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Have you or your company developed something that has made this global industry a safer place to work?  Or has your innovative idea saved a company costs or increased efficiency? Or indeed, solved a problem the company didn't even know it had?

This broad category highlights inspiring and commercially driven R&D work across the sector. Whether it's design developments in technical kit such as gearboxes, blades, bearings, advances in vessel design to promote safer servicing and maintenance to ensure turbines remain fit for purpose, or monitoring and software development tell us and the industry about it.

It does not have to be an expensive, highly designed product, it may be something simple. The judges are going to be awarding ingenuity, determination and effort to overcome a challenge.

The judges will be looking for:

  • The story of how this project, innovation or product overcame a problem or developed a solution to provide long term sustainable benefits in the windpower sector. What was the challenge?  What action was taken and what was the outcome? (No more than 600 words)

  • Provide practical and commercial evidence to show that a project, innovation or product has saved lives, money, time or the environment from damage. (No more than 300 words)

You are encouraged to provide additional supporting material to provide background detail as required via attachments.This can include further images, videos, testimonials or financial information. The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication.

We do request that at least two images are submitted as part of your entry. These images need to be a colour JPEG (minimum 300dpi) or PDF and must illustrate your entry. Should you reach the shortlist stage, these images may be used for publication.

Entrants may mark certain sensitive parts of their entry ‘Confidential’ or not for publication. This will be respected.

 
 

 

Have you or your company developed something that has made this global industry a safer place to work? Or has your innovative idea saved a company costs or increased efficiency? Or indeed, solved a problem the company didn't even know it had?

This broad category highlights inspiring and commercially driven R&D work across the sector.  Whether it's design developments in technical kit such as gearboxes, blades, bearings, advances in vessel design to promote safer servicing and maintenance to ensure turbines remain fit for purpose, or monitoring and software development tell us and the industry about it.

It does not have to be an expensive, highly designed product, it may be something simple.  The judges are going to be awarding ingenuity, determination and effort to overcome a challenge.

The judges will be looking for:

  • Tell the story of how this project, innovation or product overcame a problem or developed a solution to provide long term sustainable benefits in the windpower sector. What was the challenge?  What action was taken and what was the outcome? (No more than 600 words)

  • Provide practical and commercial evidence to show that a project, innovation or product has saved lives, money, time or the environment from damage. (No more than 300 words)

You are encouraged to provide additional supporting material to provide background detail as required via attachments.This can include further images, videos, testimonials or financial information. The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication.

We do request that at least two images are submitted as part of your entry. These images need to be a colour JPEG (minimum 300dpi) or PDF and must illustrate your entry. Should you reach the shortlist stage, these images may be used for publication.

Entrants may mark certain sensitive parts of their entry ‘Confidential’ or not for publication. This will be respected.

 
 

 

This broad category highlights the implementation of inspiring and commercially successful best practices in the operation and maintenance of windfarms.

The judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of excellent management and practical examples of improved operations processes, including safety and efficiency.

  • Practical implementation of processes and actions that have lead to increased reliability of operations.

  • A track record of innovation and attention to future development, with emphasis on improving operations and ensuring output

(The total number of words for the entry must be below 900 words)

You are encouraged to provide additional supporting material to provide background detail as required via attachments.This can include further images, videos, testimonials or financial information. The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication.

We do request that at least two images are submitted as part of your entry. These images need to be a colour JPEG (minimum 300dpi) or PDF and must illustrate your entry. Should you reach the shortlist stage, these images may be used for publication.

Entrants may mark certain sensitive parts of their entry ‘Confidential’ or not for publication. This will be respected.

 

Research and development is crucial to maintaining the pace of improvements lowering the levelised cost of energy. Have you or your company made significant and sustainable advances in LCOE-cutting design, for either onshore or offshore developments? Do you want to tell the industry of the challenges that have been overcome in developing what could be the best in class windpower design?

Maybe you are a third party tech provider to the sector. Use this award to tell the global wind industry of your work. Has your company made significant strides lowering LCOE in the sector? This award offers the opportunity to highlight innovative products that are commercialy available or in development in the sector.

Whether it be developments in technical kit such as gearboxes, blades and bearings, or in monitoring and software products, tell us and the industry about it.

It does not have to be an expensive, highly designed product, it may be something simple.  

The judges will be looking for:

  • Detailed description of how this product or service has helped reduce LCOE. Please include an outline of the initial problem and how ROI has been delivered, along with any other notable commercial benefits. Include evidence of the determination and effort put in to achieve these improvements with detailed information on the scale and scope of the work.

  • If appropriate a nomination statement outlining what sets this company apart from the rest in the field, highlighting and demonstrating its contribution to cutting the levelised cost of energy.

(The total number of words for the entry must be below 900 words)

You are encouraged to provide additional supporting material to provide background detail as required via attachments.

This can include further images, videos, testimonials or financial information. The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication.

We do request that at least two images are submitted as part of your entry. These images need to be a colour JPEG (minimum 300dpi) or PDF and must illustrate your entry. Should you reach the shortlist stage, these images may be used for publication.

Entrants may mark certain sensitive parts of their entry ‘Confidential’ or not for publication. This will be respected.

 

Ensuring environmental qualities are protected while providing efficient windpower is crucial to the social contract of the windpower sector.  

Have you or your company been involved in an ongoing project or scheme that has had to work to allay and mitigate environmental concerns? This could be part of a repowering, refurbishment or new project.

This award will go to the company that demonstrates it has dealt with the environmental issues surrounding development and ongoing activities of a facility in the wind sector. It may involve innovation in the environment such as good practice in reclamation, the recycling / waste management of decommissioned kit - most environmentally appropriate treatment etc.

Entrants will be able to demonstrate they have listened to and acted upon viable environmental concerns and issues and produced the best possible outcome for the environment.

The judges will be looking for:

  • The story of how this project, innovation or product overcame a problem or developed a solution to benefit the environment around a windpower development. What was the challenge? What action was taken and what was the outcome?

  • Evidence of innovation in dealing with environmental issues.

  • Compliance with environmental legislation and use of the most environmentally appropriate treatment, this may relate to reuse and recognition of good practice in reclamation, repowering, recycling and waste management for equipment.

  • Recognition of cost awareness, excellent programme management, awareness of relevant environmental issues.

(No more than 900 words)

You are encouraged to provide additional supporting material to provide background detail as required via attachments.This can include further images, videos, testimonials or financial information. The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication.

We do request that at least two images are submitted as part of your entry. These images need to be a colour JPEG (minimum 300dpi) or PDF and must illustrate your entry. Should you reach the shortlist stage, these images may be used for publication.

Entrants may mark certain sensitive parts of their entry ‘Confidential’ or not for publication. This will be respected.

 

This award will highlight a company’s work in improving a product operating in the global wind industry. The product may increase workers’ safety, save down time and costs or provide enhanced environmental benefits.

The judges will be looking for:

  • Innovative achievement resulting in more productive or durable equipment or systems within the offshore and onshore wind industry.

  • Practical and commercial evidence that the project, innovation or product has helped the sector.  Has it saved lives, cut costs, improved forecasts and/or timelines or saved the environment from damage or provided long term sustainable benefits in the windpower sector?

(The total number of words for the entry must be below 900 words)

You are encouraged to provide additional supporting material to provide background detail as required via attachments.This can include further images, videos, testimonials or financial information. The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication.

We do request that at least two images are submitted as part of your entry. These images need to be a colour JPEG (minimum 300dpi) or PDF and must illustrate your entry. Should you reach the shortlist stage, these images may be used for publication.

Entrants may mark certain sensitive parts of their entry ‘Confidential’ or not for publication. This will be respected.

 

Are you at the start up stage of development or a small technology or service provider to the wind sector with up to 10 people working in your company? Do you provide innovative new technology or a service which could really make a difference to the windpower community?

These awards offer you the exposure you need to continue and extend your company’s growth. If your company is less than three years old and a standalone operating company, then grab this opportunity to put your product in front of a worldwide audience.

The judges will be looking for:

  • An explanation of why the company was set up and what it hoped to achieve. How does current progress measures against expectations?

  • Practical and commercial evidence that the project, innovation or product has helped the sector. How does this innovative new technology or service make a difference to the windpower community? Has it saved lives, cut costs, improved forecasts and/or timelines or saved the environment from damage or provided long term sustainable benefits in the windpower sector?

(The total number of words for the entry must be below 900 words)

You are encouraged to provide additional supporting material to provide background detail as required via attachments.This can include further images, videos, testimonials or financial information. The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication.

We do request that at least two images are submitted as part of your entry. These images need to be a colour JPEG (minimum 300dpi) or PDF and must illustrate your entry. Should you reach the shortlist stage, these images may be used for publication.

Entrants may mark certain sensitive parts of their entry ‘Confidential’ or not for publication. This will be respected.  

 

This award highlights excellent customer service and support for clients’ needs in the windpower sector.  

Whether supporting clients operating in the legal, planning, financial, construction, maintenance, forecasting or research fields in the wind industry, this award gives companies or organisations the opportunity to inform the wider sector of their work.

Entrants will need demonstrate how they have proactively worked with clients to improve projects or programmes to secure future growth and development.  

 

The judges will be looking for:

  • Tell the story of how this project, innovation or product overcame a problem or developed a solution to provide long term sustainable benefits to the client. What was the challenge? What action was taken and what was the outcome? (No more than 600 words)

  • Provide practical and commercial evidence to show current initiatives supporting clients.

  • Evidence of research to support clients as they face and overcome current challenges and answer the need to futureproof their businesses. (No more than 300 words)

You may provide additional supporting material as attachments but the total number of words for the entry must be below 900 words or one side of A4.

 

 

This award is given to a company or organisation who has supplied a product or service to the windpower sector that has show significant and measurable improvement or advancement with demonstrable benefits.

It  will recognise an outstanding achievement and entries will therefore need to demonstrate customer satisfaction has lead to increased commercial success.

 

The judges will be looking for:

  • The story of how this project or service is benefitting the windpower industry. What was the challenge? What action was taken and what was the outcome?

If possible address one or more of these points in your entry

  • Evidence of commitment through a product or service to drive growth for the future of windpower.

  • How the provision of excellent logistics management or durable products has reduced project risk and/or enabled continuing profitability and/or pushing real growth through to potential to support the future of windpower.

  • Demonstration of integrated solutions throughout the windpower chain to ensure the best possible service to customers.

(No more than 900 words)

You are encouraged to provide additional supporting material to provide background detail as required via attachments.This can include further images, videos, testimonials or financial information. The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication.

We do request that at least two images are submitted as part of your entry. These images need to be a colour JPEG (minimum 300dpi) or PDF and must illustrate your entry. Should you reach the shortlist stage, these images may be used for publication.

Entrants may mark certain sensitive parts of their entry ‘Confidential’ or not for publication. This will be respected.

 

This award will reflect the efforts of a windfarm owner or developer to ensure efficiency, reliabiity and innovation are key elements of the farm’s activity.

The owner or developer will show an active interest in progression via investment and demonstrate an ability to adapt to future challenges.

The windfarm is already running and maintaining a safe and efficient operation but the judges want to know what is being done to ensure that future challenges will be met and overcome, thereby positioning itself for future growth.

The judges will be looking for:

  • The story of how the windfarm is working to ensure best practice in efficiency and reliability, as well as plans to secure its future development and success.

  • Provide practical and commercial evidence to show current initiatives such as investment in relevant research and development to support the windfarm operation and ensure the future success of the development.

(No more than 900 words)

You are encouraged to provide additional supporting material to provide background detail as required via attachments.This can include further images, videos, testimonials or financial information. The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication.

We do request that at least two images are submitted as part of your entry. These images need to be a colour JPEG (minimum 300dpi) or PDF and must illustrate your entry. Should you reach the shortlist stage, these images may be used for publication.

Entrants may mark certain sensitive parts of their entry ‘Confidential’ or not for publication. This will be respected.

 

This award recognises employers which place employee health, safety and wellbeing centre stage within an organisation and have embedded a strong culture of protection and support for all staff.

Increasingly recognised as good for business as well as people, interest and support for wellbeing is growing. Excellent staff support and clear implementation of standards will increase employers’ ability to hire and retain staff, and enhance the industry's reputation as a safe and nurturing environment to grow a career.

Successful programmes will be recognised for their preventative work, proactive promotion of wellbeing and demonstration of effective rehabilitation and return to work approaches.

 

The judges will be looking for:

  • The story of how company programmes are working to prevent accidents and supporting staff through proactive promotion of wellbeing and demonstration of effective rehabilitation and return to work approaches.

  • How a company wide holistic approach, focusing on people's physical and mental wellbeing.

  • Health and safety operations are integrated into an organisation’s day to day operations.

  • How a programme is supported by effective leadership, culture and people management capability

  • Evidence of value to the business in terms of reduced sickness absence levels and/or improvements in staff engagement and performance.

(No more than 900 words)

You are encouraged to provide additional supporting material to provide background detail as required via attachments.This can include further images, videos, testimonials or financial information. The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication.

We do request that at least two images are submitted as part of your entry. These images need to be a colour JPEG (minimum 300dpi) or PDF and must illustrate your entry. Should you reach the shortlist stage, these images may be used for publication.

Entrants may mark certain sensitive parts of their entry ‘Confidential’ or not for publication. This will be respected.

 

This category highlights the key elements involved in the development of an outstanding wind power project.
 
The judges want to learn about the practical details and inspiring story behind the original idea/concept, the development and  implementation of this and details of current or expected commercial success of the project.
 
What is it that makes this project stand out from the many projects across the globe? 
 
The judges will be looking for:
 
  • Evidence of excellent management and practical examples of improved operations processes, encompassing best practice and innovation and where relevant, sensitivity relating to environmental concerns. 
  • Practical implementation of processes and actions
  • Evidence of innovation and attention to future sustainable development and where relevant, with an emphasis on ensuring output and energy efficiency.  
(The total number of words for the entry must be below 900 words).
 
You are encouraged to provide additional supporting material to provide background detail as required via attachments.
This can include further images, videos, testimonials or financial information. The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication.

We do request that at least two images are submitted as part of your entry. These images need to be a colour JPEG (minimum 300dpi) or PDF and must illustrate your entry. Should you reach the shortlist stage, these images may be used for publication.

Entrants may mark certain sensitive parts of their entry ‘Confidential’ or not for publication. This will be respected.

 

This award is open to any organisation that champions its workforce operating in the windpower sector, whether it’s through a commitment to newcomers (anybody who has been in the sector for less than 5 years) or its more established workforce.

If that sounds like your company then tell the judges how it supports staff effectively and why it should win this award.  

The judges will be looking for:

  • What your company has changed or improved over the last year to support staff throughout all levels of the workforce.  Has the company invested and implemented new initiatives that have made significant and long lasting sustainable change?

  • Information about programmes that support staff via effective leadership, culture and people management.  

  • How the organisation works via employee engagement to retain and reward staff.

(No more than 900 words)

You are encouraged to provide additional supporting material to provide background detail as required via attachments.This can include further images, videos, testimonials or financial information. The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication.

We do request that at least two images are submitted as part of your entry. These images need to be a colour JPEG (minimum 300dpi) or PDF and must illustrate your entry. Should you reach the shortlist stage, these images may be used for publication.

Entrants may mark certain sensitive parts of their entry ‘Confidential’ or not for publication. This will be respected.

 

Are you working as part of a dynamic, successful team working in the wind sector and want to shout about your team's hard won achievements? 

This award will give you the recognition you deserve and, should you win, the means to tell your story through the post awards publicity.

The judges will be looking for:

  • How did your team triumph in 2017? What’s the inspirational story behind this group of people? Every team faces challenges so the judges want to know how did this team overcome a challenge.

  • Provide examples of teamwork that have shown a commitment to innovation with a large or small company operating within any sector of the windpower industry.

  • Judges will be looking for clear team objectives and will consider the value of the work, the number of staff involved and development alongside evidence of employee development and training.

(No more than 900 words)

You are encouraged to provide additional supporting material to provide background detail as required via attachments.This can include further images, videos, testimonials or financial information. The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication.

We do request that at least two images are submitted as part of your entry. These images need to be a colour JPEG (minimum 300dpi) or PDF and must illustrate your entry. Should you reach the shortlist stage, these images may be used for publication.

Entrants may mark certain sensitive parts of their entry ‘Confidential’ or not for publication. This will be respected.

 

Have you or your company been involved in a successful joint working project between consultancies or did you join with a competitor to achieve an excellent result or vital innovation?

This award will be given to the initiative, project or plan that can best demonstrate how drawing on individuals and teams from different organisations, backgrounds and disciplines has enhanced or pushed through a project or product.

Entries must be able to show the roles of the partners and demonstrate how the project or plan has or will achieve something that would not be possible if the partners were working alone.

The judges will be looking for:

  • Why did this partnership work so well in 2017? What’s the inspirational story behind these groups of people?

  • Demonstration of effective partnership working, including demonstrations of how the partners worked together for the benefit of the project, the value for money of the joint working and details on any cost and time savings that were achieved

  • Examples of flexibility and/or changes in scope during the project, looking at examples of creativity and tenacity between the partners

  • Extent to which project work performed beyond expectation

  • Demonstration of strong partnering relationships with, if possible, end user endorsements and/or testimonials

(The total number of words for the entry must be below 900 words)

You are encouraged to provide additional supporting material to provide background detail as required via attachments.This can include further images, videos, testimonials or financial information. The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication.

We do request that at least two images are submitted as part of your entry. These images need to be a colour JPEG (minimum 300dpi) or PDF and must illustrate your entry. Should you reach the shortlist stage, these images may be used for publication.

Entrants may mark certain sensitive parts of their entry ‘Confidential’ or not for publication. This will be respected.

 

This award will go to the consultancy that can best demonstrate how its work has helped clients to ensure a project has gone through to a successful conclusion and commercial reality while working hard to minimise the environmental impact.

The judges will be looking for:

  • What’s the positive story behind this entry? Tell the story of how a challenge was met and your consultancy took the extra steps to provide outstanding support in the windpower sector. What action was taken and what was the outcome?

  • Provide practical and commercial evidence to show current initiatives supporting clients.

  • Evidence of research to support clients as they face and overcome current challenges and answer the need to futureproof their businesses.

  • Demonstration of strong partnering relationships with, if possible, end user endorsements and/or testimonials.

(The total number of words for the entry must be below 900 words)

You are encouraged to provide additional supporting material to provide background detail as required via attachments.This can include further images, videos, testimonials or financial information. The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication.

We do request that at least two images are submitted as part of your entry. These images need to be a colour JPEG (minimum 300dpi) or PDF and must illustrate your entry. Should you reach the shortlist stage, these images may be used for publication.

Entrants may mark certain sensitive parts of their entry ‘Confidential’ or not for publication. This will be respected.

 

Why enter?

  • Join The Growing Windpower Monthly Awards Community.

  • A shortlisted entry will be awarded a Windpower Monthly Award 2018 Logo Accreditation. 

  • Online coverage of all shortlisted entries will include a Windpower Monthly Awards’ Spotlight interview.

  • The new, innovative Windpower Monthly’s Awards Hub will operate year round promoting examples of best practice, cutting-edge research and demonstrating the future developments of those operating in the wind-power sector.

  • By making the shortlist your company has the chance to speak at future Windpower Monthly events (subject to relevant opportunity and speaker slot availability).

  • Winning a Windpower Monthly Award in 2018 will provide you with a Windpower Monthly Awards Trophy and a Windpower Monthly Award Winners Logo Accreditation for use throughout the year.

  • Full in depth interview by Windpower Monthly editorial staff to be incorporated into the downloadable PDF Winners' brochure from the Windpower Monthly Awards Hub.

  • As a winner your company has the chance to speak at future Windpower Monthly events (subject to relevant opportunity and speaker slot availability).

  • As a winner a representative from your company will be considered as a judge in future awards.

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