Underwater turbine scheme wins top renewables award

The Atlantis Resources venture was recognised at the Scottish Green Energy Awards.

MeyGen: Turbine is lowered into the water during construction. Atlantis Resources

Underwater turbines which generate electricity using tidal currents have won a top accolade at the Scottish Green Energy Awards.

Atlantis Resources was one of 11 winners announced on Thursday for its MeyGen project in the Pentland Firth.

They were drawn from a shortlist of 40 contenders during the event at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Scottish Renewables chief executive Claire Mack said: "This year's winners are helping Scotland change the way it thinks about energy - something that's going to be increasingly important in future.

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"They're creating the organisations, projects and mindsets that we'll need to tackle climate change, while continuing to power Scotland's economy."

Atlantis recently set a new world record when two MeyGen turbines generated enough electricity to power 2000 homes for a month.

The company intends to eventually install 269 turbines in the Pentland Firth, between Orkney and Caithness.

They will reportedly be capable of generating 398 megawatts of clean energy - enough to power 175,000 homes.

  • Best Community Engagement Award: Locogen – Ben Mor Hydro 500kW Shared Ownership Project
  • Best Community Project Award: West Harris Trust - Talla na Mara
  • Best Innovation Award: Scottish Water Horizons and SHARC Energy - Borders College Campus sewage energy recovery system
  • Carbon Reduction Award: Bright Green Hydrogen, Fife Council and Toshiba - The Levenmouth Community Energy Project
  • Champion of Renewables: Barbara Whiting
  • Contribution to Skills Award: 2050 Climate Group
  • Outstanding Contribution Award: Gareth Davies
  • Outstanding Project Award: Atlantis Resources – MeyGen
  • Outstanding Service Award: Wood
  • Sustainable Development Award: SP Energy Networks - Future Intelligent Transmission Network Substation (FITNESS)
  • Rising Star Award: Virginia Ruiz Albacete

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