OpenHydro wins industry awards for tidal energy technology

Tidal energy technology developer OpenHydro was recently recognized for its work with honors at both the Engineers Ireland and Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland awards programs.

The Dublin-based company was given the Tech Innovation Award for its Turbine Control Centre at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards gala. The DCNS-subsidiary was also the winner of the Innovation Award at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Sustainable Energy Awards program.

“We are delighted to receive these awards, which acknowledge how ground-breaking our technology is,” CEO James Ives said. “We are now, with DCNS’ support, transitioning from research and development to a company focused on industrial supply to our international projects.”

OpenHydro employee Andrew Carlisle was also awarded the International Engineer of the Year award by Engineers Ireland for his work as technical manager at the Cape Sharp Tidal project at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) in Nova Scotia, Canada. (1)

“It is a great honor and is further recognition of the exciting, innovative and cutting edge opportunities OpenHydro is offering its workforce,” Carlisle said. “I’ve been working in Nova Scotia for over a year now and am really enjoying it here. It’s a fascinating project to work on.”

OpenHydro’s portfolio now includes projects in Canada, France, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Channel Islands with utility partners including Emera, EDF, Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, SSE Renewables and Alderney Renewable Energy.

The company also has the distinction of being the first to deploy a tidal turbine at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), leading to it being the first feed tidal stream-generated power into the United Kingdom’s national grid.

“OpenHydro has nearly 1 GW of project development in progress across multiple sites in Europe and North America,” Ives said. “Over the coming months, we plan to achieve industry firsts by delivering two of the world’s first grid-connected tidal arrays in France and Canada.”

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