ECCI Ideas Lab resident wins 2015 Heriot Watt Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Award 2015

15 May 2015

ECCI Ideas Lab resident David Townsend has won the 2015 Heriot Watt Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Award 2015 (Energy and Entrepreneurship category).

Fergus Ewing Scottish Energy Minister yesterday presented the award to David Townsend of Town Rock Energy.

Each winner was presented with a fine glass trophy and a cheque for £500 by the Minister at a ceremony hosted in Edinburgh by the UK Green Investment Bank.

The winners are: -

Energy, Infrastructure and Society: Dr. JENNIFER ROBERTS Strathclyde University
Energy and Fossil Fuels: Dr. CAIRONG JIANG, St. Andrew’s University
Energy and the Environment: MARK CROUCH and JACOBS
Energy Materials and Storage: Dr. JIN XUAN, Heriot Watt University
Energy Entrepreneurship: DAVID TOWNSEND, Town Rock Energy Ltd
Energy and the Marine Environment Dr. TONY GUTIERREZ, Heriot Watt University

Fergus Ewing said: “In any competition, there can only be one winner – and the one winners in each of these six key categories are to be thoroughly congratulated for their ‘early-career’ research in these areas of the energy industry.

“You are very important to the future of Scotland’s energy industries, not least because your research may be taken up to further help develop Scotland economy and energy sector – and this work – and the Heriot Watt Scottish Energy News Researchers of the Year Awards - may also help your to develop your own careers, whether in industry or in acadaemia.”

The Minister also emphasised the importance of collaboration and partnership between the Scottish Government, academic research, innovation and enterprise economic development. He said:

“Heriot Watt’s Energy Academy – and its Institute of Petroleum Studies – are two of the most successful examples of driving forward the energy agenda in Scotland. Indeed, with a student population of 11,000 people, 1,700 academic staff and an annual turnover of £120 million a year, Heriot Watt University is itself a powerful economic engine for Scotland.

“It is highly appropriate to note that Heriot Watt University is itself named after two early Scottish entrepreneurs - George Heriot, the 16th century financier and banker, and James Watt, the 18th century engineer and innovator whose invention of the steam engine literally helped to power the first global industrial revolution.

“Because their areas of expertise – finance and money, and engineering and innovation – are still vital ingredients in today’s Scotland’s energy mix.”

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