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The All-Energy Story

2001

The launch of the Creating an All-Energy Future Conference and Exhibition was held to explore the commercial opportunities provided by the renewable energy industry now and in the short and medium term. With its strong conference programme and exhibitor profile, Creating An All-Energy Future provided two days of market research opportunities for companies within the industry.  

2002

An enormous wind turbine blade measuring 37m in length and a survey vessel were outside the hall to greet delegates and visitors to All-Energy Opportunities 2002. The exhibition with its 100+ exhibiting companies from Denmark, Germany, UK and USA was free of charge to all with a business interest in the renewable energy industry and in opportunities for diversification into it alongside the existing oil and gas industry and other business interests.

Up to 350 delegates from home and overseas spent two days in the conference that, with the help of some 60 speakers, defined the renewable energy market and looked at business opportunities in detail.

2003

The third All-Energy Opportunities Exhibition and Conference easily broke previous records with a total attendance of some 1250, there were 150 exhibiting companies and 80+ speakers; statistics that certainly mirror the ever-growing interest in the rapidly growing renewable energy business.

The All-Energy Opportunities conference once again reflected topical issues of interest and concern to the industry and involved well over 70 speakers.  The first day was opened by the new Leader of Aberdeen City Council, Cllr. Kate Dean; and by a video presentation from UK Energy Minister, Brian Wilson MP* in a speech peppered with announcements. Topics covered in plenary sessions on the opening day included the Renewable Obligation; Market Opportunities with views from Norway and the UK; Renewables – The Offshore Future; Key issues – Grid and Supply Chain.

Workshops were a new introduction at this year’s event – something made possible by the £18million redevelopment programme that has been undertaken at Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, which now boasts breakout rooms as an additional feature. Fourteen workshops were held over the two days on a wide variety of topics including offshore wind – going deeper offshore; offshore wind – site investigation and its impact on offshore turbine foundations and cable burial; onshore wind – public attitudes and tourism; onshore wind – topical planning issues; developing the electrical grid to meet demand; supply chain management and e-business; wave and tidal – what the innovators need to know; the hydrogen economy; hydro – implementing the Water framework Directive – challenges for industry; a biofuels strategy for Scotland; certification and testing for wave and tidal; finance and funding; R&D finance and funding; and planning for the marine environment.

2004

Once again, the annual All-Energy Opportunities renewable energy exhibition and conference demonstrated the growth of business interest there is in the renewables industry with over 1800 attending the annual event at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. The show has chalked up a dramatic growth chart – 350 attendees and 50 exhibiting companies in 2001, 850 attendees and 100 exhibiting companies in 2002, 1250 attendees and 150 exhibiting companies in 2003 and then this year’s record-breaker with its 1800+ attendees and nearly 200 exhibiting companies.

Aberdeen was particularly strongly represented in the exhibition with a large pavilion jointly organised by Aberdeen City Council (principal sponsor of the show) and AREG (the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group) featuring over 30 organisations; there were also group stands organised by EEEGR, One NorthEast, and Highlands & Islands Enterprise; wind turbine manufacturers GE Energy, REpower, Bonus and DeWind all exhibited and other exhibitors covered the whole gamut of products and services needed by the expanding industry and representing wind, wave, tidal, hydro, fuel cell, CHP and bioenergy.

For the first time, All-Energy Opportunities 2004 featured a free conference, a step  appreciated by exhibitors and visitors who packed the conference hall for the opening keynote sessions featuring the Lord Provost of the City of Aberdeen; Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning; Mark Hope of Shell; Richard Erskine of Norsk Hydro; Professor Janet Sprent OBE of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and experts speaking on the key issues facing the industry including grid expansion, planning, the Government’s innovation review, opportunities for diversification and the importance of the community.

2005

The facts and figures alone speak volumes about the success of the fifth All-Energy Exhibition and Conference, --- nearly 200 exhibiting companies from the UK, Denmark, Germany and Ireland exhibiting their renewable energy expertise; and over 2150 attendees from more than 30 countries (a 20% increase on 2004).

Add to the records the first speech to the energy industry by the new Energy Minister, Malcolm Wicks MP (with his keynote address relayed by video link to a second hall, well over 550 heard and saw him speak); keynote addresses by, distinguished speakers including Ross Finnie MSP, Minister of Environment & Rural Development, Scottish Executive and Lord Oxburgh, Chairman of Shell Transport and Trading; even a flying visit during build-up by Jim Wallace MSP Deputy First Minister for Enterprise & Lifelong Learning, Scottish Executive.  Then too there was a former Energy Minister – Brian Wilson – speaking about the role of micro-renewables; and the leader of the SNP, Alex Salmond MP, chairing a session on offshore wind power. 

2006

The sixth event in the annual Aberdeen-based series of exhibitions and conferences was certainly the most successful in terms of attendance, with 2,850 attending - a 33% increase on the previous year’s figure; nearly 220 exhibiting companies from home and overseas taking part (Belgium, Holland, Japan and Norway figured on the exhibitor list for the first time); and 150+/- speakers and chairs involved in the vibrant conference.

Other firsts during the course of the two days included a display of ‘cars of the future’, the first conference session featuring Norwegian innovations – including the first presentation of the Hammerfest Strøm tidal power project given outside Norway; the first All-Energy session on carbon capture and storage; a half day session on plans for the installation of the Beatrice Demonstrator project this summer; first post-event technical visit.

2007

With 4000 participants from home and overseas, All-Energy ’07, which incorporated the first H207 hydrogen and fuel cell conference and group pavilion, proved to be the largest and busiest in its seven-show history. Attendance was up 40% over the 2006 event (when 2850 attended); the number of exhibitors had risen by 50% (220 in 2006; and 350 in 2007) occupying 40% more space (just under 2000m2 in 2006; 2756m2 in 2007); and the conference saw nearly 220 speakers take part.

2008

With 4700 participants from home and overseas, All-Energy ’08 proved to be the largest and busiest in its eight-show history. Visitors came from 61 countries (including Inward Missions from 27 countries); and 380+ exhibiting companies at the UK’s largest renewables exhibition and conference came from a dozen countries and occupied 3600m2.

There were some 220 speakers taking part in the two-day conference. Opening morning saw the Lord Provost of the City of Aberdeen welcome participants to ‘The Energy City’ and keynote addresses by Malcolm Wicks MP, Minister of State for Energy (in the session dealing with 2020 EU targets); Jim Mather, the Scottish Government Minister for Enterprise, Energy & Tourism; Ian Marchant, Chief Executive of Scottish and Southern Energy; John Westwood, chairman of Douglas-Westwood Ltd and Reijo Kemppinen, Head of the European Commission’s Representation in the UK.

2009

In terms of space taken by 380+/- exhibitors from 14 countries (4,000m2 net in two halls) and as far as attendance went, with 5,500 attending the two day show from 60 countries, an increase of 17% over the record-breaking 2008 event, All-Energy ’09 continued its unbroken “growth for every show held” record.

We had industry and academic keynote addresses on the ‘Vision to Action’ theme; as well as government officials representing Brussels, Westminster and Holyrood updating our audience on current policy; business briefing on new markets including China and the USA; there were sessions and streams looking at skills and training; grid and networks; planning; power storage; sessions aimed at the farming community, at communities aiming to establish renewable projects, and developers eager to effectively manage community benefit; and sessions looking at Austria’s expertise, at green data centres and at aviation, radar and wind. We were delighted that The Crown Estate briefed our audience on marine activity in a special 90-minute session which played to a packed hall.

2010

With a total of just over 7,000 participants from 55 countries; and over 450 exhibiting companies from 16 countries All-Energy 2010 (Aberdeen, 19-20 May 2010), the UK’s largest renewable energy exhibition and conference, has proved to be a true record-breaker. The conference boasted more than 270 speakers and chairs taking part in over 50 sessions over the two days. Total attendance was up by 25%, and incredibly the exhibition was 25% larger than the 2009 show.

We were delighted that Rt Hon Chris Huhne, Secretary of State at DECC was able to visit All-Energy. He spent some 90 minutes touring the exhibition and gave a press conference. Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Scottish Government spoke in the opening plenary session and toured the exhibition where he met fellow Scottish Government Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Jim Mather MSP. Both Westminster and Holyrood were well represented by other MPs and MSPs over the two days.

2011

With more than 8,000 from over 50 countries attending, over 580 exhibitors from 20 countries, and at 6,600m2 net, 25% larger, undoubtedly making the exhibition the most successful in its history.

The 280+-speaker conference, featuring nearly 50 sessions, got off to a flying start with an upbeat video from Alex Salmond MSP, the First Minister of Scotland, who was unable to be at the show in person as 18 May was the day on which he had to be at the Scottish Parliament for his re-election.

In his message played to a packed hall, he explained that the new Scottish Government's 2020 renewable electricity target has been raised to 100 per cent, and pledged to move "still faster and further" to secure Scotland's place as the green energy powerhouse of Europe. Mr Salmond also launched an online portal showcasing Scotland's burgeoning offshore wind sector and announced the signing of a new strategic agreement between the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney and the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) in Nova Scotia, Canada, to collaborate on the development and deployment of power generation from the sea.

After the fantastic success of the show in 2011 Reed Exhibitions acquired the show from Media Generation Events Ltd

2012

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.

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.

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 ensuring exhibitors know that they will 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.

The year ended on a high, with All-Energy’s co-founder Judith Patten being presented with the Scottish Green Energy ‘Outstanding Contribution’ Award.

2013

Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was able to announce that: “New research by my Department estimates that, since 2010, across the UK, over £29 billion of private sector investment in renewables has been announced supporting almost 30,000 jobs. Many of these jobs are highly-skilled and well-paid positions and employees can be proud to be a part of securing the UK’s energy supply.” He added: “The commitment of the UK Government to a vision of a low carbon future is building up a bow wave of new jobs and investment in the economy.”

Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister of Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Scottish Government was able to make several announcements including the first Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF) deal completed by the Scottish Investment Bank; the news that the Marine Renewables Commercialisation Fund (MRCF) will now provide a bespoke programme of support for the wave sector to enable wave projects to get to the first array stage. The announcement was also made on All-Energy opening day that Scottish ministers have granted a licence to Aquamarine Power for a wave farm of up to 50 Oyster wave devices off the north west coast of Lewis.

These two far-ranging speeches set a positive mood for the event with its 606 exhibiting companies from home and overseas occupying 8,000m2 net; some 350 conference speakers in 56 sessions and show-floor seminar theatres and total attendance of 7,687 from 48 countries, with many of the first day attendees making a welcome return on the second giving us a cumulative attendance figure of 10,382,

2014

All-Energy 2014 attracted 450 exhibiting companies from 20 countries and the conference got off to a flying start with political keynote addresses by Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP, Secretary of State for Scotland and Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, and presentations by Johan Sandberg of DNV GL, Rob Cormie, UK GIB, Bader Saeed Al Lamki, Masdar Clean Energy, Angela Knight CBE, Energy UK, Gordon McIntosh Aberdeen City Council and Duncan Botting, Global Smart Transformation. Lunch time on Day 1 saw ‘The Great Debate’, on the energy implications of the Scottish Independence Referendum between Fergus Ewing and Frank Doran MP, kindly standing in for Tom Greatrex MP, UK Shadow Energy Minister, and Chaired by Professor Sir Jim McDonald.

The Day 2 plenary featured presentations by  Julian Leslie, Head of Electricity Customer Service, Gordon McIntosh and Jeremy Cresswell, Retiring Chairman, AREG (Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group) and Director, EOWDC, and a keynote presentation by Peter Boyd, Chief Operating Officer, The Carbon War Room a global non-profit organisation, founded by Sir Richard Branson and a team of like-minded entrepreneurs that accelerates the adoption of business solutions that reduce carbon emissions at gigaton scale and advance the low-carbon economy. The organization focuses on solutions that can be realized using proven technologies under current policy landscapes.  Later on in the day, Sir Richard (linked by Skype from his home on Necker Island) expanded more on his renewable energy aims and objectives I n a Q&A session with Calum Davidson of HIE and Rick Squires, Non-Executive Director of Good Energy Group.

Less than a month after the show Judith Patten was awarded MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for “services to renewable energy” – another feather in the All-Energy cap.  Judith was also awarded a Fellowship of the Society for Underwater Technology just days before the MBE  Investiture that took place in early December at Windsor Castle, where she and HM The Queen had an interesting conversation about the Archimedes screw installed at Romney Weir on the River Thames, close to the Castle.

After 14 highly successful years in Aberdeen, 2014 saw the decision to move All-Energy to a new home in Glasgow.  Like Aberdeen, Glasgow understands and appreciates the strategic importance of renewable energy and is rapidly emerging as a leading international hub for energy expertise, particularly due to its well-developed R&D and technical engineering capabilities.

In 2015 Glasgow was to hold its first themed year – a Green Year, with All-Energy as one of its showcase events in this programme of city-wide, high profile initiatives all aimed at getting local businesses and communities involved in sustainability. Additionally, the support that the event and all of its participants would receive from Glasgow, including its commitment to help grow attendance and participation from local policy makers, academia, research and industry will ensure All-Energy continues to grow and evolve to best reflect and serve the UK renewables industry.

2015

All-Energy, proved it could pull out all the stops thanks to its move to Glasgow, and welcomed a record-breaking attendance of 8,250 from over 50 countries at the SECC.

We had packed aisles in an extraordinarily busy exhibition featuring 450+ exhibiting companies from 20 countries; and in many conference sessions ‘standing room only’ in the 11 equally packed conference and seminar halls and theatres, where over 440 speakers took part in 120 hours of discussion, debate and knowledge sharing.

Added to that we had a tremendous turnout for the Giant Networking Evening at the Glasgow Science Centre and with a 20% increase in visitors, the 2015 move to Glasgow was a resounding success.

The conference too got off to a flying start on the first day (6 May) with a superb plenary session, before a completely full auditorium (capacity 624). Chaired by Keith Anderson, Chief Corporate Officer of ScottishPower, the panel of speakers comprised The Leader of Glasgow City Council, Cllr Gordon Matheson CBE; Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, Scottish Government; Professor Sir Jim McDonald Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde; Benj Sykes, Head of Asset Management, DONG Energy Wind Power; and Ian Marchant, former CEO of SSE. 

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