Scottish firm wins energy awards

AWS Ocean Energy has won two Pioneer Awards at EnergyOcean, the international ocean renewables conference held in Hawaii.

The Alness-based firm won a Company Pioneer Award for businesses that have demonstrated a commercially viable and scalable ocean energy power producing device for its work in developing the Archimedes Wave Swing.

The company’s non-executive director, Fred Gardner, the originator of the Archimedes Wave Swing, won a Technology Pioneer Award, which recognises exceptional individual inventors and designers of viable ocean energy devices.

The EnergyOcean Pioneer Awards recognise individuals and organisations in five separate categories that have made a significant contribution to the promotion, implementation and development of ocean energy around the world.

AWS Ocean Energy’s wins follow news earlier this summer that a demonstration pre-commercial prototype of the Archimedes Wave Swing, with a capacity of 250kW, will be deployed at Orkney’s European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in 2008.

The company plans to construct its first mini wave farm of 500kW Archimedes units by the third quarter of 2009, expanding within 12 months to 20 units, with projections to have installed over 100 units by 2013.