POWER-GEN International: Back in Orlando!

By RussellR

It’s the largest annual forum for the power generation industry.

More than 20,000 industry professionals from around the world will gather in Orlando for POWER-GEN International, where innovative and cost-effective solutions for maintaining, operating and building new power generation will be shared Dec. 11-13 at the Orange County Convention Center.

More than 1,200 exhibiting companies from every sector of the industry will be showcasing their services and products on the exhibit floor. The exhibition opens at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday following the keynote session.

POWER-GEN International offers a wealth of networking opportunities with leading professionals and key decision makers. More than 200 speakers will share their thoughts on trends, technology and project development in 36 conference sessions and four mega-sessions.  A wide range of topics, from emissions control to gas turbine design, will be discussed by high-ranking regulators, developers, power producers and industry representatives.

The keynote session on Dec. 11 will feature high-ranking executives, including Paul Browning, president and CEO of Thermal Products for GE Power & Water, Jim Ferland, president and CEO of Babcock & Wilcox, Gordon Gillette, President of Tampa Electric, and Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Plenary Session on Dec. 13 will be a rapid-fire, content-rich discussion featuring Joe Nipper, senior vice president of government relations for the American Public Power Association, James Fama, vice president of Energy Delivery for the Edison Electric Institute, and Bryan Hannegan, vice president of Environment and Renewables for the Electric Power Research Institute.

This year, POWER-GEN will come to Orlando with three co-located events: Nuclear Power International, the POWER-GEN International Financial Forum, and Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo. The week of Dec. 10th will feature four conferences and three exhibitions under one roof.


The Financial Forum, scheduled Dec. 12-13, features seven conference sessions, including a plenary session entitled “Project Financing: The Big Picture.” The keynote address will be delivered by Richard Kauffman, senior advisor to U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Kauffman serves as chief executive officer of Good Energies Inc., a leading investor in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Kauffman also was a partner at Goldman Sachs, where he served on several committees.  The keynote luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Financial Forum panelists will explore the financing options and strategies that work best in today’s market. They will also discuss liquidity issues, risk and return expectations, new development possibilities, and the financial and regulatory barriers to overcome in today’s tight financial market. Are there emerging new sources of financing for energy projects? What are the risks associated with certain technologies and what risks worry lenders the most? Panelists will attempt to answer these and many other questions over the course of this conference.

The Financial Forum offers a unique opportunity for project developers, lenders and others in the financial community to learn about and discuss the latest financing trends. What’s more, the Financial Forum gives financial specialists a chance to meet with the world’s leading engineering, procurement and construction firms as well as hundreds of equipment and service vendors.  


Technical tours of three power generation facilities will be offered to attendees on Monday, Dec. 10th.

Tampa Electric will be hosting a tour of the Polk Power Station, a 260-MW integrated coal gasification combined-cycle power plant in central Florida. The facility is a first-of-its-kind combination of two leading technologies, coal gasification and combined-cycle. The plant combines coal with oxygen in the gasifier to produce the gaseous fuel. After processing, the clean coal gas is used in the combustion turbine to produce electricity. Combined-cycle technology increases efficiency because it reuses exhaust heat to produce more electricity.

Combined-cycle design consists of a combustion turbine, a heat recovery steam generator and a steam turbine. The exhaust heat from the combustion turbine is recovered in the heat recovery steam generator to produce steam. This steam then passes through a steam turbine to produce more electricity.

The plant is considered “zero process water discharge.” A brine concentration unit, which produces an effluent that is reused in the process, handles all of the liquid waste. The combined-cycle technology requires much less cooling water than conventional technology, and Tampa Electric was able to modify existing conventional “mine cuts” to become the plant’s cooling reservoir.

A tour of the Cane Island Power Park is also available to attendees.

The gas-fired power plant is near Intercession City in northwest Osceola County, Fla. It houses four generating units with a combined capacity of 735 MW.

Unit 1 is a General Electric LM6000 PA aero-derivative simple cycle combustion turbine that is primarily used for peaking. Unit 2 is a GE Frame MS7001EA in combined cycle with a Nooter Erikson triple pressure HRSG that provides steam for a GE Fitchburg axial exhaust straight condensing turbine. Unit 3 is a GE 7241FA+e in combined cycle with a Aalborg triple pressure reheat HRSG that provides steam for a GE A10 reheat steam turbine. Unit 3 was the first combined cycle in Florida to install a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system. Unit 4 consists of a GE 7241FA+e in combined cycle with a Vogt triple pressure HRSG that provides steam for a GE A14 reheat steam turbine. Including duct firing capability, this unit will produce 300 MW.

Attendees won’t have to travel far to tour the largest rooftop solar array in the southeastern U.S.

The 1.1 MW photovoltaic array is on the roof of the North-South Building of the Orange County Convention Center and covers an area equivalent to five football fields. It was designed and installed by Johnson Controls.

Costing more than $8 million and taking several years to construct, the project feature 5,808 solar panels. The project began commercial production in February 2010. The tour will begin at the Climate Change Education Center. Attendees will then take the freight elevators to the HVAC Penthouse level, where they will view and learn about the inverters and other components necessary to run the solar array. Finally, they will step out onto the roof to take a closer look at the array and ask questions about the project.


Attendees of POWER-GEN and Nuclear Power International can also choose from 23 Competitive Power College pre-conference workshops on Sunday Dec. 9 and Monday Dec. 10.

Some of the workshop topics include “Turbine Generator Failures: Prediction and Prevention,” “Power Plant Construction Management: A Workshop for Survival,” “Addressing Material Flow Problems in Bunkers, Feeders and Chutes,” “Fast-Tracking Environmental Permitting for Energy Projects,” “Gas Turbine Combustion: Emissions, Operability and Combustion Dynamics,” “Basic Gas Turbine Metallurgy and Component Repair,” and “Safe Bolting: Lessons in Tower Erection and Turbine Assembly.”


More than 30 conference sessions will be held under seven tracks: Emissions Control, On-Site Power, Plant Performance, Gas Turbine Technologies, Fossil Technologies, Environmental Issues, and Industry Trends/Competitive Power Generation.

Here’s a sample of some of the sessions that will be offered: “Gas Turbine Updates and Performance Improvements,” “Capitalizing on Natural Gas Power Generation,” “Gas Turbine Construction Trends and Requirements,” “Hg Control Technologies for Coal-Fired Power Plants,” “Particulates and the Importance of Multi-Pollutant Control,” “Rapid Response Combined Cycle Power Plants,” “Clean Water Act 316(b) Compliance,” “Flexible Capacity Options for Renewable Integration,” and “Steam Turbine Reliability, Availability and Efficiency.”

Three mega-sessions are also scheduled. Those sessions are:  “Large Frame Gas Turbines,” “Coal Plant Retirements: Challenges and Opportunities,” and “The Economy: Where is it Headed?”

A car will again be given away this year. The drawing for a 2012 Corvette will be Thursday, Dec. 13.

Entering is easy. Eligible attendees must take their entry card to the booths of the sponsoring companies, have it stamped by the sponsoring exhibitors and return the card to the PennWell booth prior to the drawing. As always, you must be present to win.  

Also, a golf tournament will be held Monday, Dec. 10, at Osprey Ridge Golf Course. 

This sweeping 18-hole course is arguably one of the most tranquil locales in all of Walt Disney World Resort. It boasts 7,101 yards from the longest tees for a par of 72—making Disney’s Osprey Ridge suitable for serious and recreational golfers who seek a challenge.

Visit www.power-gen.com for complete conference, exhibition and registration information. See you in Orlando! 




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