Ten winners crowned at 10th Young Professionals Green Energy Awards

19/04/24 | News release
YPGEA24 winners

Ten up-and-coming green energy stars were honoured last night (April 18) at the tenth Young Professionals Green Energy Awards

The Young Professionals Green Energy Awards, launched in 2015 by Scottish Renewables, the industry body for Scotland’s renewable energy industry, recognises those who have achieved beyond all expectations, those who are pioneering new ideas and have the drive and ambition to change the industry for the better. 

Winners this year include:

  • Roberto Tuda of Waves Group scooped the Innovator Award for his expertise in hydrogen technology which has spearheaded the integration of hydrogen fuel cells as a clean energy source for Crew Transfer Vessels.
  • Emma McGregor from Tony Gee and Partners LLP took home the Engineer Award for her work designing a floating Sandwater Road Embankment which was integral to the delivery of the 103-turbine Viking wind farm project.
  • Yabin Liu from The University of Edinburgh was the winner of the Academic Award for his research into the noise and impact on power production caused by vortexes created by hydropower, tidal and wind turbine blades.

The winners were selected from a shortlist of 36.

Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said:

“The Young Professionals Green Energy Awards has once again brought the renewables industry together to recognise the contributions being made by its future leaders.

“Each year the standard of talent showcased by all of our shortlisted entrants never ceases to impress.

“The skills, professionalism and passion shown by tonight’s winners demonstrate a commitment to their careers and I strongly encourage them to maintain this determination as they grow, develop and shape the future of the renewable energy industry.

“These awards are always a truly special evening but tonight I’m absolutely delighted that we are also able to celebrate the tenth anniversary of this event. It is testament to our thriving industry that we have reached such a significant milestone and it has been a privilege for everyone at Scottish Renewables to watch such a wealth of talent make such great strides in the industry over the last decade. Here’s to the next ten years.”

The winners of this year’s Young Professionals Green Energy Awards will go on to compete for the Young and Inspiring Award at The Scottish Green Energy Awards, which will be held in Edinburgh on December 5.

The full list of winners is:

  • Academic Award, sponsored by ETP: Yabin Liu, The University of Edinburgh
  • Analyst Award, sponsored by Ocean Winds: Stephen Crawshaw, Muirhall Energy
  • Culture Change Award, sponsored by BlueFloat Energy | Renantis Partnership: Lynsey Shovlin, Ocean Winds
  • Engineer Award, sponsored by ESB: Emma McGregor, Tony Gee and Partners LLP
  • Innovator Award, sponsored by Muirhall Energy and WWS Renewables: Roberto Tuda, Waves Group
  • Personal Improvement Award, sponsored by ECO Hire: Lauren Anderson, Shetland Aerogenerators
  • Professional Service Award, sponsored by SLR: Chris Del Valle, ORE Catapult
  • Project Development Award, sponsored by ORE Catapult: Rachel O'Donnell, Olsen Renewables
  • Judges Award: Tim Brown, ScottishPower Renewables and Hannah Lane, ASH


Notes to Editors:

  • The Young Professionals Green Energy Awards is sponsored by BlueFloat Energy | Renantis Partnership, ECO Hire, ESB, ETP, Muirhall Energy, Ocean Winds, ORE Catapult, SLR and WWS Renewables, and supported by official media partner reNews.
  • Professional free to use images from the event are available here.
  • To request an interview with one of the award winners, please contact Ewan McInnes, Media Manager at Scottish Renewables.