City hosts conference on renewable enery

Guest speaker: Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker examines a scale model of an under sea turbine.
Guest speaker: Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker examines a scale model of an under sea turbine.
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Companies aiming to grow in the low carbon and renewable energy sector are being invited to a two-day conference in Sheffield.

Rexpo is the brainchild of business development and communication specialists Square 5 and efficiency, quality and sustainability experts Think Zero UK.

They have joined forces with The Blue Shed venue in the Lower Don Valley to organise the event which is due to take place at the same time as Sheffield hosts MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival.

Speakers will include Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker, Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership chairman James Newman and representatives from Sheffield-based green energy generation and storage specialist ITM Power and Able UK, which plans to turn the south bank of the Humber into a marine energy park.

Rexpo’s organisers say the low carbon and renewable energy marketplace is projected to be worth £4 trillion by 2015.

James Newman said: “Renewable and low carbon energy is a key sector and I am delighted that an industry led initiative is happening within this region.

“The Sheffield LEP is proud to play their part in Rexpo and I hope it inspires regional companies to get on board.

“Renewable energy is playing a pivotal role in rebalancing the UK economy and the event will demonstrate our region’s passion, ability and expertise within this sector.”

Mark O’ Reilly, Director of Square 5 Ltd added: “This is a great opportunity for businesses across the UK to attend an industry led exhibition and to listen to significant industry speakers.

“The networking element of the event is invaluable to these companies and we’re striving to make this a key feature of the event.”

Rexpo starts on Tuesday, September 18 with discussions about the latest developments in marine energy, biomass, onshore and offshore wind, nuclear, carbon capture and storage and other green energy fields.

The second day will focus on discussing the Green Deal, the Government’s scheme to make the nation’s homes more energy efficient, which is due to be launched in October. Speakers will include representatives of Carillion Energy Services and Stroma.

Carillion Energy Services is the UK’s largest supplier of heating and renewable energy, while Stroma provides a range of services, including the training and certification of of energy assessors and installers, carrying out building performance assessments and testing, and the improvement and maintenance of building services and fabric.