The North West Cross-Border Energy Show

The Renewable Energy Support Programme in Association with Arigna LEADER and WREAN are proud to present the Renewable Energy Support Programme – Energy Conference and Trade Fair 2007. This entirely free event is taking place in the Food Hub, Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September. This event is part-financed by the European Union through the Interreg IIIA Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by the ICBAN Partnership. Developed as an overarching Energy Show it will offer information on everything from Renewable Energy to Waste Management, from Sustainable Transport to Energy Efficiency. For anyone who has been contemplating either saving energy in their home or indeed installing a renewable technology, then the Energy Show is not to be missed.     The Energy Show kicks off on the Saturday at 11am with doors open to the Trade Exhibition area, this area offers 42 stands from energy companies throughout Ireland, North and South. Items of interest will include demonstration models of Biomass Boilers, Small Wind Turbines, Heat Pumps and Solar Panels. The Exhibition area is open throughout the day from 11am to 5pm and again on the Sunday between the same times. Each exhibitor will have their products on show over the two day event and will be continuously on hand to discuss the associated costs, to provide a quotation or to assist with obtaining a relevant grant.      The Food Hub offers the perfect venue for the event providing 650 square metres of blank space to develop up to 50 trade stands all under one roof. The venue has been specifically chosen due to its suitability for stand users to display their products in their specified space. The Food Hub is situated on the outskirts of Drumshanbo on the main Carrick-on-Shannon road. The event will be well signposted on the day and ample free parking will be provided on site. From 12 noon onwards on Saturday a number of presentations will be on offer on half hour intervals to the public. Saturday’s topics cover everything from Heat Pump technology through to Energy Efficiency in the home. The Saturday event will be compèred by Mr Richard Douthwaite, the contemporary economist who co-founded the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability (Feasta). Mr Douthwaite will also be providing a presentation during the day on ‘The Nuclear Question, is it the Answer?’, which will definitely prove to be a hot topic for debate.     On the Sunday Mr Duncan Stewart, famous throughout Ireland for his support of all things energy will take over the role of compère. The Sunday begins with a presentation by Mr John Gilliland OBE, the Northern Irish Commissioner for the Sustainable Development Commission. Mr Gilliland will be providing his engaging talk on the possibilities for Willow Farming in Ireland. John who has been a willow farmer for over 10 years provides the honest truth in relation to this topic and will definitely leave any farmer thinking about the viability of this method of diversification. Also to give the Sunday a family feel, at 1pm SEI will be providing a presentation specifically for children aged between 6 and 12 asking them if they are Energy Guzzlers? Worth noting also on Sunday is Mr Hugh Piggott, the father of self-build wind turbines who for the first time will be relaying his expertise in Ireland on small-scale wind turbines.    Throughout the two days attendees will have the opportunity to mix and match the presentations which they find interesting with the rest of their time spent viewing the energy trade fair. A finger buffet with tea/coffee and refreshments will be provided to everyone free of charge continually during the two day event.     This event has been specifically developed as a cross border energy fair and to further emphasise this, all literature has been developed bilingually, in both English and Irish text. The crew of ‘An Teach Glas’, the Energy Programme on TG4 will be on-site filming the event during the two days for their up coming series. This offers an interesting twist to the event as those attending with a good knowledge of the Irish language will be asked to wear a ‘Labhair Gaeilge liom’ badge and could be stopped in the crowd for their general views on the looming Energy Crisis in Ireland.    For further information on this event please visit or contact Arigna LEADER on +353 719646186.