Energy efficiency – we all know it makes sense; it offers financial benefits, and is widely recognised as the easiest and most cost-effective means of reducing carbon emissions.
How should businesses of all sizes be addressing energy efficiency and instigating energy management systems and mindsets? In theory it should be easy, and should help us save precious, and expensive energy, but all too few of us in business, or at home, have really got to grips with it.
All-Energy 2013 (AECC, Aberdeen, 22-23 May) aims to help the thought – and action – process, with a special “Business Energy Efficiency Zone” within the UK’s largest renewable energy exhibition; a two day-long Business Energy Efficiency seminar programme within that zone; and two 90-minute double conference sessions that look at energy efficiency policy, action, funding and micro- and onsite generation.
“From that moment that our parents told us to ‘put that light out’ or asked sarcastically if we were challenging Blackpool illuminations, we’ve known it makes sense, but as we find ourselves going through the self-same procedure with our own young, it seems the penny hasn’t really dropped,” says All-Energy’s Exhibition Director, Jonathan Heastie, Global Group Renewables and Alternative Energy of Reed Exhibitions Ltd. “How much bigger the challenges, and rewards are in business and industry!
“We are well aware that the Scottish Government has set an ambitious target to reduce total final energy consumption in Scotland over the period to 2020 by 12%, and set out a wide-ranging programme of activity on behaviour change, All-Energy will highlight some of the products and services that will help organisations of all sizes change their behaviour; and in seminar and conference sessions we will be helping those responsible in organisations by sessions on policy, on products and services there to help, and with case histories too. There will be a trail for visitors to follow around the major exhibition so they can track down all energy efficiency and energy management solutions. Come on, we all know this makes sound sense – let All-Energy be the start of some serious ‘we can, we really can do it’ actions!” Both the Business Energy Efficiency Zone and the Energy Efficiency trail are sponsored by the Energy Savings Trust.
All elements of All-Energy – the major exhibition, the world-class conference, the seminar sessions and the Giant Networking Evening – are free to attend for all with a business/ professional interest in renewable and sustainable energy and in energy efficiency.
Energy efficiency at the All-Energy conference
John McMenemy, Energy Efficiency Policy Manager, Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Economy, The Scottish Government will get the All-Energy energy efficiency conference sessions off to a flying start on Wednesday 22 May, with other speakers including
Ann McKenzie, Head of Domestic Energy Efficiency, The Scottish Government ; Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland, who will be looking at Resource Efficient Scotland; Lawrence Slade, Chief Operating Officer of Energy UK who will give an update on ECOs – Energy Company Obligation; and Al-Karim Govindji, Technology Acceleration Manager, Innovation who will give a Carbon Trust update on Energy Efficiency in Business and Industry.
In the second conference session on the same afternoon, Chris Stubbs, Energy Practice Leader, ABB Ltd will look at Breaking Down Barriers to Sustainable Energy Reductions,; and Jamie Mehmood, Senior Director, Sustainable Energy Finance, RBS will be talking about the all-important business of Financing Energy Efficiency.
Then following ‘Microgeneration a Rapidly Changing Scene: An Overview’ by Colin McNaught, Managing Consultant, Ricardo-AEA there will be quick fire updates on technology – Small Wind (David Sharman, Ampair); Heat Pumps (David Pearson, Director of Innovation Star Refrigeration); Fuel Cell Micro CHP (Jon Cape, iPower); and Solar (Ray Noble, PV Specialist at the Solar Trade Association).
What’s happening in the seminar area
The Business Energy Efficiency Seminar Theatre, sponsored by ABB, is within the Business Energy Efficiency Zone in the exhibition and will feature presentations on:
• Infrared building thermography- seeing energy loss, cutting carbon costs
• The role of energy efficiency in business (with case studies to illustrate the theme)
• Lucrative commercial secrets revealed – 2013 is the tipping point for sustainable and efficient lo-carbon LED lighting
• Valorising excess renewables through hydrogen
• Improving industrial energy efficiency using the Heliex wet steam screw expander
• Low carbon transport – where are we now and where are we heading?
• Electricity generation from waste heat
• Energy efficiency in buildings, intelligent building control
• Smart services from SSE – free energy efficiency advice
• The use of residual heat to preheat combustion-air for thermal oil systems with a capacity starting from 300kW
• Efficiency and reliability improvement in connection with Hydro Generator Service
• A panel discussion, led by GreenEnergyNet, to help businesses save energy and money
Energy efficiency in the exhibition
All-Energy 20123 attracted 8,322 people from 49 countries of which 24% expressed an interest in energy efficiency; and 20% opted for energy management. “We’ll all have achieved our aims when 100% of those who attend decide energy efficiency is a top priority!” says Jonathan Heastie. “Last year nearly 90 of our exhibiting companies figured on our energy efficiency trail, this year it could be many more, for although some exhibit in our dedicated area, many others are elsewhere in the 8,000m2 net exhibition area. Visitors will be able to download the trail “map” a fortnight before the show opens so they can pre-plan their visit.
“Another way people can find out more is by looking at the company profiles on our website at www.all-energy.co.uk and consulting our “What They’re Showing” regularly updated round-up of exhibits (also on the website).”
“Exhibits range from the innovative Heliex rotary screw expander, which recovers low grade energy from wet steam, and generates electricity, obviously of interest to industrial users; Carbon8Lighting’s solutions for factories, warehouses and offices – many customers see a return on investment in periods of less than 9 months; Dűrr Systems’ products that use surplus process heat, waste heat, as well as conventional and alternative fuels in order to store, convert (into electricity), transfer, or dissipate energy; and Tigh Grian’s energy efficient house which is of interest to house builders, housing associations, and for retirement homes, for the construction method being endlessly repeatable, means it can be used for private home building, schools, flats, and townhouses.”
Companies who have already made sure they will be on the energy efficiency exhibition trail include Aalborg Energie Technik A/S, Aberdeenshire Council, Acksen, Ainscough Vanguard, Andritz Feed & Biofuel, Arcus Consulting Services, Beran Instruments, Black & Veatch, Campbell Scientific, Carbon8Lighting, Carter Jonas LLP, CD-Adapco, Clark Thomson Insurance Brokers, County Battery Services, Cytec Industrial Materials, Dűrr Systems, Dynamic Shetland, EA Technology, Eclectic Energy, ENER-G, Energy Institute, Energy Technologies Institute, Energy Technology Partnership, Europcar Group UK, Farm Energy Consulting, GBE SpA, GES Energy Efficiency Consultants, GNB Industrial Power (UK), The Greenspan Agency, Grontmij, Heliex Power, Hellerman Tyton, HG Energy SpA, Hydraurent, Industrial and Power Association, Inenco, International Centre for Island Technology, Invest Northern Ireland, Irem SpA, Isle of Man Government, Jumpstart, Kingspan Wind , Knowledge Transfer Networks, Konesko AS, Linnet Technology, The Lubricant Company, Muritroyd & Company, New Energy World Network, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Perth & Kinross Council, Port of Sunderland, Robert Gordon University, RTS, SAC Consulting, Schneider Electric, Scottish Solar Energy Group, Sunamp, Thistle Systems Group, Tigh Grian, TMS CADCentre, TRECO, University of Aberdeen, University of Manchester, URS Infrastructure & Environment, Walter Reist Holding, Worcester Bosh Group ….. “Just a look at this list helps to demonstrate the diverse range of products and services that will be on offer,” says Jonathan Heastie.
Online registration and further information on all aspects of All-Energy 2013 is at www.all-energy.co.uk