Highlands and Islands supply chain shines at All-Energy event

Forty-six of the region’s businesses took centre stage at the UK’s biggest renewable energy exhibition and conference in Glasgow 10-11 May.

In conjunction with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the businesses exhibited over the two day event at the HI-Energy pavilion which once again had the largest regional presence at the show.

The event was held at the Scottish Event Campus and was opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Conference sessions covered a wide range of topics, including a talk from HIE’s head of energy, Audrey MacIver on local energy economies.

HIE manages the over-arching HI-energy pavilion on behalf of the region’s energy industry to ensure the area’s extensive renewable energy offerings are promoted, including its world-leading role in offshore renewables, experienced supply chain and top-class facilities.

The region is well-represented with businesses involved from a range of areas of expertise across the renewable energy sector, including  onshore and offshore wind, biomass, wave and tidal, ports and harbours, environmental consultancy, law, insurance and transport.

Last year 400 companies and organisations exhibited at the show which saw over 7,000 visitors from 45 countries attend.

There have been a number of significant milestones in the region’s renewable energy sector since last year’s event; including the announcement of the creation of up to 200 jobs at Kishorn Port during the construction of the Kincardine Offshore Windfarm project; the testing facility at European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney being used by a significant number of developers; commissioning of the MeyGen tidal stream project in the Pentland Firth which is the world’s first utility scale and largest tidal energy farm; and construction began at the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm in the Moray Firth.

HIE’s Audrey MacIver, said: “All-Energy is an integral part of the business calendar for the renewable energy sector and it represents an ideal opportunity for these companies to meet like-minded people from the renewable energy sector across the globe.

“Our presence at the show is testament to the significant volume of renewables activity going on in our region. These include world first projects in community renewables, leading expertise in energy engineering and supply chain companies, and world-class port and harbour infrastructure.

“The potential benefits from the sector to a wide variety of businesses across the region are becoming a reality and projects are really taking off.”

All-Energy is held in association with the Renewable Energy Association (REA); Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Scottish Enterprise; Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) and host city Glasgow.

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