The Power of 3: EBEC, Microgen and Nextgen

Three renewable energy events – EBEC, Nextgen and Microgen – are joining forces later this year, backed by a number of trade associations including the Renewable Energy Association (REA). Under 'The Power of 3', the three international events organised by Closer2 Media will be held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on 5-6 October 2011.

EBEC (European Bioenergy Exhibition and Conference) is the largest bioenergy event in the UK and this year will be held in conjunction with Microgen, serving the 50kW micropower generation community, and Nextgen, showcasing the future of renewable energy.

All three shows combined are expected to attract more than 200 UK and international exhibitors and over 3,000 visitors are expected to take advantage of free admission during both days. A two-day conference programme will offer delegates the chance to debate, learn and network with industry peers. Doors open on both days at 10am and close at 6pm.

REA CEO Gaynor Hartnell says: 'The Power of 3 which, with its free-of-charge parallel conference sessions and huge exhibition, will provide something for everybody. The Power of 3 is an event that should not be missed.'

'More than 100 leading speakers will deliver topical debate in a series of case study-led sessions. With over six practical and business conference theatres and a major keynote arena all located on the show floor, the conference provides a huge boost to visitor footfall for exhibitors,' adds Lucy Pitt, group marketing manager of Closer2 Media.

Now in its sixth year, EBEC provides an opportunity for those involved in the production of bioenergy to make direct contact with each other and visitors who are interested in harnessing energy derived from biological sources within their organisation. The 2011 event will highlight many bioenergy solutions such as biogas, biomass, biofuel and fuel from waste sectors.

The REA will contribute towards the wide-ranging bioenergy conference this year, and CPD accredited seminars will look at the latest UK government schemes to support and promote development of the biotechnology sector and adoption of renewable energy.

Guest speakers include Schmack Biogas, Envitec Biogas, UTS Biogas, Poyry, Biomass Energy Centre, Myriad Biomass and UK waste management company Biffa. Additionally, the National Farmers Union and the Carbon Trust will be present.

Key sessions include crop use for biogas plants and the increasingly important use of biofertiliser as a replacement fertiliser in anaerobic digestion biogas production. Papers will also highlight new gasification technologies, ways to connect to the grid and ways to combat new build or retro fit challenges.

EBEC will additionally host a drinks reception for extended business networking on Wednesday evening.

For more information, please visit http://www.ebec.co.uk

Microgen is a UK event dedicated to the fast growing microgeneration sectors of solar, biomass, small wind, micro hydro as well as ground and air source heat pumps. The show will bring together manufacturers, distributors, contractors, installers and customers of micro renewable technologies under one roof.

The show has teamed up with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) as well as the Renewable Energy Assurance Limited (REAL) scheme, the Solar Trade Association (STA), the Micropower Council and the Energy Institute as education partners.

Solar panel installers such as Wagner, Schletter and Natec, will be exhibiting at the show. Ploughcroft Solar will join them.

Solar panel installers and other visitors will benefit from the MCS Live Theatre, a two-day MCS-run seminar programme providing information on earning accreditation as well as vital updates for existing installers and registered companies. There will be keynote presentations by the Micropower Council, National Grid and British Gas, as well as the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Presentations will incorporate an in-depth analysis of the UK solar photovoltaic (PV) market, the latest on the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme, ways to obtain planning approvals first time around, the adoption of smart metering and an update on schemes making it easier to fund solar PV installations.

Besides a focus on solar photovoltaic technology, Microgen will focus on small-scale power production in wind, hydro and heat pump technologies too.

For more information, please visit www.microgenexpo.co.uk

Nextgen is focussed exclusively on the future of energy generation and dedicated to emerging technologies such as fuel cells, advanced gasification, pyrolysis and algae fuel.

The seminar programme features speakers from The UK's National Centre for Biorenewable Energy, Fuels and Materials (NNFCC), UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), global oil giant Exxon and Irish bioenergy firm Clearpower.

Nextgen will not only be the place to network with R&D scientists and engineers, but will also be advantageous for industry officials seeking to learn more about early stage technology developments and for start-up ventures hoping to attract investment.

For each day of the show, Nextgen will present 10 new energy generation concepts and business ideas in a series of pitches to a panel of experts.

For more information, please visit www.nextgenexpo.co.uk

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