DBF December Conference: Energy

Deeside Business Forum (DBF) conference “Energy”: Deeside Sixth, Connah’s Quay – Friday 8th December 2017.

Refreshments kindly sponsored by Wheelabrator Parc Adfer.

Deeside and Full Fibre Networks

DBF Chairman Askar Sheibani started proceedings, referencing the key links Deeside has with the Northern Powerhouses of Manchester and Liverpool. Mr. Sheibani, also Co-Chair of the UK Fibre Connectivity Forum, argued the importance of having full fibre connectivity in Wales to drive growth and education in schools and colleges with an event on the subject to come in February 2018.

Wheelabrator Parc Adfer

Wheelabrator Parc Adfer’s Communications Manager David Spencer provided an update on the energy-from-waste facility currently under construction that will provide clean energy for more than 30,000 homes. He also went on to say it will also provide £230,000 in funding for local community of Deeside.

He set out the case that there are multiple supply chain opportunities for local businesses thereby maintaining and possible creating additional jobs. The plant itself will create around 35 new full-time jobs when operational.

You can find David Spencer’s presentation here: https://www.deesidebusinessforum.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Wheelabrator-DBF-presentation-December-2017-FINAL.pptx


Andrew Ellis, Head of Electrical Services at Uniper, spoke about the role of the community energy and storage as we try to transition to a low carbon future. He presented his case on the back of the Dolwyddelan case study.

You can view his presentation here: https://www.deesidebusinessforum.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Role-of-Community-Energy-and-Storage-Deside-Business-Forum.pptx

Flintshire County Council

Head of Streetscene Stephen Jones provided us of an update of the Deeside Metro Project. He noted how Flintshire County Council had made progress in trying to create the first ticketing system in Wales where one ticket to get to the Industrial Park could be used with any operator that serves it.

Carbon Trust

Carbon Trust’s Sarah Clifford presented interesting information on the wide-range of funding options available for SMEs to invest in clean energy solutions for their business. They consist of free grants but also zero percent interest loans.

You can find a copy of Sarah’s presentation here: https://www.deesidebusinessforum.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/DBF-event-Carbon-Trust-slides-FINAL.pptx


Clean6’s Richard Anderson showcased his invention and how it is used to turn waste into building materials. You can find a copy of his presentation here: https://www.deesidebusinessforum.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/C6-broc-v1.2.pptx

The Energy and Environment Network

Clive Barnard from the Energy and Environment Network also featured. Based in Hawarden, their aims are to help develop a more sustainable Wales, which features to capitalise on exciting supply chain opportunities for the energy and environment sector locally and across Wales.


A select number of photographs can be seen below. © The Comtek Group 2017.