Some of Scotland’s most promising green energy leaders of tomorrow have been honoured for their work.
Eight up-and-coming green energy stars were named at the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards held by Scottish Renewables tonight.
The continuing pandemic saw the usual black tie event switched to a live broadcast online.
But that did nothing to dull the achievements of the winners on the night,
Among them offshore wind farm engineer Eishar Bassan of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, for her role in changing workplace culture for the better.
Her work has seen a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy implemented across the company’s worldwide operations.
She joins seven others who were presented with Young Professionals Green Energy Awards for their bright and innovative contributions to Scotland’s renewable energy industry.
Anthony Kinsella of ScottishPower Renewables was announced as the Innovator Award winner for his pioneering work on Virtual Synchronous Machines, which could change the way the electricity system is managed in the future.
Recognition also went to Hannah Grainger of BAM Nuttall, who received the Engineer Award for improving the safety, quality and environmental impact of projects, and for her work addressing the shortfall of female engineers in the renewable energy sector.
The Academic Award went to Fraser Stewart, PhD Student at the University of Strathclyde, for his work informing Glasgow Community Energy – the city’s first ever community energy project, which will benefit some its most deprived communities.
Thet were selected by a panel of eight judges from more than 100 nominees.
It is truly inspiring to see the drive and dedication of those who are just starting their careers in renewable energy.Claire Mack, Scottish ReneWables
Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, the industry body which organises the awards, said: “This year’s Young Professionals Green Energy Awards once again showcase the incredible talent pool we have here in Scotland.
“It is truly inspiring to see the drive and dedication of those who are just starting their careers in renewable energy.
“COP26 coming to Glasgow in November will see the world come together to map out what we need to do next to fight climate change and it’s reassuring to know that the innovation and skills of the people taking part tonight will play a key role in delivering those ambitions.
“Congratulations to all the winners, you should be extremely proud of your achievements.”
Young Professionals Green Energy Awards 2021 full list of winners:
- Academic Award (Sponsored by ETP): Fraser Stewart, University of Strathclyde
- Analyst Award: Jack Evans, TTI Marine Renewables Ltd
- Culture Change Award: Eishar Bassan, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
- Engineer Award (sponsored by ESB): Hannah Grainger, BAM Nuttall
- Innovator Award (sponsored by OPITO): Anthony Kinsella, ScottishPower Renewables
- Personal Improvement Award (sponsored by Skills Development Scotland): Ethan Lekalake, Renewable Parts
- Professional Service Award: Olivia Smith, Burness Paull LLP
- Project Development Award: Hannah Collings, Xodus Group Ltd
The winners of the 2021 Young Professionals Green Energy Awards will go on to compete for the Young and Inspiring Award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards, which will be held later this year.