Liverpool-based repair firm, OSDS Ltd, has won the Environmental Impact Award at the UK Energy Innovation Awards 2014, which were held in Manchester at the end of April.
The firm specialises in small ‘keyhole’ excavations for underground utility repairs, and it won the award for developing a compact vehicle for energy utility companies that combines drilling and excavation in a single unit. Usually two separate vehicles are required.
The combined vehicle reduces fuel consumption, transport-related emissions and traffic congestion. It was first trialled in 2010 and is now being used on Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE)’s gas network.
Energy Innovation Awards
The annual UK Energy Innovation Awards are run by the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) in Ellesmere Port. They aim to celebrate projects and solutions that are helping UK industry to move towards a lower carbon future.
The awards were first established in 2010 and have grown year-on-year. This year’s event was attended by more than 370 people and supported by a range of industry leaders and network operators, including National Grid.
The Environmental Impact Award was one of ten awards presented on the night. It recognises innovative businesses that provide environmental solutions for the wider energy network.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, OSDS director, Stephen Dunmore, said: “Our business came about through a simple idea nine years ago, which managed to come to fruition through [the support of] UK engineering companies, so we’re really delighted to now be recognised in these awards.”
Denise Massey, managing director of the EIC, said: “We are proud to host these awards, which continue to go from strength-to-strength each year.
“Their evolution over the past four years reflects the development of innovation within the energy sector, which has gone from being aspirational to an accepted part of business as usual.
“...[The event is] proof that, with a degree of courage and a willingness to collaborate, we can deliver transformational practices and processes that have the power to benefit both customers and the environment, and help to strengthen the industry moving forward.”
The UK Energy Innovation Awards are free to enter, and more information can be found on the EIC website.
Posted under Fuel Efficiency, Automotive, Energy and Renewables and Environmental Technologies on 13 May 2014