start Up Company • Bay Solutions Ltd • Influx Recruitment Limited • TaxAssist Accountants
Best Performing Business (Under 50 Employees) • Kingdom Maintenance • Sephra Europe • Silverdyke Park
Best Performing Business (Over 50 Employees) • Avenue Care Services • Brand Rex-Limited • Ingenico