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The Energy Event 2011

With a 10-year history, The Energy Event has grown to be one of the largest energy exhibitions and conferences in Europe. Taking place on the 13th – 14th September 2011 at the Birmingham N.E.C., it is the only event dedicated to energy procurement, management and efficiency.

Supported by the leading industry associations and organisations, this year’s event will provide the UK’s largest customer-led seminar programme free of charge and will address the key issues of energy availability, affordability and sustainability. Here, Electrical Products looks at the latest news about the event.

The Energy Event is aimed at all businesses who want to get a grip on their energy use, comply with legislation and procure energy more intelligently. It brings together all of the major energy suppliers and brokers in the UK under one roof as well as presenting the largest seminar programme of its kind in the UK. Visitors have the opportunity to meet exhibitors, learn from industry experts and be inspired by end user led case studies from companies such as Marks & Spencer, Travis Perkins, Polyflor, BT, Arup, BASF and the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Providing a forum for debate and discussion of the biggest issues affecting energy pricing, risk, and the reduction of carbon at the Energy Event is the Energy Insight Conference which brings together leading experts and commentators in the fields of economics, climate change, energy policy and security, the nuclear industry, demand management and carbon reduction.

Day one of the Energy Insight Conference will be chaired by BBC Radio 4’s Today programme presenter, John Humphrys, who, during his career as an award-winning journalist, has worked as a foreign correspondent, political interviewer, author and newspaper columnist, and is no stranger to the global issues debated on energy. Using an informal, “chat-show” format, John will chair discussions with key European energy industry figures on topics such as electricity market reform, energy pricing and the prospects for nuclear energy.

Also on day one, leading UK business woman, Karren Brady will join as guest speaker on the topic of ‘Effecting Change’ in business. As an inspirational leader and influential business woman with proven results in revolutionising businesses, Karren Brady is well placed to deliver this presentation which will look at how to positively influence organisational change, beginning at boardroom level, in relation to energy management.

Guest speaker on day two of the Energy Insight Conference is Lord Digby Jones, author of the recently published book ‘Fixing Britain’ and known as the “face” of UK business. Lord Jones’ presentation is entitled ‘Putting Britain at the heart of global change’ and he has been invited to discuss his opinions on the need for UK business to promote a culture of innovation and readiness in order to adapt for the changes required in the move toward a low-carbon society.

Also on day two is Professor David Mackay, the Chief Scientific Advisor of the Department of Energy & Climate Change, who will give a presentation called ‘What part do major energy users have to play in creating a low carbon, sustainable future?’ Professor MacKay believes that what the climate-change discussion needs is clear, simple numbers, so that we can understand just how big our challenge is, and not be duped by wishful thinking. His book on the subject (Sustainable Energy - Without The Hot Air: David MacKay, UIT Cambridge, 2009) has received endorsements from all sectors and from all political parties.

Other speakers in the line-up for the Energy Insight Conference include: Hugh Jones, MD of the Carbon Trust who will talk about ‘Target setting and an introduction to the Carbon Trust Standard’; Volker Beckers, CEO, RWE npower, who will give a presentation entitled: ‘Addressing the energy gap – which fuels will become prevalent and how will carbon taxes affect this mix?’; Sara Vaughan, Director of Regulation and Energy Policy, E.ON will talk about ‘Cleaner and better energy’; Dr Craig Lowrey, Consultant, for The Utilities Exchange Ltd will discuss ‘Peak oil – and the correlation to energy pricing. How will shale gas affect the UK?’ David Smith, Chief Executive of the Energy Networks Association will present ‘Energy security: How will networks need to adapt in line with increased energy demand? Which strategy will lead to the best environment for secure energy supply?’

The second conference stream at the event is the Energy Information Theatre, which offers a unique opportunity for energy professionals to hear case studies and reports from peers. Supported by key industry associations and organisations, the sessions are practical, learning-based and provide insights into the best practices and techniques, focussing on your specific needs within the sector.

Speaking on day one of the event in the Energy Information Theatre, Dr. Martin Blake of Carbon Zero Solutions will give a presentation entitled: ‘Strategies for designing an effective carbon reduction strategy for your organisation’.

On day two, independent energy management consultant Vilnis Vesma will give a seminar titled, ‘Not saving but drowning – product neutral strategies for filtering huge volumes of monitoring data’, which is suitable for anyone charged with saving energy in the workplace. The presentation will demonstrate strategies for extracting information from energy data with a view to identifying hidden, avoidable, excess consumption as a routine weekly management task. It will show a simple time-saving trick for prioritising exceptions and novel ways of presenting overviews of large volumes of automatic meter readings.

Sessions on the afternoons of both days, will be hosted by the Major Energy Users’ Council (MEUC) and will cover topics including understanding efficiency in relation to water, energy and gas, low carbon incentives & legislation, energy security, energy monitoring & management, managing energy risk, employing an energy broker, and highlighting who will benefit from the ‘Green Deal’. On day one the afternoon session combines presentations on ‘Managing Your Future Carbon Emissions’ and day two focuses on ‘Purchasing Your Future Energy Requirements’. Companies such as Marks & Spencer, npower, Certification Europe and Celanese AG are all involved along with the MEUC in delivering these practical elements during the MEUC afternoon sessions.

Throughout the two day event, a number of exhibitors will be showcasing their latest products at their stand, giving you the opportunity to know all the products ins and outs before everyone else. Representatives from each company will be at their stand ready to answer any questions you may have on their products or the company itself.

Exhibitor Atlas Copco Compressors will be unveiling its energy efficient air compressors and blowers and highlighting the performance and energy savings available when using fully integrated VSD technology. The company will also present its recently-launched 0% finance initiative designed to encourage investment in the latest energy-efficient compressed air solutions. Visitors to their stand can find out why a fully integrated VSD system provides optimum performance in terms of output and energy efficiency for rotary screw compressors and their ancillaries, when air demand is variable throughout the production process.

Also at the stand will be representatives from Atlas Copco who will be available to talk about the company’s new finance scheme. Designed to encourage investment in energy-efficient compressed air solutions, Atlas Copco has launched its own 0% APR finance scheme for Atlas Copco equipment, providing a straightforward and affordable alternative to other such financing options. Their flexible scheme has no qualifying carbon assessment criteria, is available to everyone and not just SMEs, and offers a loan from £1000 upwards that can be taken out over a period of up to seven years.

In addition leading rotary vane compressor manufacturer Mattei, will be highlighting how businesses can improve the energy efficiency of their compressed air systems and will be offering advice and guidance at their stand on energy saving compressor technologies. Mattei offers a wide range of highly efficient compressors, including the Maxima range. These compressors have a high mechanical efficiency, using as little as an unrivalled 5.4kW of electricity to produce a cubic metre of air per minute. Mattei will also be highlighting the importance of looking at the energy efficiency of a complete compressed air system. This includes 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 type of pipework. Visitors to the stand will also be able to find out more about a range of related services, such as leak detection, heat recovery and compressed air system audits.

Showcasing their latest Jet Towel hand dryer will be Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, a recognised world leader in the manufacture, marketing, sales of electrical and electronic equipment. A Jet Towel dries hands in 10- 12 seconds, a third of the time of conventional hot air dryers, while using only one-fifth of the energy. This is because it is powered by an ultra-efficient high tech 560w brushless motor, rather than the 2400-2500w drive of a traditional unit. Adding to its money saving scheme the Jet Towel drier has an automatic turn off features and there is also no need for servicing as there is no need to constantly resupply it with paper or roller towels.

The event will also see three major products showcased by the market leader in lighting sensor technology, Steinel (UK) Ltd. The new Control PRO range of presence detectors and new ProLog lighting and occupancy measurement device will be available to view on at their stand. The company will also present its range of XLed floodlights as well its third-generation RS Sensor presence detectors. Both products are game-changers in the arena of energy management and demand reduction and Control PRO and PROLog are set to provide new clarity and efficiency in lighting controls.

Experts from Steinel will be at their stand throughout the two day exhibition to provide advice and guidance on ways in which sensor technology can unlock energy savings in lighting. The team is also able to provide information on its energy surveys service.

Other exhibitors at the event include: Acksen Ltd, who manufacture voltage & current dataloggers for industry. All of their products are "off the shelf" solutions, as opposed to bespoke; Black Box Intelligence, their Boiler Intelligence unit has several smart ways to save you money. It connects to your boiler to measure energy use, remove energy wastage and reduce the amount of gas you need and it’s so effective it will save you up to 25% on your gas bills; BSRIA Instrument Solutions, which provide all the answers to your energy monitoring needs by offering a comprehensive service, should you wish to purchase, hire or calibrate your own Instrumentation. They will be exhibiting a number of products including the state-of-the-art FLIR P series high resolution 640 x 480 pixel thermal imaging cameras which can help you trace anomalies in buildings or electrical services invisible to the human eye, and a range of Radio-Tech wireless data loggers ideal for evaluating the performance of a building; Carbon Friendly Lighting Ltd, a UK manufacturer of adapted conversion kits to convert all existing fluorescent fittings using T12 and T8 lamps to low energy T5, providing energy saving up to 70%; N E Technology Ltd, a manufacture of low energy LED lighting solutions. These replace fluorescent tubes, halogen, halide and mercury vapour lamps used in commerce and industry in private and public sector organisations. Savings can be up to 80% and are typically over 60% for fluorescent tube replacements, saving money and carbon dioxide emissions; Glamocell UK, a company committed to providing low energy costs and reduced carbon emissions through LED lighting solutions, either tailor-made or direct replacement, at highly competitive prices; Powerstar, their voltage optimisation units work to significantly reduce electricity consumption and associated CO2 emissions. Each unit is custom wound to specific site requirements and therefore offers unrivalled efficiency and savings.

The Energy Event is sponsored by British Independent Utilities (BIU), a world class systems-based utility consultancy that specialises in large multi-location portfolios, and will be available to advise visitors on how to position their organisation’s energy strategy to keep costs low and reduce energy risk.

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