FairHeat’s Principal Engineer, Mike Ridge, was announced as winner of the Young Engineer of the Year Award at this year’s Association for Decentralised Energy Awards.

Mike was recognised for his industry leading work at FairHeat delivering high performing, efficient heat networks and his contribution to improving industry technical standards.

Since he started his career on E.ON’s 2011 graduate scheme, Mike has quickly become a proven leader in the energy sector.

As Principal Engineer at FairHeat, Mike uses his technical expertise to develop market leading solutions in delivering the next generation of low temperature heat networks. At only 30, Mike is already recognised as an expert in the design and specification of heat networks, leading on schemes that are among the best performing in the country. He works to nurture young talent in the sector, helping to design FairHeat’s award winning graduate training programme.

Gareth Jones, Managing Director of FairHeat, said: “Winning the Young Professional of the Year award is a fantastic achievement that highlights Mike’s significant engineering expertise and passion for sustainability and innovation.

“He continues to demonstrate real leadership not just within FairHeat, but in the wider heat network sector, and has a real flair for pushing boundaries and driving improvements to make heat networks perform better.

“FairHeat is committed to supporting and nurturing the next generation of leaders in the heat network sector and Mike is a real inspiration to young engineers.”

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) annual awards are the leading awards for those involved in decentralised energy, recognising and celebrating the people and projects that showcase innovative decentralised energy solutions.