Aberdeen-based Subocean, which specialises in marine renewables, has won the best company accolade at the British Renewable Energy Awards.
The company picked up the top title at the Renewable Energy Association’s (REA) fifth annual awards ceremony, which honour outstanding achievements in the UK sector. John Sinclair, managing director of Subocean, said: “This is a tremendous achievement for the entire team at Subocean.”
Over two years, Subocean has experienced rapid growth by doubling the size of its Aberdeen premises and increasing its employees to 100 onshore and 300 offshore. The company, targeting a turnover of £100million this year, has also expanded in Europe by opening an office in Germany.
Last night’s award is the latest in a succession for Subocean. They include: best renewable company (Scottish Renewables Green Energy Awards 2008), outstanding industry contribution (Scottish Renewables Green Energy Awards 2009), and best renewable company (Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce’s Northern Star Awards 2009).
Also successful at the REA Awards was Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (Areg), which received the best region title in recognition of its achievements in developing the north-east’s sustainable energy capabilities. The private-public partnership has pioneered initiatives to promote the region both nationally and globally.
One of the most notable is the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, off the coast near Aberdeen.
The facility will accelerate the development of offshore windpower in Scotland, the UK and Europe with the significance of the project having been recognised by a £36.75million European Commission grant.
Areg also assisted in the start-up and continues to play an instrumental role in the development of All-Energy: the UK’s number one new generation energy show. Chief operating officer Morag McCorkindale said: “This is tremendous industry recognition of Areg and its members, and shows that we are building significant momentum in the region’s renewable-energy capabilities.”