AES Solar which exports its product across the globe has become a sponsor of a conference that is attracting over 700 delegates from 50 different countries.
AES Solar will send its team to Edinburgh for PLEA 2017 and will be part of a glittering party at the city’s castle and is the main sponsor of the event’s Conference Dinner where the company’s technical director Campbell MacLennan will address the delegates on the power of solar energy and the importance of working side by side with architects and engineers.
PLEA stands for Passive and Low Energy Architecture, an internationally renowned network that has been promoting sustainable architecture and urban design at its conferences since 1982.
Campbell who has worked with AES Solar for 10 years explained that to be involved in such an event as a sponsor is a real coup for AES Solar.
He said: “To have a platform to discuss solar energy and how it is ideal to work with designers and architects from the very start of a project will mean big things for AES Solar. We will have a voice and will be able to promote our designs and innovations to people who are leaders in their own fields. There has never been a better time for Solar thermal or PV and to be promoting our product. Something we are very passionate about are the developments in system integration and how solar can complement building services and architecture. PLEA is an ideal forum to meet the right people to take AES Solar in the next direction.”
Design to Thrive
The theme for PLEA 2017 is ‘Design to Thrive’ which will look at ways in which both old and new buildings can be developed to offer a high quality of life to occupants, affordably.
Speakers will show how better buildings can be achieved with good passive design and the issues and challenges involved will be explored and discussed by numerous subject forums and panels.
PLEA conferences attract academics, architects, engineers and planners, and also decision makers from industry, cities and governments.
George Goudsmit, managing director of AES Solar explained why he wants to be involved in the event: “Working every day with solar hot water and solar electric systems, it is obvious that some buildings can be run almost entirely using this clean, cheap energy source, and only if they are proper solar buildings to begin with.
“For too long designers and developers have assumed that solar systems are a last minute, optional ‘add-on’, rather than a key means of achieving affordable warmth and light in our homes and offices. PLEA will give us access to these key people so we can promote the message that solar is the right form of renewable to be harnessing.
“The integration of solar energy, and its storage, into the fabric of a building and its systems and into the heart of the design process is essential if truly passive, low energy buildings are to be achieved. This has been the PLEA message since its inception and it is a message the world now needs to hear loudly and clearly.”
Established 1979, three years before PLEA conferences began, AES Solar was the first manufacturer of solar thermal collectors in Europe.
AES Solar has been involved in a number of landmark projects such as the first ever domestic Solar thermal/PV roof installation in the UK in 1995, and more recently has carried out work on a project on the Royal Estate at Balmoral.
The company trades worldwide and has export customers in markets as diverse as Scandinavia, Africa and South America.