Green energy companies seek export orders

Seven companies are bidding for business on an Invest Northern Ireland stand at the All Energy 2009 show in Aberdeen this week. A further four companies have also been assisted by Invest NI to visit the event, the UK’s biggest renewable energy exhibition, which opened today.

The two-day All-Energy exhibition and conference covers all sources of renewable energy and the policy, challenges and opportunities facing the industry. The Northern Ireland group is representative of the fast growing green technology sector and includes specialists in solar, marine, wind and biomass technologies.

The event features the latest trends and research on green energy sources including wind (onshore and offshore); wave and tidal; fuel cells and hydrogen; hydropower; low carbon buildings and microgeneration; biomass for heat and/or power; public sector renewable schemes; and sustainable transport. The event also offers companies extensive access to export opportunities.

Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI’s Trade Director, commenting on the Northern Ireland presence at the show, said: “As our participation at All-Energy demonstrates, Northern Ireland has a developing cluster of smaller companies in particular now focusing on green technology products and expert services, a business opportunity that is growing rapidly and will continue to gather momentum in local, national and international markets.

“We recognise the potential of the local green technology sector and have been focusing resources on practical support that will accelerate its growth particularly in terms of business outside Northern Ireland.

“All Energy offers a true one-stop shop for all companies eager to find out about the latest state of play on virtually all elements of renewable and sustainable energy. The associated conference will provide an important insight for companies on future technologies and opportunities for their knowledge and expertise.”

Hundreds of exhibiting companies from a dozen countries will be involved in the exhibition and conference. The event also includes a giant networking evening and technical tours.

Export opportunities could also flow from an initiative by UK Trade and Investment and DECC UK Renewables to bring 100 international delegates from 29 countries to the event. Taking part in this initiative are companies from South America, USA, Canada, Eastern and Western Europe, South and North East Asia and South Africa.

Substantial delegations are also attending from China, South Korea, Japan, Chile, Australia and the Philippines.

All Energy is now in its ninth year and is being organised in association with the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA), Scottish Renewables (SRF), Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), the Society for Underwater Technology, and Vattenfall as its principal sponsor.

The event is expected to attract around 5,000 delegates and almost 400 companies. It includes national pavilions from Austria, Canada, Denmark, Flanders (Belgium), and Norway and large regional pavilions from Aberdeen City and Shire; Fife, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Orkney, and Apulia (Puglia), in Italy.