With a total of just over 7,000 participants from 55 countries; and over 450 exhibiting companies from 16 countries All-Energy 2010 (Aberdeen, 19-20 May 2010), the UK's largest renewable energy exhibition and conference, has proved to be a true record-breaker.
With a total of just over 7,000 participants from 55 countries; and over 450 exhibiting companies from 16 countries All-Energy 2010 (Aberdeen, 19-20 May 2010), the UK's largest renewable energy exhibition and conference, has proved to be a true record-breaker. The conference boasted more than 270 speakers and chairs taking part in over 50 sessions over the two days.
"Total attendance was up by 25%, and incredibly the exhibition was 25% larger than the 2009 show," explains Event Director, Jamie Thompson of Media Generation Events Ltd.
"Our total of 55 countries was five fewer than in 2009 - most probably because All-Energy was held at a time of volcanic ash disruptions and the on/off BA strike. Indeed, one of our plenary session speakers, Matt Simmons, Chairman Emeritus of investment bank, Simmons and Company International was stranded in Oslo and had to make his presentation by video conference. No doubt there were others who had similar problems, but every exhibitor managed to reach us - some by quite tortuous routes!
"We were delighted that Rt Hon Chris Huhne, Secretary of State at DECC was able to visit All-Energy. He spent some 90 minutes touring the exhibition and gave a press conference. Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Scottish Government spoke in the opening plenary session and toured the exhibition where he met fellow Scottish Government Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Jim Mather MSP. Both Westminster and Holyrood were well represented by other MPs and MSPs over the two days.
"There were many conference highlights including presentations by Dr Eddie O'Connor, Founder and Chief Executive of Mainstream Renewable Power, and Georg Adamowitsch, European Co-ordinator for the connection of offshore wind power in Northern Europe, European
Commission, the launch of the Offshore Valuation Study and sessions that emphasised the synergy between the offshore oil and gas industry and marine renewables sectors.
"Feedback from exhibitors, speakers, visitors and members of the media has been extraordinarily positive with descriptions of All-Energy as going "from strength to strength"; being "what must be the best renewables event in the world"; described as "a conference that stands head and shoulders above others"; written about as "the principal industry event of the year"; and described in an email saying: "Superb All-Energy in Aberdeen - best one yet" from someone who has been to all ten shows. Our exhibitor survey, which reveals high levels of satisfaction with the event, has also revealed interesting feedback with comments such as "great breadth of visitors that had a lot of knowledge"; "by far the best exhibition of its type … no other exhibition gives us feedback across our entire range"; "extremely dynamic exhibition and conference with high quality visitors ….. one of the happiest events we attend" and the very simple "Busy".
"We would like to thank those who took part in All-Energy 2010 in any way - it is thanks to their commitment and enthusiasm that the show has grown in terms of size, stature and popularity," he adds. "Now the hard work begins to ensure that All-Energy 2011 (Aberdeen, 18-19 May) builds on the success of this year's event, and indeed the success of all ten shows in the event's history."
The All-Energy 2010 conference presentations are now online and can be accessed free of charge; and both the show guide and attendance list will be online shortly. Exhibition space will be opened up to all from the end of June - currently 2010 exhibitors are being offered the opportunity to retain their current spots in the show at 2010 prices.
The principal sponsor of All-Energy 2010 was Vattenfall. Other sponsors included Grontmij, ACSEF, Invest in Fife and Xodus. All-Energy was held in association with AREG, RenewableUK, Scottish Renewables and UK Trade & Investment, and the Society for Underwater Technology is its learned society patron. All-Energy is supported by over 30 government departments, trade associations, RDAs and professional bodies. The show is organised by Media Generation Events Ltd in partnership with QMDI.
Further information on all aspects of All-Energy 2010 and on All-Energy 2011 is available at www.all-energy.co.uk and firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: +44 (0)1423 524545.