The University of Strathclyde landed four UK Energy Innovation Awards this week at a ceremony in Manchester. The awards celebrate the most innovative companies and individuals working to deliver a low carbon, sustainable and energy efficient future – with Strathclyde well-represented among the winners.
Strathclyde spin-out Smarter Grid Solutions claimed the ‘Best Smart Grid Innovation’ award for its partnership with SSE Power Distribution to launch the UK’s first smart grid in Orkney. Fellow award winner Synaptec Ltd, which is expected to spin-out by the end of 2014, won the award for ‘Best University Technology’ – for measurement technology that will enable a lower carbon network.
Glasgow-based company Open Grid Systems won the ‘International Trade Award’ for their success in generating revenue from international clients. The company’s director Alan McMorran is a Strathclyde graduate and the company has strong links with the University through the Faculty of Engineering.
Completing a night of success for Strathclyde was alumna Lynne McDonald, an employee with UK Power Networks (UKPN), who won the ‘Rising Star Award’. Lynne helped to deliver the UK’s first grid and primary level smart grid Radio Frequency Mesh solution as part of a £10 million project. She also successfully secured £3.3 million for an energy efficiency programme that will have a significant impact on UKPN’s approach to decarbonising electrical networks.
Professor Scott MacGregor, Executive Dean of Strathclyde’s Faculty of Engineering, said:
“To achieve this level of success in winning such prestigious awards is excellent news for the University and reflects positively on our commitment to working closely with industry to provide our graduates with the skills and knowledge to make a positive impact in the industry.
“This recognition is a further endorsement of our globally leading research and successful collaboration with industry.”
Denise Massey, managing director of the Energy Innovation Centre, said:
“We are proud to host these awards which continue to go from strength-to-strength each year. Their evolution over the past four years reflects the development of innovation within the energy sector which has gone from being aspirational to an accepted part of business as usual.
“The stories we’ve heard tonight are further proof that with a degree of courage and a willingness to collaborate we can deliver transformational practices and processes that have the power to benefit both customers and the environment, and help to strengthen the industry moving forward.”