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ScotGrad Alumni Shortlisted for Awards

Three ScotGrad alumni have been shortlisted for prestigious renewable energy awards, with the ceremony to be held in May 2016.

Published: 20/04/2016

Grant Feasey, Jutta Stauber, and Lisa MacKenzie are in line for gongs at the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards, organised by industry body Scottish Renewables.

The trio - who took part in the programme between 2011 and as recently as last autumn - could pick up prizes in the Engineer, Academic, and Communicator categories respectively. 

Grant Feasy at AES Solar     Jutta Stauber for Energy Awards     Lisa successful ScotGrad alumni finalist

Pictured: Grant Feasey, Jutta Stauber, and Lisa MacKenzie

Solar star Grant, now Senior Design Engineer at AES Solar in Forres, is the brains behind the industry-leading AES Supremacy Solar Thermal Collector. It uses sunlight to heat water - a renewable energy technology which works even in Scotland, reducing carbon emissions and heating bills.

Jutta transitioned from an applied mathematics background into renewable engineering modelling, and is now designing wind turbine models and novel world-beating solutions with engineering consultancy Xi. So far Jutta has worked on a project to find the source of vibration in the drivetrain of wind turbines, and then used that knowledge to reduce the noise emitted by the device.

Lisa MacKenzie joined the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney in 2011, and since then has been fundamental in making EMEC a world-leading brand in marine renewable energy. EMEC is a test and development hub for wave and tidal energy technologies, and is helping Scotland stay at the forefront of this exciting green energy sector.

The Young Professionals Green Energy Awards - now in their second year - are designed to act as a springboard for young pioneers and innovators in renewable energy. Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said:

“No-one in renewables would argue that developing the skills and nurturing the talent of these young professionals is hugely important in making sure the industry is ready to face the future. The Young Professionals Green Energy Awards are our way of recognising the amazing work which is being done by people at the start of their careers, and the contribution that they are making to the overall success of the industry.”

We wish them all the best of luck at the ceremony next month. For more information on the awards, visit the Scottish Renewables website.