Scotland is set to host the 17th All Energy, UK’s leading renewable and low carbon energy event, on May 10 and May 11 at Glasgow Event Campus. The event will highlight Scotland’s commitment to clean energy generation.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to deliver a speech at the plenary conference session to be held on the first day. The presence of Sturgeon in addition to other ministers at the event is testimony to Scotland’s commitment to clean energy generation. “This is an important time for Scotland’s energy plans. The consultation period for the Scottish Government’s draft Energy Strategy will still be open at the time of All-Energy, meaning that there will be much buzz in conference sessions and on the exhibition show floor about responding to the acclaimed far reaching and ranging document,”said Jonathan Heastie from event organiser Reed Exhibitions. Scottish energy officials are expected to play a role in special sessions on onshore wind, energy efficiency, local energy and heat, bioenergy, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and fuel cells, hydropower, marine renewables, and offshore wind sessions. Other special sessions include the Innovate UK infrastructure systems innovation showcase; the H2FC SUPERGEN Hub lunchtime session on three hydrogen and fuel cells White Papers; a networking lunch for ocean energy companies and university students considering their new careers; and the All-Energy Women’s Speed Mentoring Event; details on all are on the All-Energy website.
The event proliferates Scotland’s vision of achieving almost complete de-carbonisation of the energy system; and setting a new 2030 ‘all-energy’ target for the equivalent of 50% of Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity consumption to be supplied from renewable sources, added the organisers. Sturgeon is expected to deliver her speech on May 10, kick-starting the event which will go on until 11th May at the Glasgow Event Campus, Scotland.
Heastie feels that though the show is based in Glasgow, its relevance extends to the United Kingdom and other countries. Taiwan and Czech Republic – two major exhibitors – are holding special conference sessions. In addition, the Department of International Trade (DIT) will be encouraging UK-based energy companies to join the export drive.
This year, there will be a new co-located event titled Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS 2017), which will focus on transport solutions that are becoming mainstream such as connected and automated vehicles, role of Smart Cities in traffic infrastructure, use of big data, smart technology and powering from renewables.
Aside from the conference, the organisers are hopeful that the exhibition will be a successful and targeted effort to bring about awareness on energy. Up to 400 exhibiting companies will highlight their products and services
All-Energy is being held in association with the Renewable Energy Association (REA); Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Scottish Enterprise; Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) and host city Glasgow. The Society for Underwater Technology is the show’s learned society patron. A further 40 organisations including government departments, professional bodies and trade associations act as supporters of the two-day annual event.