Renewable Energy Conference

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HYDROPOWER, BIOGAS, WIND power and all other forms of renewable energy will be on the agenda of a ground-breaking conference at Harper Adams University College next month.

The Renewable Energy Opportunities Conference will be held at Harper Adams' Shropshire campus on Tuesday, September 23, 2003.

It will give landowners from across the West Midlands and the Marches an opportunity to find out about the latest technology and, advise them on opportunities to diversify into, or adapt for their own use, renewable energy sources.

Conference Organiser Dr Richard Byrne, a senior lecturer at Harper Adams University College, said many visitors would be surprised at how small some renewable energy installations could be.

"Sources of renewable energy are wide-ranging and can use natural resources such as wind, water, biomass, biogas and others. Look on your doorstep and you will probably find a number of renewable energy sources - sun, straw, slurry, wind and woodchips.

"A small micro-hydropower installation could be run from a fast flowing stream and provide enough electricity for a workshop to run.

Renewable energy technologies promise to deliver great things."

The conference will look at the key areas of biogas, wind, hydropower and energy crops, advising delegates on the issues of regulation and compliance.

It will also provide an opportunity to put direct questions to experts from each sector.

Amongst the organisations present will be the Department of Trade and Industry, discussing governmental renewable energy policy and the Marches Energy Agency, discussing how small producers of renewable energy can sell into the national grid. …