Cambridge Vacuum Engineering and partners win prestigious International Energy Award for RapidWeld project

Cambridge Vacuum Engineering and partners win prestigious International Energy Award for RapidWeld project

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Cambridge Vacuum Engineering (CVE) – a renowned specialist in power beam welding technologies – triumphed at the Energy Institute’s International Energy Awards in London on Thursday 29th February, winning a prestigious industry award for its involvement in the ground-breaking RapidWeld project. CVE and the partners it worked with on RapidWeld were crowned overall winners in the ‘Technology Award’ category, fending off competition from five other shortlisted businesses to reach the coveted top spot.

Every year, the highly anticipated International Energy Awards recognise companies and technologies that are supporting the transition to net zero and / or extending universal access to energy.

The award-winning RapidWeld project saw CVE work alongside industry partners including SSE Renewables, DNV, Sif Netherlands B.V., Agile NDT and The Welding Institute. Together, the consortium fast tracked the production of an offshore wind turbine monopile foundation destined for the Dogger Bank Wind Farm* by harnessing CVE’s innovative Ebflow technology.  During RapidWeld, CVE demonstrated that it is possible to weld monopiles far quicker than current methods. It also proved that Ebflow uses 90% less energy, costs 88% less, and produces 97% less CO2 emissions.

Bob Nicolson, Managing Director at Cambridge Vacuum Engineering, said: “Along with our partners, we are delighted to have been recognised by the Energy Institute.  The success of RapidWeld is testament to the relationships we forged across the consortium; the power of our Ebflow technology; and CVE’s dedication to developing ground-breaking welding systems that can address the complex challenges faced by the energy industry. RapidWeld was an exciting project to work on and we look forward to continuing to push the boundaries of technological advancements in the energy sector with many more projects to come.”

Now in its 25th anniversary year, the International Energy Awards attract entries from businesses across the world that are championing more sustainable ways of working. Winners were decided by an elite judging panel including some of the biggest names in the energy sector such as Dame Angela Strank DBE FRS FREng FIChemE HonFEI. The 2024 International Energy Awards took place at The Grosvenor House, London, on 29th February 2024.

The Energy Institute is the chartered membership body for professionals working globally across the energy sector. A registered charity, the Energy Institute provides the skills, knowledge and good practice needed to protect the environment during operations and to advance the global energy transition required by the climate emergency.

CVE is headquartered in Cambridge, UK and has regional offices in Beijing, China and Massachusetts, USA, as well as a global network of agents. For more information about CVE go to



*The Ebflow welded monopile was installed at Dogger Bank Wind Farm in late February 2024.

About Cambridge Vacuum Engineering:

Aquasium Technology Ltd, trading as Cambridge Vacuum Engineering (“CVE”), design and build process solutions and has more than 60 years’ experience manufacturing electron beam (EB) systems in a range of industrial sectors including aerospace, nuclear, automotive, oil and gas, and sensors. The company exports around 95% of its systems with primary markets in USA, China, India, and Europe. CVE’s range of EB welding equipment includes systems ranging from 50-200kV with beam powers up to 100kW. CVE has a team of designers and engineers to enable them to design and build bespoke manufacturing equipment to meet their customer’s requirements.

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