Renewables Company Fares Well At SCDI International Awards (Scotland)

Renewables Company Fares Well At SCDI International Awards (Scotland)

Renewable energy company Wavegen has been awarded for their achievements at SCDI’s Scotland International Awards (Friday 18 November), in Glasgow’s Thistle Hotel.

Voith Hydro Wavegen walked away with the Accenture Award for Outstand International Achievement in Green Energy. The firm specialises in the development and supply of wave energy technology equipment and is currently working on the world’s first multi-unit grid connected project.

Attended by 700 senior leaders from business and civic Scotland, the event welcomed former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan as keynote speaker.

 Pierre Nanterm, chief executive officer of category sponsor Accenture said; “We are delighted to be associated with this prestigious even and more importantly with SCDI and the important work they do in promoting economic investment in Scotland”

Voith Hydro Wavegen is involved in Spain’s first grid connected wave energy project which has so far delivered over 24,000 hours of electricity. Named Mutriku, the project was commissioned by a team of Scottish engineers and a total of 16 turbines are currently in operation.

 Matthew Seed, CEO of Voith Hydro Wavegen said “We are delighted to receive the Accenture Award for Outstanding International Achievement in Green Energy. The Mutriku project represents a great stepping stone in the development of marine energy, not just for Voith Hydro Wavegen but for the industry as a whole. It demonstrates our ability to deliver reliable technology on a commercial basis to international customers.

 “We would like to thank our customer Ente Vasco de la Energia and our Voith partners in Spain, who together created this successful project. From Mutriku we will develop future projects not only around the world but in particular the Siadar project which when built will be the largest wave energy plant in the world and will confirm Scotland’s status as the most attractive location for the sector.”

The event was attended by Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister of Scotland. Mr Salmond said “Scotland is continuing to build on our heritage of invention and innovation by developing key industries to create a cleaner, wealthier and safer society for all. These awards recognise that work and to have such an internationally respected leader such as Kofi Annan present to share his insights on pressing global issues is testament to the value put on Scottish research and technology in the wider world.”

SCDI chief executive Dr Lesley Sawers said: “In the current economic climate we must look outwards, build on our world-renowned Scottish brand, demonstrate leadership in the delivery of our public services and support more companies to operate in international markets. Once again SCDI has recognised the excellence and leadership of Scottish organisations in global markets through Scotland’s International Awards”.

 Full List of Winners

1. Optima Solutions – Deloitte International Award for People Development

2. qedi – The BP Award for Outstanding International Achievement in the Oil and Gas Industry

3. Voith Hydro Wavegen – Accenture Award for Outstand International Achievement in Green Energy

4. Gentech International Limited – Royal Bank of Scotland Award for Best International Business

5. Omega Diagnostics Group PLC – The Brodies LLP International Award for Innovation in Product or Service Development


Offshore WIND staff, November 22, 2011; Image: voith