Humber Renewables Awards winners crowned on a night of celebration

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 May 2018

The burgeoning Energy Estuary has been celebrated in grand style.

Humber Renewables Awards 2018 crowned nine phenomenal organisations, recognising innovation, performance and perseverance as a decade of green development is realised.

Hull’s Spencer Group was crowned Humber Renewables Champion with judges impressed by a strong track record leading to record results, as it completes two significant projects and powers on with an ambassadorial role in education and encouraging women in manufacturing and engineering.

CHAMPIONS: Spencer Group.

Orsted’s Race Bank offshore wind farm was named as Best Renewables Project, a truly pan-Humber project with Hull blades adding to the construction co-ordination and operations and maintenance out of Grimsby.

Headline sponsor, Siemens Gamesa’s head of port operations, Barry Denness, describing how “The Humber has caught the gaze of the global renewables sector... we're at the centre of an energy revolution.”

The evening was compered by the energetic weather presenter Emma Jesson, resplendent in green to complement the evening.

Representing the organisers, Hull Daily Mail and Grimsby Telegraph, South Bank business editor David Laister told how we were now “living and breathing the green dream as potential and possibility becomes business reality”.

He said: “Recognised as the hub for the emerging critical mass of offshore wind, with the world’s biggest farm now under construction, the Energy Estuary vision has become the vista from our ports and harbours, with the supply chain running back over the quaysides and into the wider community we are proud to represent.

SPEECHES: Barry Denness, above, and David Laister, speak at the Humber Renewables Awards 2018.

“But we’re not just about offshore wind, as the entries to Humber Renewables Awards 2018 have clearly demonstrated. From solar to smart generation, anaerobic digestion to advanced education, the nominations are a credit to the commitment of so many.”

Innovative skill-builders Modal Training and Ron Dearing UTC took the Excellence in Renewables Skills and Training and Renewables Education awards respectively, with state-of-the-art simulator and virtual reality technology building on good old fashioned industry relations.

Fledgling micro generation start-up MyEnergi of Binbrook took the Green Innovation gong, having attracted backing from former Tesco chief Sir Terry Leahy, while Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal lead, ABP’s Sarah West, took the Women in Manufacturing and Engineering accolade, having gone from Royal Navy commander to heading up the world’s largest biomass reception facility.

Small Business of the Year was picked up by McAusland Turner Ltd, the Hull-based marine surveyor and consultant of 130 years standing. It has experienced significant growth in turnover from contracts with major offshore wind developers.

Large business went to Singleton Birch. The Melton Ross quarry turned to anaerobic digestion when its intensive energy use started to blast the bottom line.

Now it has bought out the technology provider and is setting a growth plan from the South Bank, having established third party sites. 

Roll of honour:

Humber Renewables Small Business of the Year sponsored by Cobus

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Winner: McAusland Turner Ltd

Runners up: Hota, Petrotech


Best Renewable Project or Installation sponsored by Xceco

Winner: Race Bank (Orsted)

Commended: Grimsby Shipyard Services

Runner up: ABP (Immingham solar)


Excellence in Renewables Skills and Training sponsored by Arco

Winner: Modal Training (Grimsby Institute)

Runners up: HOTA, Catch


Renewables Education sponsored by Hull College Group

Winner: Ron Dearing UTC

Runner up: Ormiston Maritime Academy (Teach First / Orsted)


Green Innovation sponsored by ABP

Winner: MyEnergi

Runners up: Y Pellets, GEV Wind Power


Humber Renewables Medium / Large Business of the Year  sponsored by Humberbusiness.com

Winner: Singleton Birch

Runners up: Spencer Group, Vivergo Fuels


Community Project sponsored by Spencer Group

Winner: HOTA 

Runners up: Environmental and Management Solutions, Grimsby 10K


Women in Manufacturing and Engineering sponsored by E.on

Winner: Sarah West, ABP

Commended: Women into Manufacturing and Engineering (WiME) collaborative programme, with the efforts of Kirsty Clode and Julie Shave

Runner up: Jordan Brompton, MyEnergi


Humber Renewables Champion sponsored by Siemens Gamesa

Spencer Group.

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