Two Fife projects scoop national green energy awards
Published: Monday 05 Dec 2016 by Fife Economy Partnership
Two Fife projects - the Eden Campus Energy Centre and ORE Catapult Levenmouth demonstration offshore wind turbine - each won a major national award at the 2016 Scottish Green Energy Awards.
The University of St Andrews and Vital Energi took the prestigious Sustainable Development Award for the biomass energy centre at the University's Eden Campus at Guardbridge, while The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult won the Best Community Engagement Award for its demonstrator offshore wind turbine at Levenmouth.
The £25 million energy centre on the east side ot the former paper mill site at Guardbridge produces hot water from a biomass boiler using clean, natural fuels which is pumped four miles through an underground pipeline to St Andrews where it heats University buildings.
Professor Verity Brown,the University's Vice-Principal (Enterprise & Engagement) said: "To win such a prestigious award against competition from across Scotland is an outstanding achievement.
"The energy centre at the Eden Campus at Guardbridge is a remarkable energineering project which would not have been possible without our partners, Vital Energi."
The ORE Catapult is the UK's flagship technology innovation and research centre for advancing wind, wave and tidal energy. It won the Best Community Engagement Award for the community engagement work it has carried out in Levenmouth for its offshore wind turbine.
Last month, ORE Catapult launched the world's first competition for SMEs to gain access to its 7MW demonstrator turbine at Levenmouth to prove and commercialise innovative new sensing technologies. Companies with sensing technologies that can monitor blades, drivetrains and foundations are invited to come along to a briefing workshop on 12 January 2017.
Organised by Scottish Renewables, the Scottish Green Energy Awards recognise the determination, innovation, people, organisations and communities that have helped the renewable energy industry evolve.
For more information and a list of all the 2016 award winners, visit the Scottish Renewables website.
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