All-Energy – It’s where busy people come to do business

Written by Judith Patten

For all involved with renewable and sustainable energy, there’s only one place to be on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 May … All-Energy 2013 at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).

There’s a very special buzz at the UK’s largest renewable energy exhibition and conference. It’s the sound and sense of business being done, contacts being made. Last year, 8,322 people from 49 countries benefited from that buzz – join us and be part of it this May!

All-Energy is where all the renewable energy sectors come together, where all renewables come under the conference spotlight (in over 87 hours of conference deliberations and discussion), and are represented in the major exhibition – 580 exhibitors from 19 countries took part last year, and this year’s exhibition is even larger.

There are three show-floor seminar areas sponsored by ABB (Business Energy Efficiency; Offshore Wind, and Wave And Tidal Technology Showcases); three dedicated show zones – Business Energy Efficiency; Low Carbon Transport; and Jobs. A dozen sector specific visitor trails lead you where you need to be, to the exhibits of most importance to your business interests; and The Energy Hub, sponsored by The Crown Estate is a new business lounge in which to hold meetings..

Each year, All-Energy provides an unparalleled opportunity to see the latest cutting edge solutions, hear about policy and technology developments, source new partners and suppliers, and participate in the much acclaimed Giant Networking Evening.

Highly topical conference programme

The conference gets off to a flying start on 22 May with the opening plenary session in which speakers include Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Scottish Government, Lady Susan Rice CBE, Managing Director, Lloyds Banking Group Scotland and two luminaries of the offshore wind industry – Huub den Rooijen, Head of Offshore Wind Energy, The Crown Estate and Benj Sykes, UK Country Manager, Wind Power, DONG Energy.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald of Strathclyde University is a special speaker programmed for the lunch break on Day 1; the Day 2 programme starts with experts in the energy industry discussing the future of energy in a session chaired by a former Energy Minister, Rt Hon Brian Wilson; and, throughout the packed two days there are nine conference streams running in parallel.

These cover everything from offshore wind and wave and tidal energy (sessions running throughout the show in the main conference as well as the seminar theatres) to renewables for communities and renewables for the farming community; from finance and funding (with the UK GIB in the conference spotlight) and Electricity Market Reform; to sessions on hydro, onshore wind,  bioenergy, hydrogen and fuel cells, carbon capture and storage, geothermal, the grid and……….. if it’s to do with renewables, sustainable energy and energy efficiency, it’ll be discussed!

Attendance at all elements of All-Energy is free of charge to all with a business/ professional interest in the topics (no admission to under 16s).  Register online at

Editors note : What a fantastic opportunity to have right on our doorsteps! We are extremely excited and can’t wait for the conference to begin. Please keep an eye out for our conference summary following the event, it will not only remind you of the talks, but hopefully help fill out any gaps in your own note takings. Thanks, Kathryn Elliott.

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