OpenHydro named as CPD Company of the Year 2011

OpenHydro named as CPD Company of the Year 2011

05 October 2011 at 00:00
Louth technology company OpenHydro, which is currently building the world's first large-scale, grid-connected tidal energy farm with energy giant EDF off the north coast of France, has been announced overall winner of the prestigious Engineers Ireland Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Company of the Year title. The company has won the award for using CPD to go from a start-up R&D firm to becoming a global player in marine turbines that generate renewable energy from tidal streams.
 
The awards, now in their eighth year, assess which organisations use CPD to improve performance, by breaking into new markets, developing new products and innovating with cutting-edge technologies.
 
Speaking today John Power, Director General, Engineers Ireland said:  “The CPD Accredited Employer standard recognises companies and organisations which implement specific continuing professional development policies to support their engineers and technical staff. OpenHydro Technology, the overall winner, is a great example of a company that has embraced CPD and has transitioned from being an R&D organisation to now supplying some of the world’s largest utility companies with commercial energy generating turbines.”
 
“OpenHydro Technology from Greenore Co. Louth is officially Ireland's best company when it comes to professional development for engineers.  Continuing professional development is an important area of focus for any company that wants to have a global vision. Regardless of size, it is important to encourage and honour companies that display a willingness to engage in CPD with a view to being at the forefront of innovation. Therefore, I would like to recognise the leadership and ambition of all the entrants and congratulate each of the winning companies in the small, medium and large categories and also the public sector group winner.”  
 
Other groups to receive awards included, Jennings O’Donovan & Partners Consulting Engineers, Sligo in the small-sized category; MCS Kenny, Galway in the medium-sized category; Farrans Construction, Belfast in the large-sized category and Cavan County Council was honoured in the public sector category.