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As the penetration of renewables increases, Europe’s energy market will need to change. Pascal Stijns, Water and Power Director, Honeywell Process Solutions and POWER-GEN Europe advisory board member, examines the risks renewables pose to grid stability.
The success of renewables relies heavily on strong coordination at European level. The biggest question is how fast renewables should be allowed to penetrate the market. Clearly, political consensus on this will be critical, since any changes to current market mechanisms will have a direct impact on private companies. Continue reading
Dr. Franco Rosatelli, Alsaldo Energia
POWER-GEN Europe Advisory Board member Dr. Franco Rosatelli*, of Ansaldo Energia, discusses how the integration of new generation energy still remains the most important challenge to be faced by the European Energy sector.
Up until 2010, gas technologies reigned in Europe, representing more than 50 per cent of the total power generation market. Since then, wind and solar PV have taken the place of gas technologies and in the last few years have grown to account for more than 60 per cent of the power generation market. However, since 2009, Europe’s utilities have been ranked among the worst-performing sectors in global share indexes.
In the second of our guest blog posts from our Advisory Board members, David Porter*, senior Advisor to Navigant’s Global Energy team, looks at energy independence and interconnectivity in the context of national security.
In most parts of Europe, energy issues are putting policy-makers, energy companies and customers under pressure. In the UK, where rising prices have caused so many headlines, the Labour Party promises a price freeze, pending further market reform. No less remarkably, in Germany, the Energiewende (Energy transition), which was being pursued so confidently, is now presenting serious problems with prices and raising questions about security of supply. The balance that had to be struck between decarbonisation, security of supply and affordability was always an uneasy one, but, now it looks even harder to manage – especially for customers. ‘Fuel poverty’, once thought to be a largely British problem, has become an issue for German policy-makers. So are the complaints about energy bills from German manufacturing industry, which threatens to divert some of its investment to more price-friendly parts of the world.
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POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe are currently accepting speaker abstracts for next year’s co-located conferences, being held at the Messe Wien in Vienna, Austria from 4-6 June 2013. Power industry professionals are invited to share their vision, knowledge and experience of how Europe’s long-term power supplies will be maintained with industry peers, technical and strategic decision makers and strategists. With 243 speakers and over 1,000 delegates anticipated to attend, both conferences offer a fantastic opportunity to network with leading organisations and high-level influencers, as well as giving you a chance to represent your company at the most prestigious event in the power generation industry. Each conference is broken into technical and strategic tracks covering a diverse range of topics including: hydro marine and turbo power; regulation; small scale renewable procurement and contracting; geothermal energy; coal fired power plants; and gas fired power technology operation, maintenance, refurbishment and optimisation. Issues specific to the Central and Eastern European power sector are expected to be particularly pertinent at next year’s event, as well as topics such as energy storage and integration, and matters relating to the integration of renewable energy into the power system. A full break down of suggested conference topics and themes for each of the conference can be found here:
Each conference has an independent Advisory Board responsible for selecting successful papers. The Board represents a wide cross-section of the industry and includes experienced professionals from leading European utility companies, equipment suppliers, manufacturers, service providers, associations and consultancies. The deadline for submitting papers is 21 September 2012. Abstracts can be submitted via the event websites:
We look forward to hearing from you!
With politicians and media dominating the debate on energy policy, many of the real issues faced by the energy industry tend to be misrepresented.
That’s why The Joint Plenary Panel hosted by POWER-GEN Europe is designed to give those at the heart of the industry a voice. This year, we will be considering the wider issue of the practical implications of Germany’s energy generation policies – known collectively as “energiewende” – and whether they should be seen as a beacon for other European countries or ultimately, out-of-step.
The discussion will be hosted on the 13th June 2012 at the Köelnmesse in Cologne and will include a panel comprising:
- Giuseppe Zampini, CEO, Ansaldo Energia
- Thorsten Herdam, Managing Director, Power Systems, Engines & Systems, VDMA, Germany
- Milton Catelin, Chief Executive, World Coal Institute
- Prof. Arthouros Zervos, President, European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), CEO & President, Public Power Corporation (PPC), Greece
As well as putting Germany’s energiewende under the microscope, the discussion will examine the wider impact on the electricity industry and conclude with a brief Q&A session with the audience.
We hope the debate will highlight some of the practical issues faced by the power industry, as well as underscoring the opportunities for carbon reduction and securing reliable and sustainable power supplies over the longer term.
The Joint Plenary Panel will be moderated by BBC interviewer, Stephen Sackur and run for 90 minutes. It will provide a unique opportunity to address power industry professionals across the broadest range of power production and gives key industry stakeholders a chance to voice their opinions on current policies and the future direction of European power in a TV-style discussion that will once again be webcast to an international audience.
The POWER-GEN Europe, Renewable Energy World Europe and Nuclear Power Europe exhibitions & conferences are open to all registered delegates. To take advantage of discounted early bird rates, register here before or on 25 May 2012.
In a series of exhibitor spotlight guest posts, Mark Hancock, managing director of Damper Technology Ltd (DTL), a leading expert in providing damper solutions to industries worldwide and exhibitor at this year’s POWER-GEN Europe, discusses the company’s year so far, from product launches to opening its own subsidiary in the Far East.
2012 got off to a great start for us, with the launch of a new product range to market – Radial Vane (Inlet Vane Control) Dampers. The Radial Vane Damper (IVC) is predominantly used on fan inlet applications and offers an enhanced level of flow and pressure control. All of our Radial Vane Dampers are custom-engineered and manufactured to Customer Specifications depending on the application and performance required, and we are extremely excited about the possibilities and markets it will open for us.
One market in particular DTL is thriving in is India, of which we have recently opened up a subsidiary in and started trading from this year. India’s developing economy has a need for power, which means more and more power stations are being built that require the types of valves and dampers that are essential for the safe operation of power stations, oil rigs, cement works and other heavy duty industry.
The newly incorporated Damper Technology India Private Limited (DTL India) is based in Coimbatore, Southern India and an established team of engineers, project managers and sales staff have been recruited from the local area. Within three years the hope is that the Indian operation will be turning over as much as the UK.
Damper Technology Ltd will be exhibiting at POWER-GEN Europe in Cologne this year at stand 6F71. For more information visit www.dampertechnology.com