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Cash prize for smart system that aims to boost wind turbine capacity

A smart transmission system for offshore wind turbines has been awarded an engineering innovation prize by Prince Philip.

The Digital Displacement system, created by Edinburgh-based Artemis, won the 2015 Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh handed over a gold medal and £50,000 at a ceremony in London this week.

Artemis’ transmission system is designed to allow wind turbines to generate more power and be prone to less downtime.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is using the Digital Displacement system for a 7MW turbine built off the coast of Scotland, which is already feeding power into the grid.

The transmission system is also to be used for the world’s largest floating turbine at Fukushima in Japan.

Former ICE president Gordon Masterton, a member of the judging panel for the award, said: “The Artemis system is a massive leap forward for hydraulically powered systems.

“The team has done for hydraulic engines what James Watt did for steam engines; it has totally transformed the efficiency and range of potential applications.

“The largest floating wind turbine in the world is to be powered with a Digital Displacement transmission, and I strongly believe there are many other exciting applications for this stunning engineering breakthrough.” 

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