By Chris Posey, Online Editor of Power Engineering magazine
Power Gen International 2007 promises to address some of the most challenging issues facing power generation professionals today, while also providing plenty of time for participants to reconnect with industry colleagues and friends. Over the course of the three-day conference, experts will tackle topics ranging from shortages in power generation talent to global warming to the “nuclear renaissance” with over 1,100 exhibits and more than 125 papers and presentations in 11 tracks.
The keynote session, which marks the official kickoff of PGI 2007, begins on Tuesday, December 11 at 9:30 AM in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Speakers at this session include Andrew Kruger, vice president of greenhouse gas services for Evolution Markets, Inc., Nicholas Akins, executive vice president of generation for AEP and J. Wayne Leonard, chairman and CEO of Entergy Corporation. These three speakers will analyze strategies power generation professionals are implementing in order to meet the modern demands of environmental consciousness within the milieu of power generation in light of new and increasing demand for generating capacity.
Following the keynote session, individual presentations, exhibits, and technical sessions will address a variety of topics ranging from asset optimization and evolving plant technologies to carbon capture and sequestration and technological advances in renewable energy production. Conference tracks cover industry trends and competitive power generation, on-site power, environmental issues and plant performance, as well as power generation technologies related to fossil fuels, gas turbines, and renewable energies. While perusing the exhibits and presentations, be sure to visit PGI’s Corvette Giveaway sponsor booths. Completed entry forms (found in participant registration material, to be stamped at participating booths) may be turned in at the PennWell booth.
This year brings with it the debut of Nuclear Power International, a co-located power generation conference and exhibition. This conference, which is available to all who are registered for PGI 2007, will tackle subject matter unique to the nuclear power generation industry. Presentations include “Technical Challenges at Existing Plants,” Material Condition Solutions,” “Large Component Replacement and Repair,” “Large Steam Turbines for New Nuclear Unit Applications” and “IT Solutions to Nuclear Plant Problems.” Participants will also be able to hear the latest on APWR, ES-BWR, WBR, AP-1000, EPR, and he APR 1400 designs.
The conference will wrap up on Thursday, December 13, with three mega-sessions that will run from 9:30 AM until 11:30 AM. At the first mega-session titled “Gasification, Synfuels and Carbon Capture-Effects on the Power Industry,” attendees will hear from representatives of Alston & Byrd, Bechtel Power, Booz Allen Hamilton, ConocoPhillips, and GE Energy. The second mega-session, “Large Frame Gas Turbines,” will examine equipment upgrades and enhancements from a variety of companies. The third mega-session, “Preparing for Disaster, Hardening Physical and Data Assets,” will address lessons learned from catastrophic events such as Hurricane Katrina. Presenters will provide best practices on protecting mission critical assets, as well as responding to and recovering from such occurrences-issues particularly relevant to PGI’s host city.
While PGI 2007 offers participants plenty of opportunities to learn more about the power generation industry as a whole, it also provides plenty of time to network and connect with other professionals in the industry. On Tuesday, December 9, participants may choose to take part in the Power Engineering Floor Reception, which takes place on the Exhibit Floor from 4:00 PM until 6:00PM. The event is free to all PGI 2007 attendees.
The popular Power Gen International Networking Reception will take place on the Exhibit Floor on Wednesday, December 10 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. The reception features hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and entertainment. The cost of the reception is $40 per person.
For the early-risers, PGI will again host two days of networking breakfasts. The breakfasts, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 AM until 9:00 AM, will provide a venue for professionals to gather and discuss more than a dozen power industry topics. Tables Wednesday morning will be designated for discussions dealing with environmental issues, gas turbines, distributed generation and on-site power, power industry trends, plant operations and maintenance and nuclear power issues. Thursday’s breakfast topics will include fossil technologies, renewable energy, competitive power generation, heat recovery steam generators and emerging technologies.
The Crescent City will be brimming with plenty of news, issues, presentations, events, food and fun for power generation professionals. Make sure to allow plenty of time to take it all in as Power Gen International 2007 lives up to the name: The Big Show in the Big Easy.