And the winner of The Best Paper Awards is…

The stakes are high, so too is the competition. The power industry’s most influential leaders will gather at the POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe exhibition in Amsterdam, 9th-11th June 2015 to showcase new policies, new products and new skills that will drive Europe’s energy transition. To close the conference, the winners of the Best Paper Awards will be announced – as well as the delegate’s survey prize draw for an Apple iPad – at the events from 15:00 on Thursday 11 June.

Judges from the expert conference advisory boards will choose two highly commended papers in each category – and also an award winner from each of the main conference themes:

  • Europe’s Transitioning Power Sector
  • The Big Carbon Question
  • Flexing the Power of Gas Coal’s Cleaner Future
  • Grid Support with Data and Generators
  • Operational Excellence and Flexibility Renewable Energy Strategy
  • Business and Integration Urban Energy Integration
  • The Nuclear Power Option

Outstanding concept and content is the judging criteria – and winners will be recognised by the industry as being the ‘best of the best’. So the very best of luck to all contestants!

To win the Apple iPad…

All attendees can enter the draw to win the Apple iPad. All you have to do is complete a survey form during the course of the event and be present at the closing reception to take home the prize. This much is down to you and the rest is luck of the draw.

Register here to attend the event, and to be in with a chance of winning: http://www.powergeneurope.com/register/pge-reg.html 

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Second keynote speaker revealed for POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe conference 2015 in Amsterdam

We’re delighted to confirm Dr Wolfgang Konrad, Chief Executive Officer of the Siemens business unit Distributed Generation within the Power and Gas Division, as a Keynote Speaker for the highly anticipated Joint Opening Keynote Session.

Dr Konrad was appointed CEO in 2014. In December 2014 he integrated the Rolls-Royce aero-derivative business into the Siemens business unit Distributed Generation. Previously, Dr Konrad was responsible for the Large Gas Turbines business in Berlin where he launched various projects on combustion technology development, the introduction of advanced manufacturing technologies, and lead time optimisation.

“Today the energy market is global, fast-moving and facing increasingly complex challenges,” said Dr Konrad. “One of its biggest challenges is to balance the need for cleaner energy and slow down climate change, while at the same time satisfying the demand for reliable and affordable energy from emerging markets. To achieve this balance requires a sophisticated energy system as well as more efficient, cleaner power generation. It’s a great honour to give a keynote address at POWER-GEN Europe at such an important time for the industry.”

Dr Konrad is fluent in English, French, and Spanish and a native German speaker, who has an international engineering education with a Ph.D. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) from Princeton University USA.

“We are thrilled that Dr Konrad has agreed to speak at POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe 2015,” said Nigel Blackaby, Conference Director, PennWell International Power Group. “His previous positions in engineering, manufacturing and quality management, as well as his experience as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Fraunhofer Institute of Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK), make him the ideal authority to address the conference on companies’ need to continually innovate in order to remain competitive in the evolving power market.”

Dr Konrad will give his keynote alongside Ms. Maria Van Der Hoeven, Executive Director, the International Energy Agency (IEA), amongst other speakers that will be announced shortly. The joint opening Keynote Session will take place at POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe in Amsterdam on 9th June from 9:30am at the Amsterdam RAI. For more conference information please look at the preliminary event guide, and don’t forget to register to avoid missing out on a wealth of European energy knowledge and insight.

The POWER-GEN and Renewable Energy World Europe Confidence Index has also gone live – take part to receive a free copy of the research!

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Power generation awards at POWER-GEN Europe 2015

Two award ceremonies will take place at this year’s POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe conference in Amsterdam. Peabody Energy is sponsoring the Advanced Energy for Life (AEFL) coal awards, and Power Engineering International is launching the EMEA Projects of the Year award.

Coal fuels more than 40 per cent of global electricity generation, more than any other fuel. It has been the world’s fastest growing major fuel source over the past decade, and is set to surpass oil as the world’s largest global energy source in coming years.

The AEFL awards recognise the best environmental performance achieved among the European coal fleet based on key emission and efficiency rates. They also acknowledge leadership in deploying advanced coal technologies that deliver ultra-low emissions. This year, Peabody Energy wishes to distinguish the “cleanest” coal plants, in five global geographies including India, Europe, Eastern Asia (excluding China), and North America.

Peabody Energy is the world’s largest private-sector coal organisation and a global leader in sustainable mining, energy access and clean coal solutions. Peabody is proud to sponsor the Advanced Energy for Life (AEFL) Clean Coal Awards for Europe, a highlight of this year’s Coal’s Cleaner Future sector of the conference.

For more information on the AEFL awards, please visit: https://www.advancedenergyforlife.com/categories/awards

Power Engineering International’s EMEA Projects of the Year will seek to highlight the broad scope of ever-evolving technology now being deployed in the power generation industry across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

With worldwide circulation, Power Engineering International is the leading magazine for the global electric power generation and transmission industry. For more information about the inagural presentation of the Projects of the Year Awards, please visit: http://www.powerengineeringint.com/index/project-of-the-year-award

The winners of the 2015 awards will be recognised at the POWER-GEN Europe Gala Dinner on the evening of 9 June at Amsterdam RAI (Elicium 2), Amsterdam. Register now to attend: www.powergeneurope.com/register

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Highlights to look forward to at POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe 2015

At this year’s joint POWER-Gen Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe, the transitioning energy sector will be explored and discussed in depth. From discussion panels to speeches, exhibitors to award shows, the events will take many forms, here are just three exciting highlights taking place during the events in Amsterdam, from 9th-11th June:

  • On Tuesday 9th at 9:30am, begin your POWER-GEN experience by listening to our keynote speeches. Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency in France, alongside the recently announced second speaker, Dr. Wolfgang Konrad, Chief Executive Officer for Distributed Generation at Siemens AG will set the scene of Europe’s power landscape and how the show will look to address this,. Look out for announcements of further keynote speakers over the coming weeks.
  • On the same day at 11:15am, the CIMAC Circle panel discussion, this year entitled ‘Piston Engines – fast and versatile power to balance renewable energy’ will be taking place in the Auditorium Centre With Europe experiencing wide-scale adoption of renewable energy, discussions around the intermittency of these power sources and how to provide a responsive back up power source are vital. The CIMAC Circle will provide a platform for these discussions, with representatives from major engine manufacturers exploring the challenges of the industry and the advantages of these engine-driven solutions.
  • On Wednesday 10th June at 2:00pm, our extremely popular joint plenary panel discussion will take place, this year entitled ‘European Energy Transition – Embracing the Opportunity of Change’. This year’s panel will look at how industry professionals can find opportunity within Europe’s power sector as it transitions. An expert panel, representing a broad spectrum of people from the industry, will outline their thoughts for how the energy market is set to develop, from the changing roles of centralised power to the growth of localised generation. Other topics such as policy clashes, new technologies and how market players can best position themselves ensure that this discussion won’t be one to miss! The currently announced panelists are:
  • Mark Garnett, Vice President European Region, Doosan Power Systems, UK
  • Stephan Singer, Director Global Energy Policy, WWF International, Belgium
  • Hans ten Berge, Secretary General, Eurelectric, Belgium
  • Damian Wagner, Project Coordinator – Triangulum Project, Fraunhofer, Germany

Additional panelists will also be invited to add their expert opinions to what promises to already be a fascinating discussion.

For a detailed look at these events, further highlights and conference timetables, be sure to download the recently published event guide.  For all information relating to the exhibition and conference, visit the POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe website, and don’t forget to register to avoid missing out.

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POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe 2015 : examining issues vexing today’s transitioning energy landscape

This year’s POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe conference and exhibition in Amsterdam will focus on innovative technology developments in response to the energy industry’s renewable evolution. Key themes that will be discussed include commercial technology solutions, integrated power and the sustainable energy economy.

The combined POWER-GEN and Renewable Energy World events from Europe’s largest annual conference-led exhibition, and have been connecting power generation professionals for the past 23 years, promoting knowledge-sharing, excellence and business opportunities across the full spectrum of the power generation sector.

There is an air of excitement and a little trepidation surrounding this coming POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe. The energy industry is changing and it is the recognition of the many facets of these changes that has become the theme of the event this year. The power industry’s history is steeped in engineering expertise, which has always risen to past challenges. Now, this experience of the past must inspire the next generation of innovators to create the solutions that will maintain Europe’s leading position in the provision of reliable, sustainable and universal electricity supply.

The 2015 conference programme offers content relevant to the issues vexing the industry today, offering new strategic and technical solutions to the key issues of workable policy and regulation, decarbonisation, flexible generation and cleaner operating coal plants among others. There are new sessions under the heading of Urban Energy Integration, reflecting a range of topics around decentralised energy and the exciting activities of municipalities in the energy sphere. Further sessions within the conference matrix look at grid support and renewables integration, achieving greater operation excellence and efficiency together with utility-scale renewable policy, finance and project development.

Among the many highlights of this year’s event will be the opening Keynote Session headlined by the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, Maria van der Hoeven. International broadcaster Stephen Sackur also returns to moderate the Joint Plenary Panel Discussion among power sector experts. The panelists will share their vision as to how the market is likely to develop and bring some clarity to a sometimes opaque future for certain types of power generation. The debate will address the changing roles of centralised power, growth of localised generation, and the opportunities that will arise from this.

Outside of the conference arena, the RAI exhibition halls will be full of power engineering products and services companies, creating the ideal marketplace to discover new technologies and plant operation equipment. Every day at POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe will offer amazing networking opportunities both on the show floor and in the surrounding conference.

The exhibitor list and conference programme will be regularly updated on the event websites, offering more information about technical tours, the new Projects of the Year Awards, European Confidence Index and the Best Paper Awards.

POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe opens its doors wide to power industry experts who want to embrace change, pursue excellence and whose entrepreneurial drive and technical innovation will ensure that the emerging opportunities in the energy industry are developed to the full. As Europe moves closer to its vision of an Energy Union, with closer co-operation and stronger interconnections, the value of an annual meeting place for practitioners to voice their opinions and introduce a practical perspective into the debate, is ever more important. Register now to attend: www.powergeneurope.com/register

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Storage Technologies are Gaining Power in Europe

Clean and sustainable energy solutions will dominate this year’s POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe conference in Amsterdam. Several ways to innovate the European power market will be discussed in detail, one of which will be energy storage – could it be the ‘missing piece of the jigsaw’ for renewable energy generation?  

An energy storage system, both practical and cost effective, would help manage the peaks and troughs of demand – a potential game changer in the integration of renewables. Yes, storage technologies are developing fast and a number of technologies exists at a sufficient level of technical and industrial maturity for deployment but are not competitive yet, but innovation is highly needed in order to unlock the significant potential inherent to the services that storage technologies can provide to the system. So what’s the best way to store energy?

Reflecting technical need various solutions are possible depending on whether a larger number of small, local storage facilities or a smaller number of large, central facilities are to be used. Storing energy in the form of heat could well be one of several viable options. This involves storing surplus electricity on a sunny or windy day by heating up water, and either keeping it in that form or using it to heat or chill buildings. The latter can be achieved using thermally activated absorption chillers, adsorption chillers, or desiccant dehumidification systems.

Let’s get technical. Absorption chillers, for example, produce chilled water by separating two different substances that are in thermal equilibrium using heat, then reuniting them through heat removal. Two substances that may be used for this process are water (acting as the refrigerant) and lithium bromide (the absorbent).

So how exactly does this process work? It is driven by heat from natural gas combustion or a waste-heat source. Absorption chillers can be used in conjunction with combined heat and power (CHP) or cogeneration projects to provide tri-generation or combined heat power and cooling (CHPC) schemes that are typically embedded close to the end user. They help to reduce transportation and distribution losses and, in theory, improve the overall performance of the grid.

So why not put this into practice? The ability to store enough electricity generated from renewable energy – at commercially viable cost – would open the door to an even greater supply of renewable energy sourced power.

However it is not yet quite technically feasible. But a great deal more research is being undertaken in a variety of storage systems, such as chemical (e. g. hydrogen), electrical (e. g. capacitors) electrochemical, (e. g. lithium-ion batteries), mechanical (e. g. compressed air systems), and thermal (e. g. molten salt). There is some way to go before these technologies become widely used. But sure enough, exciting projects incorporating large-scale storage but also decentralised small-scale storage are starting to emerge.

This year’s event will be led by some of the most influential people committed to the development and transition of power generation in Europe, and will highlight views on existing and future EU energy and climate policies. POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe will involve exhibitors, at-show events and detailed discussion of several key areas, including storage technologies; the session chaired by Patrick Clerens will be held on the 9th June at 2pm. For the opportunity to learn from industry specialists register now to attend this year’s event: www.powergeneurope.com/register

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Waste to Energy – Using CO2 as a CO-Tool

At this year’s POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe conference in Amsterdam, one of the innovative solutions being used by the European power market that will be discussed at length is Waste to Energy (WtE). With European power being generated through an amalgamation of both renewable and traditional power sources, WtE represents a meeting of both approaches, with by-products of industrial, commercial and domestic consumption being used as fuel, offsetting the carbon emissions of the original power generation or usage.

Biomass is derived from living or recently living organisms. It takes carbon out of the atmosphere while it is growing and returns it as it is burned, thus maintaining a closed carbon cycle with no net increase in atmospheric CO2 levels. It is because of this closed loop that the use of WtE and biogas techniques are rapidly becoming more popular, as waste being used as fuel negates the need to find an outside power source. Another vital benefit of WtE, which separates it from other ‘clean’ energies such as wind and solar radiation, is its baseload power capabilities. WtE has a steady and controllable output, meaning it can be relied upon for a constant energy supply, where other alternative means of generation can fluctuate.

Due to the obvious benefits of WtE, both for carbon levels and energy generation, it is now seen as an important part of waste management and the energy supply network. Currently, there are more than 450 WtE plants operating across Europe, in particular within France, Germany and Italy. Another reason for WtE’s popularity is because it is helping countries to reduce carbon emissions and hit renewable energy targets.

Furthermore, its popularity is also driving the technology to be refined in different ways. Solutions such as pyrolysis and gasification are enabling biogas to be heated with little or no oxygen to form ‘syngas’, a more efficient fuel than the original fuel it was taken from, and has the ability to be converted into ethanol or hydrogen. With these advancements in the process of converting WtE, and the widespread use of the system in European plants, it is little wonder that analysts have predicted that global revenues in WtE plants will reach $29 billion by 2016.

This year POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe has conference sessions, exhibitors and at-show events dedicated to Waste to Energy. Delegates will have the opportunity to learn from some of the most important people in these dedicated fields, with a conference session entitled “Biomass & waste to energy developments” occurring on Tuesday 9th June at 2pm, to be chaired by Ronald Meijer of DNV GL Energy Netherlands. Register now to attend: www.powergeneurope.com/register

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