OpenHydro has secured top honours for the development of its tidal turbine technology which has been designed at the company’s R&D Technology Centre based in Carlingford, Ireland.

At the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, OpenHydro won the Tech Innovation Award for its Turbine Control Centre, while employee Andrew Carlisle secured the International Engineer of the Year award. At the SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards, the company also won the Innovation Award for its tidal turbine technology.

James Ives, Chief Executive at OpenHydro, said: "We are delighted to receive these awards. OpenHydro has nearly one gigawatt of project development in progress across multiple sites in Europe and North America. Over the coming months we plan to achieve industry firsts by delivering two of the world’s first grid connected tidal arrays in France and Canada."

Andrew Carlisle is based in OpenHydro’s offices in Nova Scotia, Canada, where he works as the technical manager on the Cape Sharp Tidal energy project. Commenting on his achievement Carlisle said: "It is a great honour and is further recognition of the exciting, innovative and cutting edge opportunities OpenHydro is offering its workforce. I’ve been working in Nova Scotia for over a year now. It’s a fascinating project to work on."

The Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, now in its sixth year, recognises the high quality work of Irish engineers and engineering projects both in Ireland and abroad. The SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards recognise excellence in energy in businesses, communities and public sector organisations, with innovation at the heart of the competition.