Williams' burgeoning credentials as a leader in the energy efficiency field have been bolstered further by winning the 'Pioneer Award' at the 2014 British Renewable Energy Awards.

The ceremony, held at London's Savoy hotel, recognised the achievements of companies and individuals who have made notable contributions in 'renewables' over the past year, with the Pioneer Award designed to honour an organisation that is traditionally outside of the sustainable energy industry but has pioneered the use of renewable fuels, heat or power.

Williams Advanced Engineering is the engineering services and technology business of the Williams group of companies that includes the Williams Martini Racing team, and took its latest accolade for its work in taking flywheel energy storage technology, first developed for Williams' 2009 F1 car, and bringing it to market in the renewables and transport sectors.

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A particular case study of interest to the judging panel was a project backed by the UK government's Department of Energy and Climate Change which is seeing this flywheel technology installed on two microgrids in the Scottish highlands to help stabilise their power grids, improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions from non-renewable power sources.

"Flywheel energy storage technology really kick-started Williams' diversification programme beyond motor racing, and has set the scene for Williams Advanced Engineering's subsequent expansion into other forms of energy efficient technology," Craig Wilson, Williams Advanced Engineering's managing director, said, "The fact that, in less than five years, a technology first developed for a racing car is now being installed on a renewable microgrid is testament to the ability we have to accelerate technical innovations that help address important issues such as global warming.

"It's is a real honour to be acknowledged for our R&D work in energy efficiency at such a prestigious awards ceremony."