OpenHydro scoops innovation awards

Ireland-based tidal energy developer OpenHydro has won three awards at this year’s Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, and SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards.

OpenHydro, a DCNS company, won the Tech Innovation Award for its Turbine Control Centre, while employee Andrew Carlisle secured the International Engineer of the Year award at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards.

At the SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards, OpenHydro also won the Innovation Award for its tidal turbine technology.

James Ives, Chief Executive at OpenHydro, said the company is honored to receive these awards, and added: “We are now, with DCNS’ support, transitioning from research and development, to a company focused on industrial supply to our international projects.

“OpenHydro has nearly one gigawatt of project development in progress across multiple sites in Europe and North America. Over the coming months we plan to achieve industry firsts by delivering two of the world’s first grid connected tidal arrays in France and Canada.”

The Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards recognises the work of Irish engineers and engineering projects both in Ireland and abroad.

The SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards recognise excellence in energy in businesses, communities and public sector organisations, with innovation at the heart of the competition.

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