The 16th All-Energy exhibition and conference, held at Glasgow’s SECC on 4 and 5 May  attracted a total unique attendance of 6726 from 45 countries. Some 400 exhibitors from 14 countries were represented on stands throughout the busy exhibition halls at the UK’s largest renewable energy event, which also focuses on low carbon and sustainable solutions. All-Energy will return to the SECC 10th-11th May 2017.

“There was a marvellous buzz throughout the exhibition halls and business was most certainly done,” explains Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions. “We are grateful to the City of Glasgow for making us feel so welcome and at home.

“Our ten conference streams and three quick fire seminar areas were well attended, as was our Giant Networking Evening at the Glasgow Science Centre, and exhibitors, visitors and speakers all commented on the exceptional quality of our audience. We will be analysing the figures further in the coming weeks and inviting feedback from all our participants, but it is fair to say that exhibitors and visitors alike were most certainly eager to take the advice given by opening plenary session speaker Keith Anderson, Chief Executive of ScottishPower Renewables’ to focus on ‘the opportunities in front of us’ in order to build a clean power future. They were at All-Energy not only to do business but to take on board new ideas and new approaches.”

Keith Anderson was one of five speakers in the opening plenary session that got the two days off to a flying start, the others being Cllr Frank McAveety, The Leader of Glasgow City Council, Nina Skorupska CBE, Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association (who also chaired the session); Julian Leslie, Electricity Network Development Manager, National Grid; Jasper Rigter, Associate Programme Officer - REmap 2030, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); and Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of Strathclyde and co-chair (with the First Minister of Scotland) of the Scottish Energy Advisory Board.

The conference, with over 460 speakers who between them spoke for 120 hours, covered every form of renewable energy generation and allied topics such as the grid, and finance and funding and looked at specific usage of renewable energy for sectors such as local communities and the farming community. It also looked at sustainable and smart cities and low carbon solutions ranging from heat to transport; energy efficiency and energy management to local energy economies; energy storage to carbon capture and storage; and hydrogen and fuel cells to its regular nuclear update; and featured the Innovate UK and DECC Innovation Showcase; UK Trade & Investments’ country briefings and in-depth look at opportunities in the Chinese offshore wind market.

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