On 20th May, the Royal Academy of Engineering announced the names of the three companies that have been shortlisted for the 2015 MacRobert Award, the UK’s longest running national prize for engineering innovation.
Artemis is honoured to have been selected for the shortlist in recognition of its pioneering Digital Displacement® transmission for wind turbines.
You can read about the MacRobert Award in this News Release from the Royal Academy of Engineering and look at this glossy piece from their Ingenia magazine.
Niall Caldwell, Artemis’s managing director, shown above in front of our hydraulic generator drive motor test-rig, commented “By combining the intelligence of digital control with the robustness and low-cost of hydraulic machines, the Artemis team of engineers has made a fundamental advance in the scale and efficiency of mechanical power transmission. Digital Displacement® technology will bring down the costs of generating renewable energy and reduce fuel use in transport and industry. Our business shares the mission of our parent company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to be a manufacturer for the sustainability of the earth and humankind”.
Artemis co-founding Professors Stephen Salter and Win Rampen (L & R below) were instrumental in the development of the Digital Displacement® wind-turbine transmission. Stephen’s 1984 paper ‘Hydraulics for Wind‘ set out the potential advantages of this technology as well as the detailed improvements that were required in order to overcome the inherent shortcomings of existing hydraulic machines. Win, now Artemis Chairman and previously its managing director, built up the outstanding Artemis engineering team and led it towards the goal of making an efficient, super-controllable, modular wind-transmission with a directly connected synchronous generator.
Our MacRobert finalists team is completed by Chief Engineer, Dr Uwe Stein and Operations Director, Pierre Joly (L&R below) both of whom have played leading roles in the engineering development of the Digital Displacement® wind-turbine transmission, working closely with Mitsubishi engineers in the UK and Japan to scale it up to the 7 MW system now on test at Hunterson. This is by far the largest capacity hydrostatic transmission ever built.