Marine Current Turbines (Bristol, U.K.) reported on June 15 that it has won the Renewable Energy Association's Developer of the Year Award. The award recognized the company's successful design, deployment and operation of its 1.2-MW SeaGen tidal current energy system.
SeaGen, the world's first commercial-scale tidal current energy system, was installed in Northern Ireland's Strangford Lough last year and is now generating power into the local grid. At 1.2 MW capacity, it has the power to generate clean electricity for about 1,000 homes.
Martin Wright, managing director of Marine Current Turbines, received the award at a ceremony in London. Martin said: "This award, voted by the U.K. renewables industry, recognizes the efforts and commitment of our engineering and project development teams. The development and deployment of SeaGen has been challenging and we have still have work to do in order to deploy our technology on a commercial basis but the REA Award underlines the belief, shared across the industry, that tidal energy can and will make a meaningful contribution to the U.K. energy market in the coming years."
This is the second major award that Marine Current Turbines has received in 2009. In February, the company won the 2009 Rosenblatt New Energy Rising Star award.