The Renewables Event from i2i Events, the UK’s only conference and exhibition dedicated to onsite renewable energy generation, will return to the Birmingham NEC this September (10 to 11). Visitors can also access the free two-day, CPD-accredited seminar programme, featuring talks from 25 key thinkers and decision makers in renewable technology.

The Renewables Event is a key destination for anyone interested in and responsible for on-site renewable energy generation, from corporations, manufacturers and retailers to public sector organisations. To find out more information and register for your free ticket visit quoting priority code ENMM1

Exhibitor highlights
Exhibitors at this year’s Renewables Event will showcase the latest products and technologies from the full spectrum of renewable technologies and research, including wind, biogas/biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar PV and solar thermal energy.

From the country’s fastest growing energy solutions companies to the industry leaders in biogas plant production, this year’s event is the perfect chance to buy, sell and network with renewables heavyweights. Exhibitors this year include Arbor Heat and Power, Econergy (British Gas company), Ecopod Heating Systems, Total Gas and Power and Waldon Energy.

Conference programme and speakers

This year’s conference programme features a range of presentations, debates and panel discussions covering some of the most topical and contentious issues around renewables. Located in the RE:Word Theatre, themes set to top the bill include the Government’s commitment to renewables amid recent policy changes (including feed-in-tariff changes), financing onsite renewables and understanding and meeting government incentive schemes.  

ROI and site suitability, as well as the latest technologies and innovations, such as anaerobic digestion and biomass burners will also be covered in-depth.

Some of the leading purchasers, developers and suppliers of renewable energy will be speaking in the conference programme, including:

Patrick Begg – National Trust, Rural Enterprises Director

Patrick Begg, Rural Enterprises Director at the National Trust, will explain how renewables are at the heart of the National Trust’s conservation policy. The National Trust has invested £3.5 million in five pilot projects across the UK, including hydro, biomass and heat pumps, with the aim of generating 50 per cent of the Trust’s energy from renewable sources by 2020.

With many renewables technologies, such as wind turbines and solar panels, not suitable for most National Trust areas, Mr. Begg will talk about how they use photovoltaics in hidden places, and rivers to generate hydropower for their properties.

SEMINAR: ‘Planning for onsite renewables in a sensitive environment – key considerations for selecting appropriate technologies and assessing site suitability’, September 11, 11:15am

Michael Rutter, Deputy Director of Renewables Delivery Team, DECC

Michael Rutter is currently Head of Renewable Energy Delivery in the Office of Renewable Energy Deployment (ORED) in the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
He joined ORED in November 2012 following several years as Head of Energy Resilience in DECC. He is currently leading a range of projects involving onshore wind, offshore wind and biomass electricity to mitigate barriers to the deployment of renewable technologies.
His presentation will give an overview of the Renewable Energy Roadmap, including progress achieved to date and the role of key renewable technologies in greening the grid.
SEMINAR: The UK Renewable Energy Roadmap update, September 10, 10:10am

Lucy Siegle, journalist and green living expert
Lucy Siegle is an expert on living a green, eco-friendly existence. She writes a weekly column on ethical living for the Observer Magazine, with articles ranging from ethical consumerism to corporate social responsibility and sustainable development.

Lucy’s first book, ‘Green Living in the Urban Jungle’, is a guide to an eco lifestyle for urban dwellers. Lucy challenges the enduring stereotypes of Barbara and Margot as co-author of the ultimate guide to ethical living, ‘A Good Life’. She has also written ‘To Die For’, a look at the unethical and unsustainable practices of the fashion industry.

SEMINAR: ‘In conversation with Lucy Siegle’, September 10, 11:30am

Ben Norbury, Climate Change Advisor, The Cooperative

In his role as Carbon and Climate Change Adviser at The Co-operative, Ben Norbury is responsible for managing the carbon offsetting activities of the business. He provides support to the community-owned and co-operatively-governed renewable energy projects, and provides expert advice and guidance on all things climate change-related.

His talk will draw on a range of recent industry experience, with projects including commissioning work on the environmental and renewables policy impacts of shale gas and investigating the potential for carbon offset projects. Such projects contribute to The Co-operative’s existing fair trade and international development initiatives.

SEMINAR: ‘Case study: the role of onsite wind energy in reaching renewable electricity generation targets at The Co-operative and opportunities and challenges for wider deployment’, September 10, 3:30pm