It’s no secret that Central and Eastern Europe are rising hotspots for international meetings and events, but certain cities seem to be attracting certain industries. Recently, Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, has seen interest from two conferences focused on the power and heating industries: the recent International Oil Shale Symposium and the upcoming EHP Congress, which is scheduled to take place in 2015.
Over 400 energy specialists from around the world discussed the present and future outlooks of oil shale energy at the two-day International Oil Shale Symposium that took place earlier this month. Among others, leaders of the International Energy Agency and the World Energy Council took the floor
The Oil Shale Symposium, which was held for the fourth time in Estonia, saw over 50 presentations from the likes of Didier Houssin, Director of Energy Markets and Security at the IEA, who addressed the future technologies for oil and gas on the global energy market; and Dr. Leonhard Birnbaum, Vice Chair Europe, WEC, who discussed global energy trends. Sustainability of oil shale energy were analyzed by macroeconomics expert Hardo Pajula.
According to the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications, one of the main presenters at the symposium, Estonia is the leading oil shale developer in the world. “There are only two other countries that extensively use oil shale; however, the oil shale operated power station with the highest nominal power as well as a shale oil plant are in Estonia. At the same time, there are plenty of countries in the world whose oil shale reserves are much bigger than ours and for them too, this natural resource may become a cornerstone of energy security,” Minister Parts said.