All-Energy and the co-located Smart Mobility event – a magnet for engineers

With its four ‘pillars’ – renewable power, low carbon heat, energy efficiency, and low carbon transport - All-Energy, the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference, and the co-located Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS 2018), addresses opportunities, challenges and, importantly, innovative solutions.

With its four ‘pillars’ – renewable power, low carbon heat, energy efficiency, and low carbon transport -  All-Energy, the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference, and the co-located Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS 2018), addresses opportunities, challenges and, importantly, innovative solutions. The two packed days of conference sessions and 1-2-1 conversations on exhibition stands appeals every year to a very broad range of engineers and technical specialists.

This year with well over 400 speakers in the 60-session main conference, four day-long quick fire seminar programmes, the newly created theatre within the ‘Hydrogen Hub’, and  some 300 exhibiting companies, will certainly prove no exception. In 2017 total attendance at the two free-to-attend events was over 7,500.

“We have a truly stellar line-up,” explains Event Director, Jonathan Heastie from Reed Exhibitions who own and organise the duo of events. “Indeed, it is a veritable ‘who’s who’ of the industry in what is undoubtedly one of the industry’s biggest free of charge confereences seen anywhere in the world, something we are hugely proud to deliver.

“We are delighted to welcome Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland to the show to deliver a keynote address and visit the exhibition. Her presence will be backed by two of her Ministers also giving keynote addresses – Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy speaking on Thursday 3 May at 09.10 on the Energy Strategy he launched in December; and Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands, talking in the opening session of co-located SUMS 2018.

“That’s not where political involvement stops. Claire Perry MP, the UK’s Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, hopes to join us (diary permitting) on Thursday 3 May.


Plenary sessions set the scene

The plenary sessions that start each day’s proceedings set the scene with exceptional speakers. In the first day’s session, chaired by Keith Anderson, ScottishPower’s CEO, the First Minister will speak following the ‘Civic Welcome’ by Glasgow’s Lord Provost. Next, Shell UK’s Country Chair, Sinead Lynch will focus on energy transition; The Leader of Glasgow City Council will set the Glasgow scene; and Strathclyde University’s Professor Sir Jim McDonald will look back over the year’s achievements and predict more to come.

All-Energy’s close working relationship with Innovate UK then sees their Director - Clean Growth and Infrastructure, Ian Miekle, in conversation with Graham Oakes, Upside Energy’s Founder and Chief Scientist. Later in the day Innovate UK’s Clean Growth & Infrastructure Innovation Showcase aims to connect 36 innovators to investors, potential supply chain partners and new customers to drive forward their organisation’s and the UK’s clean growth.

Day 2’s plenary session (after Paul Wheelhouse MSP addresses the audience) asks “Electric free for all – anarchy or ecstasy? Will decentralised generation, digital disruption, decarbonisation of transport and customer choice bring benefit to the UK or our power system to its knees?’. Chaired by Lindsay McQuade, CEO ScottishPower Renewables it involves Dustin Benton, Policy Director, Green Alliance; Rt Hon Charles Hendry, Chair, Smart Power Industry Alliance; Matthew Knight, Head of Business Development, Power and Gas, Siemens plc; Charlotte Ramsay, Team Coordinator-FSO Programme, National Grid; and Dr Tim Rotheray, Director, Association for Decentralised Energy

It is not only in the plenary sessions that stars abound. In sessions devoted to every form of renewable generation, to low carbon heating, energy efficiency, and low carbon transport (through the medium of SUMS 2018) experts in their field will be looking at the latest developments and innovations.

There are sessions aimed at specific end-users too – farmers and landowners, those involved in community and local energy, specialists within local authorities; and with the essential links – finance and funding; and the grid also coming under the conference spotlight. There are sessions on energy storage; decarbonising industry; on carbon capture and storage; on sustainable and smart cities; disruptive technology; and international trade. For the first time there will be CPD accredited sessions for installers and for DNOs/IDNOs.

Once again the 1-2-1 ‘Meet the Buyers’ Share fair makes a welcome return to All-Energy. On the offshore wind side alone this sees EA3, Inch Cape, Neart na Gaoithe, Triton Knoll and the newly established Scottish Offshore Wind Supply Chain Forum all taking part along with the Department for International Trade eager to track down companies interested in the Indian transport sector. Other participants include TownRock Energy (geothermal); Ecotricity (construction of a virtual power plant project); EC-OG (in connection with their Subsea Power Hub); and Siemens Gamesa (third party labour and man power suppliers wanted).


The IET involvement with SUMS 2018

The IET/Energy Systems Catapult Future Power System Architecture programme (FPSA) comes under the conference spotlight in ‘Leveraging Flexibility in EV Charging’ which looks at system optimisation – managing network constraints, maximising low marginal cost generation, and minimising system balancing costs. The subject is currently seen as a priority by many stakeholders – including BEIS – especially given the Government announcement that legislation is to be introduced banning the sales of new ICE cars in the UK from 2040 (the Scottish Government has pledged to phase out new petrol and diesel cars and vans across Scotland by 2032). This is likely to have ramifications for public and private transport, and implications for the electricity sector, well before the deadlines.

The FPSA programme team, in collaboration with Ricardo, has established a broad set of Use Cases and developed these to a level of detail sufficient to draft a specification for a subsequent multi-stakeholder trial of Enabling Frameworks that would robustly test the sector’s capability to overcome barriers to the implementation of new functionality and ensure the delivery of relevant FPSA functions in a timely manner.

The FPSA programme therefore wishes to engage more widely with a broad set of stakeholders who:

  • Have explored or are involved with the forthcoming challenges and opportunities surrounding transformative change in the energy sector
  • Relate to the EV Use Case work and are keen to be involved in the development, establishment and exploitation of new functionality


This session will be the third in SUMS 2018. The first, including Humza Yousaf’s address, will look at policy and key issues and involve speakers from National Grid, ScottishPower, Transport Scotland, Glasgow City Council and the Energy Saving Trust with Shell’s Sinead Lynch as a panellist. The session before the FPSA one will consider ‘Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs)’; and on Day 2 attention will turn to ‘MAAS (Mobility as a Service) meets autonomy meets future powertrain for buses’; ‘Keep charging on: LCVs and fuelling the future – now!’; and ‘Getting smart: A lightning introduction to innovative smart technology’.

A selection of electric, hydrogen and smart vehicles will be displayed on the exhibition floor, including ‘Miss K’, the third in line of Shell’s UrbanConcept vehicles and the Westfield POD, a new incarnation of the Ultra vehicle currently in operation at Heathrow Terminal 5.


Major exhibition and networking opportunities

All four All-Energy pillars are reflected in the major exhibition with some 300 exhibiting companies and sector-specific trails to be followed, to which has been added the Innovation Trail.

“Visitors can start planning their visit to what is always a busy show with a tremendous sense of buzzy-ness and paticipants’ eagerness to do business, by using our sector-specific trails to locate the exhibitors on whose stands will be the solutions for which they are looking,” explains Jonathan Heastie.

“Onshore wind tops the list at the moment with 79 companies focusing on it; that is closely followed by offshore wind with 63 exhibitors opting to be on that particular trail. Energy efficiency is currently in third place with 59 companies; solar and wave and tidal (marine renewable energy in the conference) are hard on its heels in joint fourth position with 58 organisations listed, with energy storage, seen by many as the ‘holy grail’, not far behind on 54.


“This year we have introduced two free guided tours to help Heat and Energy Efficiency buyers explore All-Energy more efficiently. Other introductions include networking opportunities for farmers and local authority officials; and an investors’ breakfast bringing entrepreneurs and investors together.


“Naturally we couldn’t hold All-Energy without its acclaimed Giant Networking Evening. This along with the Civic Reception generously hosted by the Lord Provost of the City of Glasgow takes place once again at the Glasgow Science Centre and is open to all visitors, exhibitors and members of the press attending the duo of shows.”


Strong support

Shepherd and Wedderburn is All-Energy’s headline sponsor. Other sponsors include the Crown Estate Scotland, Element Power, Innovate UK, ScottishPower Renewables, and WPO. All-Energy is supported by a significant number of trade associations, government departments, professional bodies and learned societies, and is held in association with the Renewable Energy Association; Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Scottish Enterprise; Innovate UK; Sustainable Glasgow; and the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), with Glasgow as its Host City, and the Society for Underwater Technology as Learned Society Patron.  All-Energy is a supporter of The Year of Engineering.


Further information and online registration

Full information on all aspects of All-Energy and SUMS 2018 and free online registration are at www.all-energy.co.uk and www.smarturbanmobilitysolutions.com.

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