All presentation slides can be found below linked to the speakers in the conference programme.
The conference day featured four interactive presentation sessions; initially setting the scene and discussing the challenges in rural Scotland; followed by details of the ASLEE project; the third session showcased other innovations in local energy economy and finally we examined policy and future opportunities with talks and a closing plenary.
The welcome and opening address by Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal at the University of Strathclyde was very well received. As too was the keynote presentation from Katherine White, head of the Energy and Climate Change Strategy Unit of the Scottish Government.
Participating organisations were; Scottish Government; Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Community Energy Scotland; Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre; Zero Waste Scotland; Local Energy Scotland; Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre; Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association; Blue Sky Bio ltd; Amec Foster Wheeler; Argyll and Bute Renewable Alliance; University of West of Scotland; Woodlands Renewables ltd-Ardnamurchan Estates; VCharge UK ltd; Sgurr Energy Ltd; Xanthella Ltd; Marine Environmental Research Laboratory- University of Stirling; Scottish Craft Distillers Association; International Centre of Brewing and Distilling -Heriot-Watt University; University of Strathclyde; Eden Campus – University of St Andrews; Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks; Argyll and Bute Council; Scottish Power Energy Networks; EWT Emergya Wind Technologies UK Ltd; Current2Current; Crubag;
Closing remarks and thanks was kindly delivered by Mr Jim Mather, former minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism (2007 – 2011) and visiting Professor at Strathclyde and Heriot-Watt universities.
|08.45 – 09.30||Registration and refreshments|
|09.30 – 10.00||Introduction by Carole Shellcock, Business Development, ALIEnergy
Welcome and Opening Address
Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal at the University of Strathclyde
Katherine White, Head of Energy and Climate Change Strategy Unit, Scottish Government
|10.00 – 11.15||Session 1.
The challenges of Scotland’s rural economy: setting the scene
Chaired by Douglas McKenzie, CEO, Xanthella Ltd
Angus Robertson, Senior Development Manager -Renewable Energy, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Philomena de Lima, Director of the Centre for remote and Rural Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands
Euan Norris, Scottish Power Energy Networks
Donald Fowler, Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre
Alan Wolstenholme, Professor at Heriot Watt University’s International Centre of Brewing and Distilling, and Chairman of Scottish Craft Distillers Association
|11-15 – 11.45||Networking and refreshments|
|11.45 – 13.00||Session 2.
The ASLEE project: the story so far
Chaired by Ian S Macfarlane
ASLEE project partners will present their work and discuss future developments
William Kelly, Ardnamurchan Estates
Ana dos Santos Vejrazka, Xanthella
|13.00 – 14.00||Networking lunch|
|14.00 – 15.15||Session 3.
Innovation in the rural energy economy
Chaired by: Alan Wolstenholme, Professor at Heriot Watt University’s International Centre of Brewing and Distilling, and Chairman of Scottish Craft Distillers Association
Mark Hull, Community Energy Scotland
Nigel Holmes, Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association
Sarah Sinclair, AMEC Foster Wheeler
Ian McGrath, Eden Campus, University of St Andrews
Stuart Galloway, University of Strathclyde
|15.15 – 15.45||Networking and refreshments|
|15.45 – 16.45||Session 4.
Policy and development opportunities for the future
Chaired by Jim Mather, Former Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism (2007 – 2011) and visiting Professor at Strathclyde and Heriot-Watt universities
Paul Hudman, Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre
Scott Bryant, Zero Waste Scotland
Jennifer Ramsay, Local Energy Scotland
|16.45 – 17.00||Summing up and Closing Remarks
Jim Mather, Former Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism (2007 – 2011) and visiting Professor at Strathclyde and Heriot-Watt universities
Closure and thanks
|From 17.00||Conference Drinks Reception|