The Renewable Energy Business Network – Ren Net – will visit Aberdeen in Scotland tomorrow Tuesday 20th May to view a district heating system in operation in Hill of Banchory Biomass Energy Centre and attend the ALL Energy Conference and Exhibition in Aberdeen, Scotland.

The REN NET project is being delivered through Cross Border partnership, led by the North West Region Cross Border Group (NWRCBG). The partnership works together to develop the North West Region and is comprised of Derry City Council, Limavady Borough Council, Magherafelt District Council, Donegal County Council and Strabane District Council.  Donegal County Council is the Lead implementing Council for this particular project. The REN NET project is part funded by the European Union European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the INTERREG IVA Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).  The project lifetime is 39 months, commencing on 1 March 2012 and will complete on 31 May 2015.

The Hill of Banchory Biomass Energy Centre and District Heating Network is widely recognised as a pioneering scheme in Scotland. Owned and operated by local energy company HOBESCO, the woodchip fuelled boilers provide renewable heating and hot water to the growing Hill of Banchory Community.  Wood fuel is sourced locally from sawmill co-product half a mile away and from specially grown SRC Willow, an Energy Crop managed by HOBESCO, contributing to total project carbon savings of more than 3,000 tonnes a year. The Energy Centre is designed to sustainably meet the needs of the current existing and planned residential, commercial and community buildings, including a proposed leisure centre, as well as leaving capacity within the building for future housing in the area, as set out in Aberdeenshire Council’s Local Development Plan.

Aberdeen is world-famous for its expertise in offshore oil and gas production. Those skills are transferable to offshore renewables. They are now adding a third component – a hydrogen economy.  It is a crucial step towards Aberdeen becoming a world-leading, smart energy city. Hydrogen is an increasingly important source of clean energy, offering a low carbon solution. A fleet of 10 hydrogen fuel cell buses will be fully operational in Aberdeen by the end of 2014 and participants at All-Energy will get a first-look of the new fleet which will be parked the show.

The ALL Energy Conference and Exhibition attracts approx 8000 visitors from 48 countries and has 350 industry speakers in 56 world-class conference sessions.  Over 600 companies from 17 countries exhibit at the show.

The Conference is the UK’s largest renewable energy exhibition and conference which is being held at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), 21-12 May.  It brings together high-quality, relevant industry professionals from around the world to do successful business.  There are dedicated sector trails for everything from Solar Energy to Wave & Tidal, Renewable Heat to Offshore Maintenance.  Check out www.all-energy.co.uk  for more details.

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