With over 70 wave and tidal sector speakers, including three compelling keynote addresses, over the course of the two days, All-Energy 2016 (SECC, Glasgow; 4-5 May) is hosting an all embracing series of sessions on this emerging force in renewable energy.
The conference dedicates seven sessions to the topic, with more in the dedicated Marine Scotland 90-minute session; and the ‘quick fire’ Wave and Tidal Seminar Theatre’ sponsored by Shepherd and Wedderburn hosts non-stop presentations over two days. All components of All-Energy – the major exhibition, the conference, the seminars and the Giant Networking Evening – are free to attend for those with relevant business/professional interests. Free online registration is at www.all-energy.co.uk
Tim Cornelius, Chief Executive Officer of Atlantis Resources and Chairman of the MeyGen Project will deliver his keynote address on 4 May in the opening wave and tidal session ‘Status 2016’ with ‘The rise and rise of tidal energy in the UK’. In the next session ‘The essentials: consenting, finance, legal, environmental’ Ronnie Quinn, General Manager for the Scotland Portfolio, The Crown Estate takes ‘Thro’ pathways rough and muddy’ as his title and topic. And on 5 May in ‘The realism of economics and technology’ Professor Peter Fraenkel MBE, Director, Fraenkel Wright Ltd will be exploring his belief that ‘Big is Profitable – Small is Doomed: the vital need to develop multi-MW tidal turbines’.
The conference in more depth – Day 1
All-Energy features 120 hours of presentations in its 10 parallel streams and three quick fire seminar programmes with the Wave and Tidal sessions accounting for over 24 of those hours.
In ‘Status 2016’, following Tim Cornelius’s presentation Tim Sawyer, CEO, CWE UK will speak on ‘Pathway to delivering a commercial CETO technology’; to be followed by RegenSW’s Johnny Gowdy looking at ‘Activity in the South West of England’; Tim Hurst, Managing Director, Wave Energy Scotland will speak about ‘A new approach in Scotland’ to be followed by Scottish Enterprise’s Neil Ferguson on ‘International and niche markets’.
The second wave and tidal session ‘The essentials: consenting, finance, legal, environmental’ begins with Ronnie Quinn’s keynote address. This is followed by Joe Hulm, Director, Ocean Energy Advisors on ‘The Insurance-Debt nexus: Can risk policy make tidal power bankable?’ and Independent Legal Consultant Glen Plant speaking about ‘Emerging future legal and MBM obstacles to investment in offshore renewables’. Attention then turns to ‘Progress towards proportionate EIA based on lessons learnt from the consenting and monitoring of early arrays’ with Liz Foubister from Xodus Group giving her views; and Stuart Baird, Operations Director at EMEC (European Marine Energy Centre) talking about ‘Integrated monitoring for tidal energy’.
The final session of Day 1 ‘UK Marine Enabling Technology Programmes: The Results’ is organised by The Carbon Trust and Scottish Enterprise with part 1 taking place on 4 May; and part 2 on 5 May. These two sessions will showcase the combined outputs of the UK’s leading marine energy sector support bodies, The Carbon Trust, Scottish Enterprise, Innovate UK and the ORE Catapult. The programmes to be covered from the last couple of years of activity, include the Marine Renewables Commercialisation Fund (MRCF); the Tidal Array Cabling; Marine Energy: Supporting Array Technologies (MESAT); and the ORE Catapult’s Component Failure Analysis. Eleven speakers will talk about their projects that received funding.
At the end of Day 1, exhibitors, speakers and visitors are all invited to the Glasgow City Council Civic Reception which merges seamlessly into the Giant Networking Evening sponsored by Centrica nd Doosan Babcock – both held just across the river from SECC at the Glasgow Science Centre, a fitting venue with its ‘Powering the Future’ displays and interactive exhibits.
The conference in more depth – Day 2
Day 2 (5 May) of the wave and tidal conference streams at All-Energy starts with a trip around the world with ‘A snapshot of EU and global progress’ chaired by Jacopo Moccia, Policy Director, Ocean Energy Europe who will give a European overview. Hakim Mouslim, of Innosea will speak on French activity; and Dr Brendan Cahill of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland will talk about ‘Ireland: Open for business on ocean energy’. Attention then turns to ‘Installation at Oosterschelde and ongoing plans’ from Tocardo Tidal Turbine’s Hans van Breugel; and Henry Jeffrey from the University of Edinburgh will then turn into a veritable Jules Verne with a speedy look at ‘Ocean Energy – an international perspective’ before Dr Gareth Davies of Aquatera speaks about ‘Marine energy opportunities in Indonesia’.
MeyGen is the world’s largest tidal stream project currently under construction, so it is not surprising that All-Energy dedicates 105 minutes of conference time to ‘Practical experience in tidal array developments’. First up in the session is Cameron Smith, Director – Project Development at Atlantis Resources; followed by David Taaffe, Project Manager, MeyGen Phase 1A with Andy Baldock of Black & Veatch speaking on ‘MeyGen Phase 1A: Lessons learned to date and knowledge sharing plans’. They will be followed by three device developer updates – Martin Murphy of Tidal Energy Ltd on DeltaStream; Andrew Scott of Scotrenewables Tidal Power on their SRTT; and Jason Hayman of Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) talking about ‘A community-scale tidal array at EMEC’.
The final session of the day ‘The realism of economics and technology’ gets off to a flying start with Peter Fraenkel’s keynote address, which will be followed by ‘Some realism about ocean energy economics’ from Trinity College Dublin’s Professor William Kingston. Then the baton passes to technologists with Tim Baker of Black & Veatch on ‘Insights into the latest testing methods used in support of the first array projects’; SME’s Andrew Hunt on ‘Advancements in anchoring technology’; Dr Will Bateman of Zyba on ‘CCell – Extreme wave loads on wave energy devices’; and Neil Kermode, EMEC’s Managing Director on ‘Designing for short life: build it cheap, ail fast and learn quickly’.
Meanwhile …. in the exhibition hall
The quick fire Wave and Tidal Seminar Theatre on the exhibition show floor, adjacent to the Highlands and Island pavilion, and sponsored by Shepherd and Wedderburn, features 30 presentations in a packed programme that runs from 10:30-16:30on both days. Visitors can dip in and out at will to hear about everything ranging from standards to ‘At home with EMEC’ with updates on the Centre’s own activities, developer updates (Scotrenewables, OpenHydro, Tocardo, Sustainable Marine Energy and CorPower Ocean) and project partner updates; and much more. The full programme is available on the All-Energy website .
In addition to ten conference streams and three ‘quick fire’ seminar theatre programmes, All-Energy 2016 features a major exhibition with up to 400 exhibiting companies showcasing products and services. These encompass all forms of renewable generation – wave and tidal, wind (on- and offshore), bioenergy, geothermal, hydrogen and fuel cells, hydropower, solar; as well as energy efficiency, heat (with a dedicated exhibition zone), similarly energy storage. There is also a low carbon transport zone.
The fifteen sector-specific trails around the exhibition are designed to help visitors find the exhibits of particular interest to them – for example 103 exhibitors have currently allied themselves to the wave and tidal trail; and 106 to the offshore wind one (with 41 on the offshore maintenance trail).
The All-Energy website at www.all-energy.co.uk not only carries the full conference / seminar programme and exhibitor list, but also divides the exhibitors into those sector trails; as well as by exhibitor category and product category, meaning that even before reaching the show, visitors can easily determine who they specifically want to see. They can also use the All-Energy App which is free to download; and the ever-growing online “What we’re showing” preview.
Strong list of supporters
All-Energy 2016 has a strong list of supporting organisations; and sponsors include Shepherd & Wedderburn; SP Energy Networks; Element Power; Centrica; Doosan Babcock; Everoze; Gaia Wind; and Green Marine.
All-Energy is 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; and once again UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), All-Energy’s ‘Key International Trade Partner’, will play an active role with country briefings and 1-2-1 meeting opportunities.
A further 40 organisations including government departments, professional bodies and trade associations act as supporters of the two-day annual event.
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