Press release

Renewable energy innovations make waves at the IET Innovation Awards

15 November 2018

Cutting-edge advances in the fields of energy, power and sustainability were the highlight at the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Innovation Awards ceremony in central London last night.

Orbital Marine Power took the Power and Energy Award for their work on generating power from a floating tidal turbine. Since its installation in 2017, the turbine has successfully demonstrated reliable tidal stream electricity generation over 365 days of continuous operation, making it the largest and most successful floating tidal turbine in the world.

Commenting on the awards CEO Andrew Scott said: “We are honoured to have been selected from amongst such great nominations, and I’m really proud for the whole team at Orbital Marine. They have worked so hard over recent years, under some immense pressure, and through it all have been steadfast and professional in their delivery of a new and truly innovative renewable energy technology – this is some well-deserved recognition for them.”

A team from Arup, based in Hong Kong, were awarded the Sustainability and Environmental Impact prize for the Air Induction Unit: an alternative to mechanical fans. Designed for use in sub-tropical regions, the unit has no blades or gears, meaning it requires less cleaning and minimal maintenance and saves up to 65% on electricity consumption.

Other innovations winning prizes at the awards included inventions to improve healthcare treatment, repair power networks, alert the need for structural repairs and update manufacturing processes.

IET President Mike Carr OBE, said: “Our Innovation Awards put the achievements of the most outstanding engineering and technology inventors around the world into the spotlight and play a critical role in helping them advance their vital work.

“Innovation is an essential foundation for the growth of the global economy and for raising the standard of living in all communities. It is a key differentiator that makes companies and projects successful and, in keeping with the IET’s mission to inspire excellence in engineering and technology, we are immensely proud to recognise, celebrate and show our support for these exceptional achievements.”

The 2018 IET Innovation Award winners are:

  • IET and E&T Innovation of the Year - NeuroCONCISE Ltd for their wearable, AI-enabled neurotechnology platform that translates brainwaves into control signals. This innovation also won the Start-up category.

  • Communications - Wave2Wave Solution, for their Robotic Optical Management Engine (ROME) that automates the configuration of physical fibre layer connections in data centres and optical networks.Cyber Security – dstl, for their Cyber Red Team Training Game, that exploits gamification science, requires no IT to run and has no security classification requirement.

  • Emerging Technology Design – Sonobex Limited, for development of noise control technologies using acoustic metamaterials.Healthcare Technologies – University College London, for their work on tracking viruses in space and time

  • Information Technology – University of Cambridge for a virtual 3D space that detects defects in concrete bridges and maps them onto digital "twins", helping management of repair work

  • Intelligent Systems – Viper Innovations Ltd, for “CableGuardian”, a device that uses intelligent algorithms and IOT architecture to provide real-time system fault information in the power network

  • Manufacturing Technology – Temboo, for their code generation technology, that simplifies updating of legacy systems

  • Model-Based Engineering – Orbital Marine Power Ltd, for the hydrodynamic modelling techniques used in their floating tidal turbines

  • Power and Energy – Orbital Marine Power Ltd, for their floating tidal turbine, that has generated reliable electricity for 365 continuous days since its installation.

  • Sustainability – Arup, for their bladeless ventilation system, which saves up to 65% electricity consumption compared to mechanical fans

  • Technology Transfer – Power & Water, for sustainable water treatment, that uses electrolysis and ultrasound and removes the need for hazardous liquid chemicals.

  • Transport – Jaguar Land Rover, for their work on smart and intelligent surfaces, integrating the customer interaction surface with structural electronics.

  • Young Innovators – Creavo Medical Technologies, for compact magnetometers for analysing the heart's magnetic field, improving both sensitivity and resolution of MCG devices

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