Once again All-Energy, organised by Reed Exhibitions, has earned its title of ‘the UK’s largest renewable energy exhibition and conference’ having broken all previous records in terms of space occupied by exhibitors and attendance. Held at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) 23-24 May, the twelfth version of the annual show attracted some 580 exhibiting companies from 19 countries occupying a record breaking 7,000m2 (net) with an additional 700m outside for displays, demonstrations and 'Ride and Drive'; total attendance of 8322 from 50 countries – an attendance increase of 8%; and over 300 speakers in the conference and seminar programme.
This upward trend has been seen throughout the show’s history with every show being larger than its predecessor and more people attending. Now planning begins in earnest for All-Energy 2013, to be held at AECC on 22 and 23 May 2013.
The 2012 show got off to a flying start on 23 May with a 'dream team' of plenary session speakers including the new Lord Provost of Aberdeen - Lord Provost George Adam; the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond MSP; Charles Hendry MP, Minister of State for Energy, DECC; Keith Anderson, Chief Corporate Officer, ScottishPower; David Gartside, Board Member, Health and Safety Executive; and three five-minute quick-fire presentations from Gamesa, The Crown Estate, and ITM Power.
“Showcasing the complete range of renewable and sustainable technologies and with a world-class multi-stream conference alongside, All-Energy 2012 once again provided the ideal opportunity for seeing, and hearing about, the latest cutting edge solutions,” says Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions. “This key annual event in the renewables calendar provides a meeting place for the men and women behind these solutions; and acts as a catalyst for those eager to source new partners and suppliers. Our major exhibition, conference and seminar programmes, associated meetings, and unparalleled networking opportunities, including the Giant Networking Evening attended by over a thousand, all play invaluable roles.
“Visitors appreciate the fact that attendance at all elements of All-Energy – major exhibitions, world-class conference; seminars; and Giant Networking Evening is entirely free of charge to all with a business/professional interest in renewable energy.”
New 2012 features
New features for 2012, the first show under Reed Exhibitions’ ownership, included sector-specific visitor trails that helped visitors plan their visit making best use of their time (and exhibitors know that they would be meeting people really interested in what they were showcasing); and three new sections within the show, two – Offshore Maintenance, and Smart Energy – on the showfloor complete with on-floor seminar theatres; and one outside.
Offshore Maintenance 2012 – where offshore wind meets oil and gas offshore expertise drew on the synergies between the offshore oil and gas industry which plays such a key role in the Aberdeen economy and the rapidly developing needs of the offshore wind sector. Smart Energy provided the All-Energy take on energy efficiency and management; and microgeneration and onsite renewables.
The third new section was the Low Carbon Vehicle Zone featuring ‘Ride & Drive’. Here some of the latest electric and hydrogen vehicles could be closely inspected, and some put through their paces. ITM Power played a key role in the Ride & Drive area with the UK-exhibition launch of their HFuel Here hydrogen refuelling system and Hyundai fuel cell cars, one of which was put to the test by Scotland’s First Minister.
“We foresee all three areas growing for All-Energy 2013,” says Jonathan Heastie.”We were delighted too to attract one additional feature. For an afternoon All-Energy hosted the UK offshore wind supply chain event organised by The Crown Estate, Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, in addition to a full calendar of associated events both before and during the show.
“It is highly gratifying that during the show in excess of a thousand square metres was reserved by existing exhibitors for All-Energy 2013 – with many more space reservations being made since the show closed last week. That, and feedback from our exhibitors, speakers and visitors speaks volumes about the climate we create in which business can be done.”
He goes on to add: “A quote from Christian Meyer of Enercon sums things up well, he said: ‘For us, All-Energy is the most important show in the UK, and the All-Energy mix is particularly good. Here we can meet a lot of potential and existing customers; it's important to meet them face-to-face. All-Energy is a great platform for this opportunity - this is where we sell turbines. Scotland and NE England are very good areas for us, in terms of increasing our turbine sales. Most of our turbines are installed in Scotland’, and Deborah Smith of Pelamis Wave Power says quite simply: ‘All-Energy is the one show we exhibit at every year’. “
Reading post-show newspaper reports it was good to see David Rodger, spokesman for the proposed European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, a partnership between Vattenfall Wind Power UK, Technip and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) quoted as saying: ‘Aberdeen has become a window to the world for renewables’, adding that the last three years had seen increasingly overseas participation, with visitors from Europe as well as Japan and Korea. And, Morag McCorkindale, AREG’s Chief Operating Officer quoted as saying: ‘The show has been growing year on year and it is quite amazing how much it’s still growing. One of the big areas is overseas visitors, which is great for Aberdeen because it shows how well we are establishing ourselves in the international market’, which her colleague Iain Todd, AREG’s Renewables Champion, commented on how much ‘hard kit’ there was now on show.
“Safety is an important element, which is why we invited David Gartside of HSE to address the opening session audience, and so it is rewarding to have received a comment from Greig Duncan of Falck Nutec on this key aspect: ‘We were delighted with the response that we received at this year's conference. The feedback we received echoed the positivity and enthusiasm surrounding the renewable energy market in the UK. The market as a whole is remaining switched on to health & safety in renewables, in particular offshore wind, this is a trend which is set to continue in future months and years.’”
“We have a raft of similar comments from exhibitors, visitors and speakers and look forward to All-Energy 2013 (22-23 May) which we know will not only meet, but surpass their expectations. Space bookings are now being taken, and a Call for Papers will be published in the early Autumn, and be available on our website – www.all-energy.co.uk
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