All-Energy 2011, the UK’s largest renewable energy conference and exhibition, broke attendance records both for exhibitor numbers, space filled (up 25%) and the number of speakers.
The provisional indications were that 8,000 people attended from over 50 countries.
Event Director Jamie Thompson of Media Generation Events, who organized the event in partnership with QMDI said the figure was “an appreciable increase on our figure of 7,000 last year”.
The 280-plus speaker conference featured 50 sessions and a personal appearance from Alex Salmond MSP, the First Minister of Scotland, on the eve of his swearing in to office.
Salmond explained in a video address to the conference that the new Scottish Government’s 2020 renewable electricity target had 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.
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.
All-Energy was first held in Aberdeen in 2001, and every show has been larger than its predecessor in terms of attendance, number of exhibitors and space taken.
There was a Civic Reception hosted by Aberdeen City Council and a free Giant Networking Evening.
All-Energy is held in association with RenewableUK, Scottish Renewables, the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) and UK Trade & Industry (UKTI) with the Society for Underwater Technology as its learned society patron.
The show is endorsed by over 30 government departments, trade associations, membership bodies and RDAs.
All-Energy 2012, the twelfth in the annual series, will be held at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre 23- 24 May 2012.
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