The brightest and best in the decentralised energy industry were recognised last night at the Decentralised Energy Awards 2018.
The Decentralised Energy Awards ceremony and dinner is the Association for Decentralised Energy’s (ADE’s) flagship event. A night of glitz and glamour where the who's who of the decentralised energy world come together to recognise and celebrate achievements in industry.
This year's event was sponsored by Edina and was the biggest yet. The ADE received more award entries than ever before and was joined by more than 430 guests on the night.
The event took place at the City of London Guildhall, the oldest building in the UK with heating provided by combined heat and power.
Speaking at the event, ADE Director Dr Tim Rotheray told guests:
The decentralised energy industry is going through a really exciting time of transformational change and you are at the heart of it.
And the change that we’re seeing is the result of the projects that you’re making happen; we wouldn’t be here tonight if it weren’t for you.
Your passion, knowledge and commitment to creating a low carbon, efficient decentralised energy future energises and motivates us at the ADE to continue to advocate for you to Government.
Tonight is a wonderful occasion to take a moment to reflect not only what has been achieved, but also the opportunities that lie ahead.
Incoming ADE Deputy Director Dr Joanne Wade commented that the change being experienced in the energy industry was reflected in the entries received, with nominations this year focussed on customer need rather than technology:
The boundaries between technologies are disappearing, as customer need, rather than technology drives the development of innovative solutions – and we’ve seen that in this year’s entries.
In putting customer needs first and enabling energy users to make the choices that work for them, our industry is positioning itself at the heart of the transition to a local, efficient, low carbon energy system.
The Association congratulates each of the Award winners
Industrial Award - Veolia CHP UK Ltd, Quorn Foods, Stokesley
Veolia is helping Quorn Foods advance their sustainability goals by delivering energy using CHP technology. As the first global brand in their sector to achieve Carbon Trust certification of its carbon footprint figures, Veolia’s CHP plant enables Quorn Foods to guarantee the energy needs of the production facilities and reduce carbon emissions.
Commercial Award - Edina and Flexitricity, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Glasgow
Edina’s 3.6MWe CHP plant and Flexitricity’s demand-side response model kick-starts a new energy journey for Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. The project was designed and built to achieve high standards of environmental performance, provide long-term sustainable energy and ensure security of power.
Cities and Communities Award - E.ON Business and Community Solutions, Blackburn Meadows Energy Park
E.ON’s Blackburn Meadows Energy Park in Sheffield integrates biomass, heating, demand response and energy efficiency.
Domestic Award - Switch2 Energy Limited, Wolverhampton Community Heating Schemes
Sponsored by Heat Trust
Wolverhampton Homes and Switch2 worked closely together to upgrade the metering equipment at three sites to reduce bills and improve efficiency. The project was carried out with resident needs front of mind throughout.
Innovation Award - University of Nottingham Project, SCENIC
Sponsored by Centrica Business Solutions
Project SCENIC (Smart Controlled Energy Networks Integrated in Communities) is a small-scale community heat network linking seven residential properties. The infrastructure acts as a research facility to test domestic distributed generation, low-temperature heat networks and community energy projects.
Nottingham Universtiy won the Innovation Award for Project SCENIC
Research and Consultancy Award - Lux Nova Partners
Lux Nova provided end-to-end legal support for energetik’s heat network project. Appointed at the outset of the main stage of project development, Lux Nova provided initial strategic and commercial legal advice on structuring, working to develop a robust governance mechanism to operate between energetik and Enfield Council.
Lux Nova took home the Research and Consultancy Award
Young Professional - Emma Ashcroft, Carbon Trust
Sponsored by Vattenfall
As Manager of Cities and Regions with the Carbon Trust, Emma helped public sector clients in the UK, India and New Zealand develop heat network projects to deliver strategic ambitions for decarbonisation and sustainable development. She leads on the development of best practice stakeholder engagement approaches, and is lead author of the Heat Network Stakeholder Engagement Guide (BEIS, 2018).
Emma Ashcroft was recognised for her stakeholder engagement skills
Champion Award - Fiona McDonald, Switch2 Energy Ltd
With almost 40 years’ experience in customer focussed roles, Fiona joined Switch2 in 2014 with one mission: to provide an excellent service to heat network customers. Fiona uses her experience in other sectors to bring best-in-class customer services to the heat network industry and is passionate about Switch2 being recognised as a benchmark of excellence.