Orkney’s marine energy star Caitlin wins top Scottish award

Caitlin Long (left) celebrates her 2017 marine energy award with EMEC colleague Lisa Mackzenie, who was last year's winner
Caitlin Long (left) celebrates her 2017 marine energy award with EMEC colleague Lisa Mackzenie, who was last year’s winner

Caitlin Long, Consents and Project Officer at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney has won a top Scottish energy Academic Award for renewables.

Since joining EMEC in 2014, having graduated with an MSc in Marine Renewable Energy from Heriot Watt’s Orkney Campus, she has worked tirelessly to streamline the consenting process for marine energy developers at EMEC.

With clients including Wello, Scotrenewables, Sustainable Marine Energy, Tocardo and Nautricity – Long helped them through the consenting process to ensure that all the necessary licences and consents are in place to get their technology deployed at EMEC sites.

She also developed guidance on the consenting process in Wave Energy Scotland’s knowledge capture project, provides best practice for environmental monitoring internationally, and implemented EMEC’s Section 36 site wide licence enabling developers of more than 1 MW to test at EMEC.

To date, more marine energy converters have been deployed in Orkney, Scotland – than at any other single site in the world – with 19 wave and tidal energy clients spanning 10 countries having tested 30 marine energy devices.

Having nominated Long for the award, Elaine Buck, Technical Manager at EMEC, commented: “Consents are a vital part to the developer deployment pathway so Caitlin is deeply involved with all the projects that are currently coming through EMEC.

“Her professional contributions and genuine ‘can do’ attitude to support all our clients through the process of deploying at EMEC is stellar! She is a leading jewel in our organisation and I’m thrilled she has won this very deserved award.”

Accepting her award in Glasgow, Long added: ““Thank you to all those developers who supported my nomination for this award. It’s great to know my efforts have not gone unnoticed and I can do my own little bit to help them along their development pathway.

“I look forward to continuing my work at EMEC and can’t wait to see the wave and tidal energy industry become a commercial success.”

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