The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has been recognised for its infrastructure and economic impact at regional and national level at two award ceremonies held last week.
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) President’s Award for Energy Infrastructure was presented to EMEC at the British Construction Industry Awards in London on 10 October.
This new award recognises excellence in a chosen theme, which this year ICE president Richard Coackley set as the generation, storage and delivery of energy.
The centre was commended for its test site facilities based in Orkney, which enable 14 full-scale marine energy technologies to test simultaneously in some of the harshest wave and tidal conditions, as well as its test sites situated in less challenging real sea conditions for smaller-scale device testing.
EMEC also scooped the accolade of Best Renewable Energy (Offshore) at the Energy North Awards in Inverness on 12 October for its role in the development of the burgeoning marine renewables industry in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.