10th October 2009
All-Energy, the UK's largest renewable energy exhibition and conference,comes of age in May 2010 (Aberdeen, 19-20 May 2010) when it celebrates its tenth show in the constantly growing annual series. Already well over 3000m2 of space, 60% of the available space, has been booked or reserved by exhibitors from home and overseas.
"The show is continuing to grow in terms of stature as well as size," explains Event Director, Jamie Thompson. "This was borne out not only by the statistics from the 2009 show - 5500 attended from 60 countries, including 29 inward missions thanks to the hard work of UKTI and DECC; over 380 exhibiting companies took part; and there were more than 250 speakers - but also by comments from exhibitors and visitors as well as the results of our exhibitor survey.
"This survey showed that over 80% of exhibitors rated the quality of visitor good or very good; similarly over 80% of them rated the number of visitors as good or very good; and a satisfying 70%+ of exhibitors found the show good or very good value for money. And, nearly 90% of them said the show was good or very good for meeting their objectives. That is certainly quite some achievement, and one of which we are justifiably proud. We have included a selection of comments from visitors and exhibitors in our recently published newsletter which is also available on our website at www.all-energy.co.uk.
"We are equally proud of our early booking statistics, which see interest from several countries new to All-Energy eager to host pavilions at the 2010 show including France, Latvia, Lithuania, and the Republic of Ireland, as well as group pavilions from Austria, Canada, Denmark, Flanders, and Norway, Scottish regions and Northern Ireland, and individual companies from home and overseas."
All-Energy features a free-to-attend conference; and with over 250 speakers the 2009 conference was certainly the most broad-ranging ever held.
"Now is the time when we traditionally invite potential speakers, and those with strong views about topics they would like to see covered to contact us with brief (up to 300-word) abstracts and suggestions," explains Conference Producer, Judith Patten.
"We have already been asked to provide more technical sessions on wind; and to include a 'blue sky thinking' session. Our 2009 conference programme features on our website (along with presentations) to remind would-be speakers what was covered in 2009. We need conference abstracts by 30 November, and will then be discussing the myriad of sessions that cover all renewable energy sources (from major projects to microgeneration) and the challenges and opportunities facing the industry with our 'session champions' who are largely drawn from the large body of organisations that officially support and endorse All-Energy.
"The show is held in association with BWEA and Scottish Renewables, with input from a wide range of organisations ranging from government departments (Westminster and Holyrood), professional bodies and trade associations. We aim to publish the outline conference programme early in 2010 and the complete programme by early spring. In such a rapidly expanding industry, it is important that the conference programme keeps in step with development and is as topical as possible."