Humber Renewables Awards 2017 winners revealed

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Mar 2017

Hull's brightest and best in green energy have been unveiled at the Humber Renewables Awards 2017.

Now in their sixth year, the annual event hosted by the Hull Daily Mail in partnership with Siemens, took place at the Deep.

There, some of the area's most innovative 'green' organisations gathered to celebrate their achievements.

Representatives from 24 businesses and organisations of all shapes and sizes had been shortlisted across 8 categories, from Renewables Small Business of the Year, which was won by TRG Wind, to Renewables Innovation, which was won by Northern Divers.

There was also a special accolade, Renewables Champion, which was awarded to Tim Rix.

Jamie Macaskill, executive editor of the Hull Daily Mail, said: "When the Mail first launched these awards, it was unclear exactly what the potential in renewable energy was for this region.

"Green Port Hull was still an idea on the drawing board .

"Compare this to now, when there are thousands employed in jobs linked to the industry, with the Humber earning its rightful crown as the UK's Energy Estuary.

"None of this would have been possible without the ingenuity, dedication and commitment of businesses, employees and politicians of organisations throughout the region, some of which are sitting here this evening."

The awards were held in association with lead partner, Siemens.

In December, the company opened its hotly anticipated blade factory in Alexandra Dock – two months ahead of schedule.

Blade factory director Jason Speedy was the keynote speaker at last night's awards dinner.

He said: "This will be the third year Siemens has been involved in the Humber Renewables Awards and we are delighted to, once again, play our part in making the event an outstanding success.

"In previous years, the awards evening has heard about the progress we are making to establish our investment in Hull and our ambitions to maximise the benefits for the city and region.

"This year, we can reflect on what has been achieved, as we move from project mode to business as usual."

Mr Speedy brought guests up to speed on achievements to date, including the successful delivery of a comprehensive skills programme for hundreds of staff, production of the first completed blade, and the first shipment of wind turbine components from the newly constructed harbour at Alexandra Dock.

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He said: "We have always said the most significant impact we would have locally would be in jobs and skills. "We feel we have delivered in these areas, too. We have now employed about 800 people in Hull, with 97 per cent living within a 30-mile radius of the city.

"Here in the Humber, Siemens and partners such as DONG Energy are industrialising a form of energy generation that is still in its relative infancy.

"We are playing a key part in innovating the future of an industry in which the UK is already a world leader. "But we are certainly far from unique as green energy innovators and that is a key reason why these awards are so important.

"They recognise and inspire the innovation that has been so critical to the development of the Humber's ever-growing reputation as a hub of renewable energy technologies."

The winners and finalists

1. Humber Renewables Small Business of the Year (fewer than 50 employees), sponsored by Cobus Communications

Winner: TRG Wind

Finalists: McAusland and Turner, Flixborough Eco Technologies,

2. Best Renewables Project/Installation in the Humber Area, sponsored by PureSpeed

Winner: HRS Energy/CF Struthers/GB Bio/Solar 21

Finalists: Enrolled Freeman of Grimsby, Crown Paints

3. Excellence in Renewables Skills and Training, sponsored by RSM

Winner: Pathway to Employment (Green port Hull)

Finalist: Hull College

4. Renewables Education, sponsored by Hull College Group

Winner: Greenpower Education Trust

Finalists: Professional Energy Management, Waste Management Team ERYC

5. Renewables Innovation, sponsored by ABP

Winner: Northern Divers

Finalists: HRS Energy, Kirsty Blakeborough-Wesson (GWE Biogas)

6. Humber Renewables Medium/Large Business of the Year (more than 50 employees), sponsored by KRL Group

Winner: JR Rix and Sons

Finalists: ABP, Wilkin Chapman

7. Community Project (Engaging the Community), sponsored by Spencer Group

Winner: Grimsby Community Energy Ltd

Finalists: Green Port Hull (Women in Manufacturing and Engineering), Environmental and Management Solutions

8. Rising Star, sponsored by Arco

Winner: Grotech Production Ltd

Finalists: Marketplace Systems

9. Renewables Champion, Sponsored by Siemens

Tim Rix

To read more about the awards, including a round-up of all the winners, judges' comments and speeches, see the special Renewables Awards supplement in Wednesday's Mail.

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