Biomass Energy Centre and Urban Regeneration and Greenspace Centre at the recent Sustainabilitylive! Exhibition
News from Forest Research: July 2008
Forest Research’s Biomass Energy Centre (BEC) and Urban Regeneration and Greenspace Centre (URGC) were on centre stage at the recent Sustainabilitylive! Exhibition, hosted within the cavernous National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. The exhibition included over 450 organisations from the regeneration, energy, water and sustainable technology sectors and was held over three days in late May.
The BEC provides a one-stop shop offering advice and guidance on a wide range of biomass fuels and conversion technologies. BEC staff are keen to continue to develop links with other organisations, so that when they receive specialist enquiries that they can’t answer directly, they “know someone who can”. This year, they were joined on the stand by staff from Forest Research’s soon-to-be-launched URGC, which will provide a similar service in the area of urban regeneration and greenspace.
Both BEC and URGC were kept busy answering queries, distributing literature and taking details of people interested in joint working. Geoff Hogan, who handles many of the enquiries to BEC, was very pleased with the number and level of queries. He comments that:
“The growing interest in biomass energy was reflected by the increase in renewable energy companies at the exhibition and many enquires were more sophisticated and detailed than in previous years. It is clear that the BEC is recognised as a source of objective expert advice”.
The stand was completed by a co-ordinated array of displays explaining the work of the Forest Research Divisions and the eye-catching Forest Research sails that enabled the stand to be seen from across the crowded exhibition halls. The free rowan trees – parcelled up in Forest Research-labelled brown paper carrier bags – proved to be popular and frequently remarked upon giveaways.
Many very promising contacts were made and the Forest Research staff who attended the show are now following up on leads, forwarding on information, putting enquirers in touch with the relevant Forest Research expert and generally translating early interest into activity.