Energy event 2011 08 August 2011
The upcoming Energy Event promises a packed agenda focused on optimising energy management, procurement and efficiency. Laura Cork reports
Since it was established 10 years ago, The Energy Event has grown into one of the largest energy exhibitions and conferences in Europe. As well as showcasing the wares of leading suppliers of equipment and services, the event on 13 and 14 September will also feature a seminar programme focused on the key issues of energy availability, affordability and sustainability.
There are two educational streams – the headline Energy Insight Conference and the Energy Information Theatre. Looking first at the Energy Insight Conference, delegates will find industry pundits covering disciplines that range from economics to climate change, energy policy and security, as well as the nuclear industry and carbon emissions reduction.
On day one, the conference will be chaired by BBC Radio 4 presenter John Humphrys, who will front discussion involving European energy industry figures in an informal chat-show format. Topics promised include electricity market reform, energy pricing and the prospects for nuclear energy. Also on day one, leading UK businesswoman Karren Brady will speak on the important topic of effecting change in relation to energy management, looking at how to influence organisations, beginning in the boardroom.
Then on day two, Lord Digby Jones will share his opinions on the need for UK businesses to promote a culture of innovation and readiness for the move towards a low-carbon society. Other speakers lined up for the Energy Insight Conference include Hugh Jones, managing director of the Carbon Trust; nPower's chief executive Volker Beckers; and Sara Vaughan, director of regulation and energy policy at E-on; and professor David Mackay, chief scientific advisor at the Department of Energy & Climate Change. Mackay will give a presentation entitled 'What part do major energy users have to play in creating a low carbon, sustainable future?'
Meanwhile, the second conference stream, in the Energy Information Theatre, is about offering practical, learning-based sessions. Speaking on day one, for example, Dr Martin Blake of Carbon Zero Solutions will describe how to design an effective carbon reduction strategy. Then on day two, delegates can hear independent energy management consultant Vilnis Vesma, who will talk about how best to use available data – ideal for those responsible for saving energy in the workplace as he will cover simple time-saving tricks for prioritising exceptions, as well as novel ways of understanding large volumes of automatic meter readings.
As for the exhibitors at The Energy Event, visitors will find more than 150 – 25% of which are new to the event. They include EnergyQuote JHA, which will demonstrate its carbon trading desk for businesses participating in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. The firm's advisors will also be demonstrating services to assist energy buyers with developing risk management strategies, portfolio management and reporting, forecasting, energy contract management and carbon reduction.
Elsewhere, rotary vane compressor manufacturer Mattei will highlight how businesses can improve the energy efficiency of compressed air systems. Its team will be offering guidance on energy-saving technologies, and highlighting the importance of looking at the efficiency of a complete system. The firm cites correct selection of equipment – looking at sizing of compressors and also whether they should be variable or fixed speed – as well as air receiver sizing and pipework type. Visitors to the stand will also be able to find out about leak detection, heat recovery and compressed air system audits.
Meanwhile, Endress+Hauser, which offers instrumentation and services primarily for the process industries, promises to show visitors how an expertly engineered energy management solution can help improve energy efficiency and reduce utilities bills by up to 15%.
Similarly, steam systems specialist Spirax Sarco says it will give advice on improving efficiency and reducing carbon emissions that could save plant managers thousands of pounds. Among products on display will be the firm's Targeted Variable Area (TVA) steam flowmeter – with its innovative cone design – and Super Insulated Vacuum Steam Line (SIVSL) for pipe insulation, due for public launch very soon.
Moving on, energy management firm t-mac Technologies says visitors can see its Virtual t-mac – which enables plants with existing BMSs (building management systems) to extract energy information, and hence cut costs – and the Weather Feed, which shows users local weather conditions.
And finally, sustainable energy business Ener-G will showcase several new products, including its new BMS, called E-Magine, and its RiskManager software, which delivers real-time risk management for flexible energy purchasing. In addition Ener-G's independent energy and carbon consultancy, CMR Consultants, is launching its Energy Kaizen programme, designed to deliver rapid reductions in energy consumption.
The Energy Event 2011
Register online at: at www.theenergyevent.com
Endress + Hauser Ireland Ltd
Mattei Compressors Ltd
Spirax Sarco Ltd
T-Mac Technologies Ltd
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