Puffin-tracking AI system shortlisted for prestigious Scottish Green Energy Award

Claire Mack (Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables)

A PROJECT which uses artificial intelligence to track puffins and salmon is one of 45 shortlisted for this year’s Scottish Green Energy Awards.

SSE Renewables with partners Microsoft and Avanade, is using the tech – which can spot the difference between individual puffins to avoid counting the same bird twice – to monitor wildlife at a wind farm and a hydropower site.

The project is shortlisted in the Best Innovation category, finalists for which also include a mobile hydrogen refueling station and a cutting-edge battery designed by a Scottish start-up.

Industry body Scottish Renewables, which runs The Scottish Green Energy Awards, is announcing the shortlist today ahead of the annual black-tie award ceremony on December 1 in Edinburgh.

The Awards see 45 individuals, companies and projects compete to scoop prizes in 13 prestigious categories.

Other finalists include:

  • Whisky giant Glenmorangie for its carbon reduction efforts, including running its Livingston bottling plant on solar power
  • Electrical services company FES and Renfrewshire Council for taking heat from sewage and using it to warm buildings on a new innovation park
  • The UK’s first all-electric intercity bus service, currently operated by Ember between Edinburgh and Dundee.

Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, told how the shortlist showed the renewable energy industry was moving to a new phase.

She said:

“So many of the nominations which have been shortlisted by our judges are collaborations between companies large and small, which is something we haven’t seen before in these numbers.

“What that shows is that the industry is maturing, and that green energy projects are now seen as the type of opportunity which everyone, from multinationals to SMEs, can get involved in.

“The shortlist this year is of exceptional quality and represents, as it always does, the very best of the industry in Scotland. Chairing the judging session is always tough, and I can report that this year was no exception, with much thought going into deciding the shortlist for each category, let alone the winner.

“I’d like to wish all the finalists the very best of luck and look forward to meeting them in Edinburgh in December for what I’m sure will be a memorable night.”

Finalists in The Scottish Green Energy Awards include projects, people and organisations from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, the Western Isles and Dumfries and Galloway, among many other Scottish regions.

Matthieu Hue, CEO of EDF Renewables, the event’s Headline Sponsor said:

“The Scottish Green Energy Awards is one of the top events in the calendar for our industry, celebrating the talent, passion and skills within the Scottish renewables sector.

“We are delighted to once again be Headline Sponsor of the event, marking many of the fantastic achievements that have taken place across the last year as we accelerate our efforts towards net-zero.”

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