AREG NEWS: AREG Energy Futures – Vattenfall as Silver Sponsor

November 9, 2022
AREG NEWS: AREG Energy Futures – Vattenfall as Silver Sponsor

We are pleased to share that Vattenfall is supporting the AREG Energy Futures Conference and Exhibition at P&J Live on 15 November as a Silver Sponsor.

As part of the AREG Energy Futures Event, Dr. Catrin Jones, Vattenfall Head of Stakeholder and Community Engagement, will join the afternoon panel session on Scaling up Future Offshore Renewables. The session, which includes a panel of six industry leaders, will explore opportunities presented by the offshore wind sector including ScotWind and INTOG, as well as the future of the energy mix, among other subjects.

Vattenfall is one of Europe’s largest producers and retailers of electricity and heat with approximately 19,000 employees. For more than 100 years it has electrified industries, supplied energy to people’s homes and modernised how we live through innovation and cooperation. In the UK, Vattenfall operates 10 wind farms and are working on future projects that could provide enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 4 million homes. Vattenfall’s Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm (AOWF) started producing electricity in 2018 and currently displaces over 134,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.  It comprises 11 x 8.8MW Vestas wind turbines and is located off the coast of Aberdeen. The project invests in local communities via the Unlock the Future Fund which receives £150,000 per annum to support projects that look to the future and contribute to a climate smarter world. Vattenfall also works with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult to test new technology at the wind farm.

Alongside its partners, Vattenfall is taking on the responsibility to find new and sustainable ways to electrify transportation, industries, and heating. Since 2008, the company has been a partner in Scottish and UK Net Zero and decarbonisation ambitions; seeking to deliver fossil-free living within one generation whilst driving the transition to a more sustainable energy system. In May 2022, Vattenfall was awarded £9.3m in innovation funding from the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 fund by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The funding will be used to develop the world’s first hydrogen-producing offshore wind turbine, with the electrolyser sited directly onto an existing operational turbine at the AOWF. This project is in development and it is anticipated that production will begin in 2025.

Vattenfall is a European leader in the development, operation, and maintenance of offshore wind farms with more than 2GW in operation (enough to power more than 1.6 million homes), 1.5GW under construction and an ambition to install a further 15GW by 2030.

We are grateful to all our speakers, supporters, and sponsors. In addition to Vattenfall, these include bp, Shell, STC INSISO, North Star, Fennex, North East Scotland Hydrogen Ambition (NESH2A) Steering Committee, Energy Voice, OGV, Scottish Renewables, OPITO, Aberdeen Science Centre and Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA).

A full agenda and speakers list for the day can be found here and we look forward to a busy and insightful day on the 15 November.

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AREG is the original energy transition organisation, working on behalf of members to empower the energy supply chain and champion its expertise. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more about membership.

AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

Scottish Renewables

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

Scottish Enterprise