Two Glasgow-based businesses were among a host of talented companies honoured at the fourth annual UK Energy Innovation Awards 2014.
Smarter Grid Solutions took home the award for ‘Best Smart Grid Innovation’ for its partnership with SSE Power Distribution to launch the UK’s first “smart grid” in Orkney.
The active network management system monitors power flows around the system enabling generator output to be reduced before problems occur. This enables the same amount of renewable generation as conventional network reinforcement at a fraction of the cost.
Consultancy and software company, Open Grid Systems Ltd, won the ‘International Trade Award’ in recognition of strong overseas sales of its tablet application which gives network operators an augmented reality view of their assets out in the field.
The firm has clients in North America and Europe, and generates the majority of its revenues from international markets.
Alan Gooding of Smarter Grid Solutions said: “We’re always delighted with recognition of what we do and to be associated with delivering an innovative product. The Energy Innovation Centre does such a good job and helps to nurture small businesses with bright ideas in what traditionally is a very difficult sector. We look forward to our innovation being deployed more widely.”
Another winner, Alan McMorran of Open Grid Systems commented: “We’re delighted to be recognised in these prestigious awards from leading industry bodies including for example the UKTI. This award means a lot to our company to showcase what we do and add credibility to our business.”
Another Scottish company enjoying success on the night was Synaptec Ltd, a spin out from the University of Strathclyde which collected the award for ‘Best University Technology’.
The company aims to commercialise measurement technology that will facilitate enhanced visibility and rapid control of smart grids, helping to enable a lower carbon network.
An audience of over 370 guests attended the awards event in Manchester.
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.”
The Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) brings industry and innovation together to drive the discovery, development and deployment of new technologies and ideas for the electricity and gas power distribution networks, and the offshore renewable energy sector.
Sponsors of the UK Energy Innovation Awards 2014 included Amey, Earth Capital Partners, Northern Gas Network, SSE Power Distribution, UKTI and ViaSat UK Ltd. The event was also supported by: Electricity North West, the Energy Networks Association, National Grid, Northern Powergrid, SP Energy Networks, Scotia Gas Networks Plc and Wales and West Utilities.