NEREC 2010 announces strong conference and exhibitor line-up


NEREC 2010, the North European Renewable Energy Convention, which will be held in Lillestrøm, near Oslo, Norway this September28–29, has announced further details of its extensive speaker and exhibitor line-up.

HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, a well-respected champion of environmental initiatives, will open the conference with an address on renewable energy as a solution to our energy and climate challenges.

Further speakers of note include Norwegian Energy Minister Terje Riis-Johansen, who will address the topic of Norwegian energy policy and its links to EU directives; and Norwegian Trade and Industry Minister Trond Giske, who will provide his perspective on how to build a policy and framework for business growth in the green economy.

The conference has also confirmed prominent speakers from companies such as Statoil, Daimler AG (Germany), DnB NOR, NAREC, Ernst & Young, Energy Capital Management, SINTEF, Saevind, Fred Olsen, Dansk Fjernvarme, ECN Science, Technology and Society (the Netherlands), Heidelberg Sement, Global Cleantech Capital, Elkem Solar and more.

Across the two days of the conference, a full spectrum of renewables-related topics will be covered, including energy trading, smart cities, sustainable transportation and green start-ups.

Margaret Øvrum, Statoil executive vice president of Technology and New Energy, who will be a key speaker at the event, states: “Statoil’s commitment to developing renewable energy technologies to meet viable long-term energy demands is unwavering. I welcome the opportunity from NEREC to share with the industry details of our past experience, our work today and our future aspirations.”

On the exhibition side NEREC 2010 is equally well served, with large companies such as Statoil and Enercon presenting their renewables offerings alongside start-up companies of the likes of second-generation bioethanol producer Weyland.

Petter Bartz Johannessen, managing director of Weyland, states: “We are delighted to be at NEREC to showcase our technology which produces bio-ethanol from cellulose. The exhibition will give us the opportunity to meet high-quality attendees as well as view technologies and services from our industry peers.”

NEREC is being run alongside the Industrial Trade Fair (Industridagene), an exhibition with seminars considered the country’s most important trade fair for Norwegian industry.

An estimated 8,000 people are expected to attend the event.

Sidsel Forsang Stangebye, project coordinator for NEREC, concludes: “Our main watchwords for the event are ‘learn, act, grow’. We hope and believe that we have brought together in a single forum a conference and exhibition that helps all attendees to achieve this through a diverse and comprehensive program of activities.”