LCRI at RenewableUK Cymru 2014
Post date: May 16, 2014
The LCRI, along with LCRI’s Environmental Sustainability Officer, and LCRI Marine, attended RenewableUK Cymru 2014 Conference and Exhibition in Cardiff City Hall on Thursday 1st May.
The conference was opened by Maria McCaffrey MBE, Chief Executive of RenewableUK, and the keynote speakers included The Right Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales, and Gareth Hall from the Anglesey Energy Island Programme.
The breakout sessions in the morning included talks on the challenges of financing renewable energy projects, with speakers discussing routes to market, crowd funding and investment. The second morning session discussed the need to widen the energy mix to include a wider range of technologies, and included a talk by Professor Stuart Irvine of LCRI’s SPARC team, presenting Wales as a Solar Powerhouse. It also explored biomass, micro hydro schemes, and the future of the National Trust.
The afternoon sessions covered smart energy and storage, and wind and tidal energy with speakers discussing the case for hydrogen, network solutions for a low carbon future, and self-powered buildings. They also presented details of community approaches to renewable energy, wind solutions, tidal energy resource assessment of the Irish Sea, and the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project.
The delegates were then free to visit the exhibition stands, which included the LCRI, the Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales, RenewableUK.
Claire Hobbs, LCRI’s Programme Manager said: “RenewableUK Cymru 2014 was a fantastic opportunity to showcase LCRI research and progress from the last 5 years. RenewableUK Cymru 2014 attracted a wide range of delegates, both from Wales and the rest of the UK. This allowed us to engage with industry, academic and government stakeholders, on a national platform, and to promote ourselves to a wider, global audience.
We were thrilled to see the Welsh Government’s continued support and commitment towards the renewable energy sector in Wales, and we look forward to working with them, and other partners in the future.“