A young engineer has been rewarded with a Green Energy Award after saving his company SSE £250,000 on a Highland project.
By suggesting that a damaged valve at the Quoich Dam in the Highlands be refurbished rather than replaced James Williamson saved SSE over quarter of a million.
The engineer used algebraic equations to produce a 3D model of the part – cutting costs and ensuring the 63-year-old scheme continued producing green energy.
As a result of his quick thinking Mr Williamson was awarded a Young Professionals Green Energy Award at an event held in Glasgow this week.
Also honoured were John Freeburn, a serviceman turned wind turbine technician who won the Apprentice Award for working with Windhoist’s huge cranes to grow Europe’s wind fleet, and Sarah Cochetel, who won the Project Manager Award for delivering more than 100 solar PV projects during her time with Wood.
Claire Mack, chief executive of Scottish Renewables, the industry body which organises the awards, said: “I’m very impressed by the level of talent showcased at the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards this year.
“The winners have shown skills beyond their years of experience and they’re certainly punching well above their weight in their new careers. They are truly the best and brightest of our industry.
“What stands out for me is the dedication and professionalism shown by all of our shortlisted entrants. Their achievements absolutely demonstrate their commitment to both their careers and to the future of renewable energy.”
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