December 13 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 20, 2013
A wave energy device pioneered by a business launched only four years ago won the EEEGR Innovation Awards 2013.
Marine Power Systems (MPS) and its WaveSub innovation took the title at a gala dinner attended by 160 delegates at the Holiday Inn, Norwich North.
Two small-scale prototypes have already been used to test WaveSub, which aims to address the challenges facing devices exploiting wave energy. The innovation can harness wave orbital energy flow and can automatically adjust to optimum depth, or protect itself by dropping safely below stormy seas.
The special Low Carbon Award was won by Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science) for its innovative use of a wave glider for ocean surveys.
Meanwhile, Weatherford’s Rapid Close Ram System, designed to isolate offshore wells rapidly in emergencies such as blow-outs, was runner-up in the main awards.
Simon Gray, East of England Energy Group chief executive, said the finalists did the East of England proud for their pioneering ideas.
Two hundred jobs are set to be created after one of west Norfolk’s largest businesses was granted permission to expand its King’s Lynn facilities.