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Two-day show heralds new era for farm energy sector

January 30, 2020 by  
Filed under News & Business

A new era for the renewable energy sector will be ushered in next month when the Energy and Rural Business Show opens its doors for the first time on the outskirts of Peterborough.

The two-day event – run in association with NFU Energy and the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) – will highlight environmentally friendly renewable energy opportunities. It takes place on 3-4 March at the East of England Showground.

East of England Agricultural Society chief executive Jeremy Staples said: “We’re in the heart of a strong agricultural area and we’re sure this move will attract many farm businesses looking for the latest advice and guidance in a time of great opportunity.”

The event seeks to provide ideas and guidance on renewable energy generation and effective energy and carbon management – showcasing new technologies and services from expert speakers and exhibitors from across the renewables sector.

Conference

The Energy Now Expo conference is one of the main attractions at the show. It will explore the challenges facing the continued growth of the renewables industry. It will also look at ideas and guidance on renewable energy generation and effective energy and carbon management.

New sessions for 2020 include a presentation on ways to identify and maximise the value of agri-outputs and waste streams; energy and environmental management; and an open forum for anaerobic digester plant owners to learn ways to optimise and enhance their assets.

Sessions include a talk on ways to review their assets and pull together a business plan. It will be presented by CLA chief surveyor Andrew Shirley; and Indra Thillainathan, senior analyst for agriculture and land use for the Committee on Climate Change.

NFU Energy project engineer James Wayman will deliver a presentation on effective farm energy efficiency measures. Meanwhile, Renewable Energy Association chief executive Nina Skorupska will talk about prospects for the UK’s low carbon energy sector post-Brexit

Lucy Hopwood, director of the National Non-Food Crops Centre, will speak about the best way to secure a return from waste and agri output streams. Similarly, Innovation for Agriculture head of soil and water Stephen Briggs will give a presentation on soil carbon management.

An Energy Now Expo exhibition will feature showcases from renewable energy management companies and advisors. A special test track will give visitors the opportunity to try out a number of low emission vehicles (LEVs).

Electric vehicles

The LEV theatre will feature sessions on what is a rapidly growing sector. The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) and Cenex will give talks on autonomous machinery and precision farming – and ways to become part of the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging network.

The exhibition will showcase some of the latest LEV’s and machinery suitable for rural businesses, with new product launches on the cards this year, and ranges of farm vehicles, passenger vehicles and commercial trucks.

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