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ALL-ENERGY 2015: All ready for the offshore community

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Both Fergus Ewing MSP (right), Scotland’s Energy Minister, and Professor Sir Jim McDonald of Strathclyde University will be speaking in the opening conference plenary session (seen here at All-Energy 2014)

Both Fergus Ewing MSP (right), Scotland’s Energy Minister, and Professor Sir Jim McDonald of Strathclyde University will be speaking in the opening conference plenary session (seen here at All-Energy 2014)

In just four weeks’ time All-Energy 2015, the UK’s largest renewable energy exhibition and conference will open in its new home, Glasgow’s SECC, with the expectation that up to 7, 000 people from home and overseas will visit the exhibition, to make new contacts and source new suppliers, attend the multi-stream conference over the two days (Wednesday 6 – Thursday 7 May), and relish the networking possibilities of its Giant Networking Evening.

All the component parts are in place. Some 450 exhibitors from nearly 20 countries have taken space; over 440 speakers are confirmed to speak in lively debates, discussions and knowledge-sharing sessions in 120 hours of conference and ‘quick-fire’ seminar presentations; and the Glasgow Science Centre is ready to welcome participants at the show’s Giant Networking Evening.

Free online registration for all elements of the show is seeing a constant stream of registrations: “We are highly encouraged by the level of registrations, ” says Event Director, Jonathan Heastie, of Reed Exhibitions.

Seeing things up close is what exhibitions are all about

Seeing things up close is what exhibitions are all about

“We are very much looking forward to our first show in Glasgow after 14 successful annual events in Aberdeen. It is fitting that we have moved to the renewable energy hub, in its inaugural Green Year. Once again we have a programme that we know will attract and excite the offshore and marine renewables communities. We are looking forward to a highly stimulating two days” Registration is at www.all-energy.co.uk/register

Offshore renewables play a key role
Offshore renewables play a key role in the annual event both within the exhibition, with its sector specific trails (including offshore wind; offshore maintenance; and wave and tidal) that will help visitors to easily select exhibits of particular interest, and in the conference.

Offshore wind will be high on the agenda in the opening morning plenary session chaired by Keith Anderson, Chief Corporate Officer of ScottishPower, Benj Sykes, Head of Asset Management, DONG Energy Wind Power amongst the speakers, who also include Scotland’s Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing MSP, Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, Ian Marchant, former CEO of SSE, and Cllr Gordon Matheson CBE, Leader of Glasgow City Council.

Then, as the nine parallel sessions begin, six offshore wind experts Adam Bruce, Co-Chair, Offshore Wind Programme Board, and Global Head of Corporate Affairs, Mainstream Renewable Power; Andrew Jamieson, Chief Executive, ORE Catapult; Huub den Rooijen, The Crown Estate; Benj Sykes,   Head of Asset Management, DONG Energy Wind Power; Allan Taylor, Head of Supply Chain, ORED, Department of Energy & Climate Change; and Jonathan Cole, Head of Offshore Wind, ScottishPower Renewables look at the current state of the offshore wind industry (speaking the day before the General Election should make this particularly interesting).

Offshore wind fills nine conference sessions (over 12½ hours) in its exciting ‘silent’ theatre, designed to ensure that there are no distractions sound-wise from the busy exhibition showfloor, with sessions on innovation/ cost cutting; operational management; floating turbines, Marine Scotland’s role; environmental, planning and development; and installation, operations and HSE. There are lunchtime ‘quick fire’ technology presentations; and offshore wind (East Anglia 1 and Neart na Gaoithe) figures in the ‘Meet the Buyers’ Share Fair on 6 May.

The wave and tidal sectors also play important roles with six dedicated conference sessions filling 9¼ hours; and two full days of ‘quick fire’ presentations in the wave and tidal showfloor seminar theatre. Some 60+ speakers will look at the ‘big picture’; the way forward; the global scene; technology, cost reduction and innovation; finance and funding (audience questions are key); and ‘The Great Debate’ on BIG v small tidal technology bringing the stream to an exciting close.

Naturally too such vital topics as the grid (including the ISLES II project), finance and funding, CCS and energy storage all figure on the conference agenda.

Busy exhibition
All-Energy boasts a busy and buzzy exhibition. Subject-specific trails allow visitors to hunt out the exhibits that most interest them using a paper-based map, the All-Energy App, and able to do their ‘homework’ before the show opens, for exhibitors are registering their interests online well in advance of the show’s opening. Nearly a hundred exhibitors have highlighted their involvement with offshore wind; nearly 90 their contribution to the wave and tidal sectors; and 40 to offshore maintenace, spanning all the sectors.

Relevant associated events
The GREAT British Lounge on the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) stand at All-Energy will be the font of all wisdom for those eager to find out about export opportunities. UKTI works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets. UK-based UKTI experts and Commercial Officers will be on hand to give practical advice.

So far Commercial Officers from thirteen countries – Algeria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Turkey –  have confirmed that they will be at the show, with more set to decide shortly. Some of these Commercial Officers will give short country briefings on the UKTI stand, and all will be available for pre-booked 1-2-1 meetings. These can be booked once All-Energy visitors and exhibitors have registered to attend the show.

The afternoon before the show opens (5 May) sees two relevant workshops taking place. Following two years of intensive work, the DTOcean – Design Tools for Ocean Energy Arrays – project takes the alpha-version of its design tool on the road for a test drive with its most important user projects: pioneering project developers, utilities, OEMs, technology developers and supply chain actors.

Meanwhile, SMRU Marine’s workshop aims to get input into the first results of a project on a review of current and future ‘Low visibility real-time monitoring techniques for monitoring marine animals during seismic surveys’. Further information on, and registration for, all three associated events can be found on the All-Energy website.

Supporters and sponsors
Shepherd & Wedderburn are sponsoring all the conference and seminar theatres on the showfloor (offshore wind, sustainable cities, and the quick fire seminar theatres); while Element Power is once again sponsoring The Power Club at its executive lounge for those responsible for the management and development of new renewable projects.

All-Energy is held in association with UK Trade & Investment, the Renewable Energy Association, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), with the Society for Underwater Technology as its Learned Society Patron, and supported by over 30 government departments, professional bodies, learned societies and trade associations.

Admission to the major exhibition, the multi-stream conference, and Giant Networking Evening is free of charge to all with a business/ professional interest in renewable energy, and business energy efficiency, there is no admission to anyone under the age of 16.

Further information on all aspects of All-Energy, including registration, travel and accommodation is available from www.all-energy.co.uk

Looking back
All-Energy 2014, the fourteenth to be held in Aberdeen, saw total attendance of 6, 875; 450+ exhibiting companies from 19 countries; and over 400 speakers taking part in 95+ hours of conference and seminar sessions.

  •  Judith Patten is very happy to provide show preview material written to your requirements in terms of content, length and deadline; and/or to supply photographs of the 2014 show, or to work with you in any way on the editorial front – contact her at judithpatten@jppr.uk.com or on +44 (0)208 241 1912. An ever-growing “What They’re Showing” preview is already in existence and can be sent to you straight away
  • Press registration for bona fide editorial journalists is via a link at www.all-energy.co.uk/Media-Centre/ – there will be a manned press office at the show which you are welcome to use as your office-from-office

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