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Welsh Companies Showcase Wales’ Offering to the International Renewable Energy Sector

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A Welsh delegation will be attending All-Energy, the UK’s largest renewable energy event, taking the crème of the nation’s expertise and services to an international audience.

Eight Welsh businesses will attend the annual industry event which takes place 10 – 11 May 2017 in Glasgow and provides the renewable energy sector with unique networking and business development opportunities.

With expertise and innovation in renewable energy, the businesses will be showcasing the strength of the supply chain in Wales and demonstrating how the country is in prime position to continue developing as a sector thanks to its unique natural resources.

Over 16 countries will be represented at the conference which brings together buyers from the bioenergy, solar, offshore and onshore wind, hydropower and wave and tidal sectors, as well as those involved in energy storage, heat, low carbon transport and sustainable cities solutions.

Tim James from the Port of Milford Haven is one such exhibitor. He said:

“The Port of Milford Haven is the UK’s largest energy port. As such, we are delighted to be part of the Welsh delegation to All Energy UK and anticipate some interesting discussions about recent and upcoming industry developments. Our focus at the show will be to demonstrate Wales’ strengths, especially through utilisation of its ports, in the marine renewable sector. It’s a country with the right natural resources, the right skills in the supply chain and the right infrastructure. We’ll also be talking about the role that Pembroke Dock Marine, one of the eleven projects receiving funding through Swansea Bay City Deal, can play in driving the commercialisation of marine energy.”

Kathryn Lloyd, commercial director at utilities infrastructure consultancy UCML in Wrexham, said:

“We’ll be exhibiting UCML’s services on the Welsh Government stand and we want to use All-Energy as an opportunity to raise awareness of our services, establish new contacts, and do Wrexham, north Wales and the Welsh Government proud. We have never attended before but are very much looking forward to it. We are proud to be a growing Welsh business and hope to showcase what Welsh businesses have to offer the UK economy. We know that UCML have saved their clients over £50 million in the last 10 years.”

Anthony Winney from Wrexham-based planning and environmental specialists Atmos Consulting will also be exhibiting. He said:

“We have operated from our Mold office for over ten years and we want to be seen as an enabler of Welsh Government’s strategy for energy development. We have recently successfully supported a number of energy projects in Wales including a 24.6 MW 12 Wind turbine Tirgwynt development in Powys for our client Belltown Power and we also supported the 45 mw Shotwick Solar Park adjacent to the Deeside Industrial Estate. We have also been appointed to deliver ecological support during site preparation works to facilitate the construction of a new nuclear power plant at Wylfa Newydd, Anglesey ahead of a planning application being submitted.”

Wave Hub Ltd will be showcasing the Pembrokeshire Demonstration Zone, a new wave energy site located off the South Pembrokeshire coastline for which Wave Hub Limited is the seabed leaseholder. Helen Wilson-Prowse, head of business services for Wave Hub Ltd, said:

“The purpose of the Pembrokeshire Demonstration Zone is to enable technology developers to deploy and test multi-device arrays of wave energy converters, to generate up to 100MW of green electricity from the sea, and to act as a catalyst in the establishment of a centre for marine energy production in Wales.  To help showcase the complete Welsh Marine Energy offer it is vital, as the only leased site for wave energy devices in Welsh waters. By showcasing the PDZ it will help make investment in the demonstration of wave energy technology in Welsh waters more attractive and prepare the ground for long term private investment in wave energy.”

Magnus Matsson, Communications Manager for Minesto said:

“We are at All-Energy this year to promote our unique technology and our ground-breaking project in North Wales. We will do this both as speakers and by participating at the Welsh Government’s Energy Wales Unit exhibition stand. The backing that we have had from the Welsh Government in our Holyhead Deep project in Anglesey really shows its ambition to support industrial innovation. To make Wales a global leader for sustainable energy, industry and public players need to join forces on several levels. Participating at All-Energy as part of the Energy Wales mission is a concrete example of what we can do to draw further interest and, hopefully in the end, more investments into the Welsh renewable energy sector. We are also looking forward to create and enhance relations with industrial players, public and private stakeholders and supply chain actors both in the tidal energy industry as well as in a wider renewable energy perspective.”

Grant Brackley, Commercial Director of battery supplying and testing company NIBS Ltd based in Llanymynech, said;

“NiBS provide battery solutions for many applications including lithium and conventional lead acid products. We are involved in energy storage schemes which many end users are looking at for both load levelling and to be able to save over capacity and sell it or use it later. The new interest in larger energy storage systems, has given us a new opportunity to explore at Energy UK.”

The full list of Welsh companies attending are: Atmos Consulting; Marine Energy Wales; Marine Power Systems; Minesto; NIBS; Port of Milord Haven; UCML and Wave Hub.