The scene is set, the countdown has begun in earnest… after a gap of two years, All-Energy, the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference, returns to Glasgow’s SEC on 11 and 12 May. Renowned for the busy and ‘buzzy’ atmosphere in the exhibition, and the superlative quality of the conference, this year’s show celebrates its 21st anniversary by pulling out all the stops.

Those ‘stops’ include a major exhibition with up to 250 exhibiting companies and a conference programme in which a panoply of luminaires will stand behind lecterns in 18 theatres over the two days – 11 are conference rooms at SEC where over 50 sessions will be held, the remaining seven are show floor theatres (homing in on nine topics).

All-Energy with its strap line ‘Engineering a net zero future’ embraces all forms of renewable energy generation (on and offshore wind, solar, marine energy (wave and tidal stream), bioenergy – biomass, biogas, biofuel and waste to energy, and hydropower) and all that combines to make a successful projects of all sizes ranging from the grid and networks to finance and funding, energy systems, energy storage, hydrogen, community and local energy and much more.

Dcarbonise, supported by the Scottish Government and Energy Saving Trust, aimed at the end user, looks at decarbonisation of heat and energy efficiency in the built environment (both in existing buildings of all ages and new build); and at the decarbonisation of industry; of transport (with vehicles on display); of places; and – importantly to the whole business community – decarbonisation of the supply chain. If you want to get your organisation to net-zero this might prove an unmissable session, attend.

Stars abound

Who’s on the speaker list? It’s very long for in all, some 500 experts ranging from senior industry and academic figures to working engineers with ingenious solutions; ‘money men’ to experts in decarbonising places; and PhD students based on The Research Hub will be taking part. .

They include The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP; Scotland’s Transport Minister, Jenny Gilruth MSP; Keith Anderson, ScottishPower’s CEO; Shell UK’s Country Chair, David Bunch; Jonathan Brearley, Ofgem’s CEO; Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice Chancellor of Strathclyde University; Chris Stark, CEO of the Climate Change Committee; Steve Scrimshaw, Vice President, Siemens Energy; Guy Newey, Director of Strategy and Performance, Energy Systems Catapult; Lindsay McQuade, CEO, ScottishPower Renewables; Polly Billington, CEO, UK100; Dr David Joffe, Head of Carbon Budgets, CCC; Rachel McEwen, Chief Sustainability Officer, SSE; Professor Karen Turner, Director of Strathclyde University’s Centre for Energy Policy … the list of stars is almost never-ending.

Some of the regular All-Energy sessions such as the five on offshore wind (and a one-day show floor theatre) have attracted winners in both the ScotWind and (south of the Border) Round 4 licensing rounds. There will be discussion on those rounds and looking to future ones; on supply chain opportunities and challenges; and two on floating wind. There is a new highly relevant session too ‘Offshore transmission: What next’ with speakers from BEIS, Ofgem, National Grid ESO and OceanWinds already confirmed.

Onshore wind; and energy systems each have four sessions. One in the latter mounted by Professor Keith Bell of Strathclyde University considers ‘Security of supply in the future, zero carbon electricity system’. Hydrogen abounds throughout both the All-Energy and Dcarbonise programmes in dedicated sessions and in sector-specific ones, as well as in a two-day show floor theatre..

New sessions this year include ‘A Just Transition’; ‘Skills and Training’; ’Supply chain decarbonisation’, ‘Island energy’; an ‘Energy Integration’ session masterminded by the Net Zero Technology Centre; sessions highlighting Canadian and Italian expertise; and an exciting finance and funding session organised by Greenbackers Investment Capital who bring their ‘Climate Tech Tour at All-Energy’ to the show including their Super Pitch session. Innovate UK, old friends of All-Energy, look at new to the show subjects – the Energy Catalyst and innovation for urban environments. Additional features include ‘Meet the Developer’ and the Civic Reception and Giant Networking Evening at the Glasgow Science Centre.

Register now to join the renewable and low carbon energy community in Glasgow this may: all-energy.co.uk/BS