A science centre exhibition, a local authority and a plumber took their place on the winner's rostrum as Scotland's renewable energy industry was showcased at a national awards ceremony.
The Scottish Green Energy Awards, staged in front of over 1200 guests in Edinburgh, highlighted the sheer scale and variety of the sector in Scotland.
Powering the Future, a Glasgow Science Centre exhibition explaining how the energy system works, won the Champion for Renewables Award.
The exhibition, sponsored by our partners Scottish Enterprise, has attracted over 320,000 visitors, giving them an insight into the energy challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
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The range of public sector support available to the renewable energy industry in Scotland was highlighted by the Outsanding Contribution Award, presented to Calum Davidson of our partner agency, Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE).
An exceptional year
This year really has been exceptional, and I sincerely hope that the momentum being generated will continue to grow, and that Scotland even more firmly cements its world-leading position in offshore renewables.
Calum Davidson, HIE
"Having spent the last eight years of my career at HIE as director of energy and low carbon, I could not be more thrilled to receive this award.
"I have always been passionate about the sector and feel immensely proud of what colleagues in HIE and across industry have achieved, particularly in the marine renewables sector."
The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, the UK's flagship technology and innovation centre for offshore renewables, won the Best Community Engagement Award for their offshore wind demonstration turbine in Fife.
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Recognising a global leader in marine energy
The 2016 Judges Award was presented to Nova Innovation after the company successfully deployed the world's first fully-operational tidal station array off the north coast of Scotland.
While more traditional tidal schemes use a single power plant, Nova's system will eventually include a chain of five turbines. The array is already connected to Shetland's local grid - delivering electricity on a commercial basis.
With the technology, which has been supported by Scotland's enterprise agencies, now commercially proven, Nova plan to develop an international sales strategy.
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Creativity and determination in renewables
The evening's other awards illustrated the depth of Scotland's renewable energy and low carbon innovation sectors.
The Sustainable Scotland Award was won by North Ayrshire Council for their biomass heat, solar and car share programme, while the University of St Andrews took home the Sustainable Development Award for their Guardbridge Biomass Energy Centre & District Heating Network.
Ecosse Subsea Systems, which has received innovation funding from Scotland's enterprise agencies, was awarded the Engineering Excellence Award for their SCAR Seabed System.
The 'one to watch' category was filled by Lachlan McInnes of McInnes Group who won the Rising Star Award. After identifying a gap in the market, plumber Lachlan formed McInnes Renewables and now installs renewable energy systems across Scotland.
Diversity and excitement
Since Scottish Renewables was founded 20 years ago, our industry has evolved from being little known or understood to becoming the largest generator of electricity in the country. We have made great strides in research, innovation and deployment, and tonight the diversity and excitement of Scotland's renewables sector is reflected in the winners of the 2016 Green Energy Awards.
Niall Stuart, Scottish Renewables
Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said:
"Once again the winners of the Scottish Green Energy Awards show the huge amount of creativity and determination within our sector.
"Each and every one is playing their part in the massive transformation that is underway in Scotland’s energy sector and wider economy.
Keith Brown MSP, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, said:
"Scotland is already a world leader in renewable energy, with more than 55% of gross electricity consumption coming from renewable sources.
"Innovation of the kind showcased tonight is integral to our ambitions to decarbonise our energy system and as we prepare to publish our draft Energy Strategy – which will articulate our long term vision for energy in Scotland to 2050 – it is heartening to see such a strong field of winners."
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Seonaid Vass, our director of renewable energy and low carbon technology, said:
"2016 has been an incredible year for the renewable energy industry in Scotland. We have had a number of world firsts, and seen a huge amount of innovation and progression across all areas.
"The ambition and passion expressed by our Scottish companies and partners demonstrates how committed to renewable energy Scotland is, and how the industry will only continue to grow both domestically and internationally."
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Scottish Green Energy Award 2016: The winners
- Best Community Engagement Award, sponsored by Vattenfall: The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult - Levenmouth demonstration offshore wind turbine
- Best Community Project Award, sponsored by SSE: Aberdeen Community Energy – Donside Hydro
- Best Innovation Award, sponsored by Red Rock Power Limited: SP Energy Networks – Dynamic Cable Rating system
- Best Professional Services Award, sponsored by McMillan Consultancy: Highland Eco-Design
- Business Growth Award, sponsored by AREG: ENERCON UK
- Champion of Renewables Award, sponsored by RenewableUK:
Glasgow Science Centre – Powering the Future exhibition
- Contribution to Skills Award, sponsored by Senvion: Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and Skills Development Scotland
- Engineering Excellence Award, sponsored by Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult: Ecosse Subsea Systems – SCAR Seabed System
- Sustainable Development Award, sponsored by ABB: The University of St Andrews and Vital Energi – Guardbridge Biomass Energy Centre & District Heating Network
- Sustainable Scotland Award, sponsored by SmartestEnergy: North Ayrshire Council biomass heat, solar and car share programme in partnership with HWEnergy, Emtec Energy and Enterprise CarShare
- Rising Star Award, sponsored by EICC: Lachlan McInnes, McInnes Group
- Judges Award, sponsored by MacArthur Green: Nova Innovation – Shetland Tidal Array
- Judges Award, sponsored by MacArthur Green: Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and SP Energy Networks – Beauly to Denny Transmission Line
- Outstanding Contribution Award, sponsored by Highlands & Islands Enterprise: Calum Davidson, Highlands & Islands Enterprise