Greenspan exhibiting at renewable energy show aimed at farmers and landowners

Posted on 21 September 2012

The Greenspan Agency will be exhibiting at the inaugural Energy Now (Scotland) expo at The Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston on 26-27 September 2012.

We welcome all of our existing customers, as well as anyone interested in our services to come and see us on stand 39.

Please register to attend the exhibition here free to avoid a £5 charge on the day.

The conference costs £99 to attend per day, or £50 for members of NFU Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates or subscribers of Energy Now magazine.

Wednesday 26 September 2012

09:15 Chair Opening Address

Luke Borwick, Chairman, Scottish Land & Estates

09:30 Renewables & the environment – preserving the balance

Simon Pattullo, Water Specialist, Scottish Environment Protection Agency

10:15 Refreshment Break & Exhibition Viewing
10:45 Total Energy Management

Jim Campbell, Renewable Energy Team Leader & Senior Consultant, SAC Consulting
Jim will provide an overview of energy usage within a farm business. Where savings can be made, what opportunities there are to reduce the import of energy, recycle energy and generate energy on the farm. Consideration will also be given to potential markets for home produced energy beyond the FIT and supply to the grid.

 11:30 Financial Incentives – What’s happening?

Joe Fergusson, Microgeneration Consultant, Bell Ingram Ltd
The Feed-In Tariff scheme has evolved considerably since its launch in April 2010. This talk will clarify the current state of the scheme covering tariffs, eligibility criteria and how the degression mechanism operates in line with the actual take up. Secondly, it will do the same for the 10-month-old Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, giving the latest news on tariffs, metering and other eligibility and reporting issues, the latest proposals for the domestic RHI (if announced during September as expected), and also comments on how it could evolve based on the experience with the FiTs. It will also touch on the interface between these incentive schemes and the specialised sources of loan funding for renewable energy schemes.

12:15 Light Lunch & Exhibition Viewing
13:15 Hydropower Panel – group panel discussion with Q&A

  • ·An Overview of Scotland’s Hydropower

David Williams, Chief Executive, British Hydropower Association
A review of hydro development in Scotland with emphasis on present day potential and opportunities.


  • ·Risks Related to Investments in Hydro Schemes’

Dr Bob Middleton, Managing Director, TLS Hydro Power Ltd

Bob would like to discuss the risks associated with hydro developments


  • ·Owning a hydropower scheme – The Steps Involved

Andrew Bruce Wootton, General Manager, Atholl Estates


14:15 Solar Power Panel – group panel discussion with Q&A

  • ·Is Solar viable in Scotland?

Thomas Solle, Director, AVC Alternative Energy Ltd


  • ·Looking ahead

Ray Noble, Solar PV Specialist, REA


  • ·The Green Deal

Iver Salvesen, Assessor, Ecofitter


15:15 Refreshment Break & Exhibition Viewing
15:45 Biomass Panel – group panel discussion with Q&A

  • ·Biomass – Scotland’s Unlocked Potential

Cameron Maxwell, Business Development Advisor, Forestry Commission Scotland


  • ·Using Biomass as a fuel

Jamie Williamson, Owner, Alvie & Dalraddy Estates


  • ·Which Boiler?

Richard Spray, Managing Director, Pentland Biomass

16:45 Conference Close
17:30 Exhibition Close


Thursday 27 September 2012

 09:15 Chair Opening Address

Nigel Miller, President of the National Farmers Union Scotland

09:30 How to Fund Farm-Scale Renewables. An EU Perspective

Alyn Smith MEP, full member of the European Parliament’s Agriculture & Rural Development Committee and the sole Scots member of the European Parliament’s Energy Committee

10:15 Refreshment Break & Exhibition Viewing
10:45 Storing renewable energy

Dr John Newton, Development Manager for Renewable Heat & Industrial Applications, ITM PowerAs more renewable power is integrated onto the electricity network, the challenge of bridging the gap between supply and demand grows ever more demanding. Electrolysis offers a proven route to convert intermittent power to hydrogen at high efficiency. Distributed electrolysers capable of rapid response can serve as demand side managed loads. The product hydrogen can be supplied to vehicles as a zero carbon fuel or injected into the natural gas network, repurposing existing infrastructure. This presentation will address technology and deployment models analysed by ITM Power in addition to hydrogen cost structures and the system compliance.


11:30 The benefits of a community led scheme

Eric Dodd, Head of Operations, Community Energy Scotland

12:15 Light Lunch & Exhibition Viewing
13:15 Biogas Panel – group panel discussion with Q&A

  • ·The Future of AD in Scotland

David Collins, Head of UK Biogas Group, Renewable Energy Association


  • ·Understanding digester feeding for health and yield

A practical and technical approach to operating an anaerobic digester.

Andrew Jenkins, Technical and Operations Manager, Zebec Biogas


  • ·The Financial Implications

John Scott Kerr, Sustainability & Bio Energy Consultant, Bidwells


14:15 Wind Panel – group panel discussion with Q&A

  • ·Windfall of Shortfall?

Rob Harrison, Head of Renewables, The Met Office

Rob will be discussing quantifying risks associated with using poor quality wind data and the ongoing research and development.
Rob will also explain the Met Office approach to developing site specific, long term wind climatology and the recommended approach for small and medium wind projects as well as a summary of benefits to all stakeholders

David Smith, Farmer, Skelmonae Windfarm Ltd

David will cover everything from the conception and planning stages to the construction and delivery. He will be providing an understanding on roads and turbine sites as well as all the knowledge he has gained from running a windfarm.


  • ·Selecting the right turbine
    Darren Bolton, Commercial Sales Manager, VG Energy



15:15 Refreshment Break & Exhibition Viewing
 15:45 Ground Source Heating Panel – group panel discussion with Q&A

  • ·Industry Overview

Jim Lofthouse, Technical Director, REC Renewable Energy Ltd


  • ·Identifying your heat source

Rory Kerr, Technical Sales, Ecoliving UK

The Ecoliving presentation will explain how a heat pump works and what sources of energy can be harnessed to provide a highly efficient heating system for commercial and domestic use. It will also feature case studies relevant to the agricultural sector.


  • ·Customer Case Study – Ground Source Heating in Action

Speaker tbc

16:45 Conference Close