RenewableUK’s Annual Conference in Manchester from 25 to 27 October 2011

October 14th, 2011 by RenewableUK

The UK’s premier renewable energy event, RenewableUK 2011, is taking place in Manchester from 25 to 27 October 2011. More than five thousand people will be attending the wind and marine energy trade association’s 33rd annual conference and exhibition at the MCCC (Manchester Central Convention Complex). Three hundred companies will be exhibiting, and representatives from many more will be sharing ideas and networking.

Maria McCaffery, Chief Executive of RenewableUK, speaking at the Offshore wind energy conference in Liverpool in 2011 (image courtesy of RenewableUK)

“This is our biggest event of the year – and every year we’re seeing an increase in the number of companies exhibiting”, said the association’s Head of Brand and Marketing, Simon Becker. “Our conferences are seen as must-attend events by anyone interested in the wind, wave and tidal sectors. We’ve had to extend the exhibition into an extra hall to accommodate the demand for more space. This year, we have two new technology pavilions – one for Small Wind Systems, and the other for Wave & Tidal Energy. Overall, it’s a great opportunity for manufacturers, developers, suppliers, financiers and research institutes to find out about the latest developments in these fast-growing industries”.

The keynote speaker is the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne. He will address the conference on Wednesday 26 October 2011.

Among the many other highlights, the conference will open with a keynote speech from our core sponsor, Siemens. The Managing Director of Siemens Energy Sector UK, Matthew Chinn, will highlight how industry is responding to the Renewable Energy Roadmap published by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change. His speech will examine what needs to be done to ensure that the renewable energy industry can drive down generation costs, particularly for offshore wind.

In one of the most eagerly-awaited sessions, chaired by RenewableUK’s Director of Policy Gordon Edge, a number of leading industry figures will examine the impact of the proposals set out in the Government’s Energy White Paper – the most radical reform of the electricity market for decades.

Day 2 features a dedicated Wave and Tidal event held in conjunction with the European Ocean Energy Agency (EU-OEA). This session will aim to define the global opportunities offered by this sector, outlining national government activity within Europe and from further afield.

Aquamarine Power's Oyster wave energy converter fabricated at Nigg near Inverness, Scotland (image courtesy of RenewableUK and Aquamarine Power)

On Day 3, the exhibition and Careers Fair is open to the public free of charge. This includes free sessions for anyone interested in a career in the renewable energy sector. In one of these sessions, entitled “Farming Wind Energy”, RenewableUK will bring together farming experts and industry representatives to introduce wind energy to the agricultural community, farmers and landowners. The session will assess different types of technologies available on the market and provide valuable information on the benefits of wind energy.


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