MEMBER NEWS: Innovation and Technology Award win for Verlume at Subsea Expo Awards

February 28, 2022
MEMBER NEWS: Innovation and Technology Award win for Verlume at Subsea Expo Awards

Intelligent energy management and storage technologies specialist, Verlume, has won the award for Innovation and Technology at the 2022 Subsea Expo Awards.

Organised by the Global Underwater Hub, the Subsea Expo Awards recognise the companies and individuals who are leading the way in the global underwater sector.

Within the Innovation and Technology category, which recognises excellence by a company in developing new technology and bringing it to the market, Verlume won the award for its flagship Halo seabed battery energy storage system. The Halo system is an easily installable, autonomous seabed battery storage solution with integrated intelligent energy management, specifically developed for the demanding underwater environment.

Richard Knox, Managing Director and Founder of Verlume, said: “We are honoured to have won the Innovation and Technology award. It is a demonstration of the fantastic effort that the whole team has put in, particularly over the last few years against the challenges of Covid-19 and remote working.”

“I would like to dedicate this award to the team at Verlume and say thank you to everyone that has supported us on our journey since we started the company. I look forward to engaging with the wider energy industry as we continue to innovate with our core technologies of intelligent energy management and storage.”

Founded in 2013, Aberdeen-based Verlume uses its core technologies to enable clean, resilient and integrated energy systems. The company’s first commercial deployment of the Halo system will take place later this quarter at the US Navy Wave Energy Test site off the coast of Hawaii, where it is part of a wave energy project for the C-Power SeaRAY autonomous offshore power system.

Paul Slorach, Business Development Director, added: “It is great to be able to say that our Halo system is now a piece of award-winning technology. With the recent launch of the new Verlume company name, this award win is a fantastic start to the next phase of our company’s ambitious growth plans.”

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