AgriEnergy event is hailed a great success

The first AgriEnergy show held at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, has been hailed a success and is set to return next year.

Exhibitors and visitors were delighted by the event on April 25 and 26, organised by the ANM Group and aimed at farmers and landowners.

A day-long conference on the first day drew a healthy audience, who heard a wide range of presentations and case studies on wind and solar energy, anaerobic digestion,

biomass and hydro power. Stands in the exhibition hall were also busy.

Organiser John Gregor said: “We were delighted by the response to the event and exhibitors have told us they were pleased by the high quality of the inquiries they

received.

“We are now looking at holding the show again next year and broadening it to include other areas related to the industry.”

The event was organised with support from Aberdeenshire Council and the European Regional Development Fund. The mainline sponsors were Enviko, UKFM Renewable

Technologies and C&F.

Exhibitor and mainline show sponsor David Lewington, of UKFM Renewable Technologies, said the show and the venue had exceeded their expectations and the company had already signed up for next year.

He added: “We were able to identify a significant amount of potential projects within the North-east farming community at the show and are already beginning site visits to carry out initial assessments.”

Eric Wells, Aberdeenshire Council’s sustainable development officer (climate change), said from their perspective the show was a great success and he was already

looking forward to an even better event next year.

He added: “Farming is an important component of the North-east economy and renewable energy is vital to the economic sustainability of the sector. Farmers will

have to become smarter as to how they source and use energy to remain competitive. Getting AgriEnergy established in the farming calendar for the North is a big step forward.”