Edinburgh Firm Aquamarine Power Wins Top European Award

Alyn Smith MEP, member of the European Parliament's Energy, Industry and Research Committee, has congratulated Aquamarine Power for winning a top European award from European Commission in Brussels last night.

European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik, gave the Edinburgh company first prize in the 'product' category for its innovative Oyster wave energy technology.

The company is currently commissioning its Oyster 800 device at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.

Alyn said:

"Big congratulations to Aquamarine Power! This award is well-deserved and is recognition of the efforts of their team. To be picked out of 156 submissions from 24 EU Member States and applicant countries is an incredible achievement.

"Aquamarine Power has shown innovation and expertise in the development of its wave energy device, Oyster, and the company leads the way in pushing forward research and development into clean, green, renewable technologies. I've been fortunate to work with Aquamarine Power in the past, and have seen first hand the great work they do.

"Again, my congratulations to Aquamarine Power."

The European Business Awards for the Environment were established in 1987 by the European Commission's Directorate-General for the Environment. They are presented every two years with the aim of recognising and rewarding European companies that stimulate economic growth by contributing to innovation and competitiveness, while also protecting the environment.

Five awards are presented to businesses for management practices, eco-friendly products, sustainable processes, international business cooperation and - most recently - activities that protect biodiversity.

The competition is open to any company, irrespective of size, from an EU member state or a candidate country. Further information is available at ec.europa.eu/environment/awards