All-Energy kicks-off today with “dream team” line-up

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All-Energy 2014 gets under way at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre today.

More than 450 exhibitors from 20 countries are taking part in the annual energy technology showcase and conference.

It is focused on the renewables sector but also embraces many leading names from the oil and gas supply chain

As well as keynote speeches from Energy Minister Fergus Ewing and Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael, today’s highlights include the official launch of Aberdeen’s hydrogen bus project.

Organisers are promising “fireworks” at a lunchtime energy debate between Mr Ewing and Aberdeen North Labour MP Frank Doran.

Tomorrow’s speakers include multibillionaire Sir Richard Branson, who will address delegates via video-link from his Carribean home on Necker Island.

A total of more than 350 speakers will delve into all sectors making up the renewables industry and discuss and debate all the key issues.

Jonathan Heastie, event director of Reed Exhibitions, said: “We’ve a compelling two days lined up for the industry.

“Bringing together all the renewable-energy sectors, each year, All-Energy provides an unparalleled opportunity to see the latest cutting-edge solutions, hear about policy and technology developments, source new partners and suppliers, participate in networking events…and keep up-to-date with developments within the industry.

“What’s more, all elements of All-Energy are free to attend for all with a professional interest in renewables and business energy efficiency.”

All-Energy co-founder Judith Patten said the speaker line-up was a “dream team”.

She added: “Our wave and tidal and onshore and offshore wind sessions provide superb updates on the opportunities and challenges facing the industry from scene setting presentations by key stakeholders to technological break-throughs.”

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