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Renewable firms are harnessing the winds of change

Eleven Northern Ireland companies are bidding for business at a renewable energy conference in Scotland.

The RenewableUK exhibition being held in Glasgow is said to be one of the most important events in the European renewable energy calendar and covers wind, wave and tidal energy.

The companies are being assisted by Invest Northern Ireland to attend the event.

In addition to a number of experienced industry players, many of the Northern Ireland companies are visiting the event for the first time as part of an Invest NI drive to highlight the experience, knowledge and products which local companies are developing in alternative energy sources.

The initiative has included participation at other international events including the recent Husum 2010 wind energy show in Germany.

Dr Vicky Kell from Invest NI said that opportunities are continuing to develop strongly in this industry and it's a trend that will continue.

"Recent research indicates that more than £100bn could be invested in the UK wind, wave and tidal energy sector over the next decade, creating an industry that will help tackle climate change, meet the emerging energy gap, and provide thousands of new, highly skilled jobs as the supply chain grows to service the industry," she said.

RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries. Formed in 1978, and with 655 corporate members, it acts as a centre for information and as a lobbying group to promote wind energy and marine renewables.