AWS to recruit winning team

AWS Ocean Energy, one of Scotland’s and the UK’s leading marine energy technology companies, plans to double its workforce within the next 12 months.

According to a statement, this will prepare the company for the deployment of its Archimedes Waveswing energy system off the Orkney Islands next year and will expand its ability to deliver ocean energy technologies.

An immediate aim is to win the £10M Saltire Prize on offer to marine energy technology developers, announced by Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond at the start of April.

The expansion of the team at AWS Ocean Energy, based at Alness in Ross-shire in the Scottish Highlands, has been prompted by new investment in the company, led by Shell Technology Ventures Fund (STV Fund), previous grant support given by the Scottish Government in 2007 and the new opportunities to work in partnership with Shell that will come via the involvement of the STV Fund in AWS Ocean Energy.

The marine energy company, which currently employs 13 people, is seeking to strengthen its senior management team with the appointment of a chief technology officer, a lead engineer and several discipline engineers and system researchers.

The chief technology officer will lead the firm’s development of new technologies that will enable economic exploitation of power derived from waves and tidal currents. Between eight and ten people will be recruited over the next six to twelve months by AWS Ocean Energy, including wave power and software engineers and graduate trainees.

‘It’s an exciting and challenging time to be working in the marine energy business,’ said Simon Grey, AWS Ocean Energy’s chief executive. ‘There is a strong political commitment being shown by the Scottish and UK governments, as exemplified by the creation of the Saltire Prize which we are entering for. And there is increasing participation in the wave and tidal sector by the major energy firms and commercial interest from the financial institutions.’