Exhibitions and Conferences
AgriEnergy 2013 at Thainstone, Aberdeenshire 25th/26th April
A renewables energy show for Scottish farming is to be held at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, in April.
AgriEnergy 2013 will be a two-day event aimed at showcasing and discussing the latest developments in wind, solar, biomass, hydro and other forms of sustainable energy.
The National Farmers Union of Scotland are also supporting the show on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th April.
The organisers say this new event will be the perfect forum for farmers and landowners to look at the potential and the benefits of renewable and sustainable energy in agriculture.
John Gregor of the ANM Group explained: “We already have a number of renewable energy companies based here at Thainstone so it made sense to extend that offering into an all-encompassing event.”
He added: “There is an incredible interest in renewables and we know that farmers and landowners have a key role to play in helping the country achieve its climate change targets.”
Eric Wells, the sustainable development officer (climate change) at Aberdeenshire Council, said key speakers had been lined up for a day of talks on the Thursday about the various energy options available.
He added: “Reducing reliance on fossil fuels for transport and fertiliser is part of moving toward a low carbon future for farming. Farmers will have to incorporate a raft of renewable technologies in order to remain competitive in a UK, European and increasingly global market.”
Eric continued: “Exhibitions and conferences such as AgriEnergy enable the farming community to keep abreast of the latest developments in renewable energy technologies and the latest thinking in government policy on aspects such as planning, funding and other areas of support. I look forward to a busy couple of days at Thainstone on 25th and 26th April.”
There will also be displays and trade stands, both indoor and outdoor, with the latest equipment and ideas in the industry on show.
The show organisers say that AgriEnergy will not be a one-off and it will become an annual event on the Thainstone calendar.
Further details on the show can be found on its website: www.agrienergyscotland.com
Links between UAE and Scotland’s energy sector continue to grow
A host of top Scottish renewable energy companies and institutions are set to exhibit on the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi this week, as links between the Emirates and Scotland’s energy sector go from strength to strength.
With eleven Scottish exhibitors, WFES 2013 will be hosting the largest Scottish delegation to date. The group will be led by Scottish Development International, Scotland’s economic development agency, and companies participating in the summit will be looking to develop new collaborations, strategic alliances and licensing agreements with companies and institutions in the GCC.
Mark Hallan, EMEA director at Scottish Development International, will also be attending the summit with the aim of promoting Scotland as a world-class location for low carbon technologies. He said: “The GCC represents one of our biggest investment markets both in terms of Scottish energy companies doing business in this region as well as being a source of significant investment back into Scotland. Last year our First Minister attended the Summit and we signed a Framework for Action with Masdar. This year we are again confident of developing our extensive energy contacts and promoting a wide range of new business opportunities across the energy sector, from oil and gas to renewables and clean energy.”
On the broader energy front, Scotland boasts a quarter of Europe’s wind and tidal power potential and aims to generate the equivalent of 100% of its own electricity demand from renewable resources by 2020. The country is continuing to take forward its Framework for Action (FFA) with Masdar, looking at developing a comprehensive renewable energy plan with the UAE.
One of the institutions from the Scottish delegation, the Scottish Institute for Solar Energy Research (SISER), will be taking part in meetings with Masdar during the course of the week. The objective of these meetings is to discuss potential knowledge-transfer to countries in the GCC region and how SISER could help start up new companies in the region, based on existing IP that could be licensed to players in this market.
The hope is that by working together, the UAE and Scotland can be pioneers in a power revolution, by combining their legacy, experience and diversified investment in alternative sources of energy.
Mr Hallan continued: “Energy forms the cornerstone of Scotland’s bilateral trade and investment partnership with the GCC, and this relationship continues to mature as we combine our mutual strengths and experience in alternative energy. Our attendance at this summit will allow some of Scotland’s brightest energy companies to showcase their expertise to develop, manage and integrate cost-effective energy solutions for a broad range of GCC-based customers, and we look forward to having some productive discussions with our industry counterparts this week.”
British Hydropower Conference Tues 23rd Oct – Weds 24th Oct
This is the BHA’s 11th annual conference – the only national conference and technical exhibition wholly dedicated to the hydropower industry. This two-day event will incorporate a comprehensive and stimulating conference programme, a technical exhibition showcasing recent innovations, expertise and solutions, and a conference dinner.
Baby Hydro, the consultancy firm hired by the Scottish Government to assess the country’s untapped hydroelectric potential, will give a presentation illustrating some of the problems the industry faces, most notably of poor grid connections, lack of suitably skilled workers and difficulties raising finance.
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The award-winning Renewables Roadshow returns to Glasgow on Wednesday next week. If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of the rapidly evolving renewables marketplaceit is well worth a visit. Additionally you will have the opportunity to attend a succession of key demonstrations & presentations delivered by industry experts free of charge.
Energy Efficient Technologies on display will include:
Air Source, Biomass, Commercial, Controls, Domestic, Electric Efficient Technologies, Energy Management, Greywater Recycling, Ground Source, Hydro, Industrial, Insulation, Low Energy Lighting, MHVR, Micro CHP, Micro Wind, Rainwater Harvesting, Smart Metering, Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Underfloor Heating, Ventilation, Water Efficient Technologies.
Demonstration & Presentation areas include:
Green Deal Theatre, Commercial Theatre (CPD Points), Domestic Theatre, Solar Theatre, Training Theatre, Water Efficiency Theatre, Installer Theatre.
9.30am – 4.30pm
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26th & 27th September at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh
The inaugural Energy Now Expo Scotland 2012 opens its doors on the 26th & 27th September at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh. Being held in association with the NFU Scotland and Scottish Land & Estates, the Energy Now Expo Scotland will comprise of an exhibition of over 70 suppliers representing the wind, solar, hydro, biomass, biogas and ground source heating sectors.
This will be complimented by a 2-day conference, which will be chaired by both the NFUS president Nigel Miller, as well as SL&E Chairman Luke Borwick. The conference will feature presentations on the latest issues affecting the renewables industry, as well as the role farmers & landowners have to play in the continued growth of the sector. The conference will also include energy specific panel debates – interactive sessions in which audience members will have the chance to quiz the panel of experts on the steps involved and potential challenges of each scheme.
Speakers already confirmed include:
- Stephen Norman – Senior wind energy consultant from the Met Office
- David Williams – British Hydropower Association Chairman
- Eric Dodd – Head of Operations at Community Energy Scotland
- Jamie Williamson – Owner of Alvie & Dalraddy Estates
- Jim Campbell – Renewable Energy Team Leader at SAC Consulting
Conference tickets are available at £99 per person per day, but members of both the NFUS and SL&E are entitled to half price entry – £50 per day.
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