AgriEnergy 2014, the renewable and energy efficiency conference and exhibition, specifically tailored for the agricultural sector, took place at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, recently.
Cllr Bill Howatson, chair of NESAAG & Aberdeenshire council, opened the conference on the Thursday morning with an opening address which commented on the potential the Scottish agricultural sector has in relation to renewable technology.
NFUS president Nigel Miller, gave the keynote address on the second day of the conference and commentedon the ever changing sector of agri energy and the benefit of the event to the industry.
“It is clear Scottish farmers are ready to move on the next level in farm-based energy generation and this event gives them access to the expertise and technology capable ofdelivering better energy yields and payback on investment.”
Aberdeenshire Council, NFUS and Scottish Land & Estates all supported the event, which is in its second year at the Thainstone Centre, ANM Group headquarters; which organised the event, in conjunction with Aberdeenshire Council.
Event sponsors were VG Energy & GasData, who both took part in the conference which ran throughout the two-day event.
Over 20 trade stands enjoyed the event which had footfall from the busy spring market days at the Thainstone Centre.
Speakers at the conference ranged from a variety of companies and initiatives including Forster Group, VG Energy, Lombard, James Hutton Institute, RBS and SAC Consulting to name a few.
The topics were split into 6 sessions including Wind energy, Solar & Hydro, Biomass, Energy efficiency, finance & funding and future farming.
The conference saw highlights including the future and farming session and the interactive panel session which ended the conference.
Questions were taken from the audience and directed at the panel and speakers alike,