By Steve Blankinship, Associate Editor
Don’t miss out as POWER-GEN International marks its 20th anniversary in Orlando, Florida, December 2-4
A lot has happened in the power generation sector during the past 20 years and POWER-GEN International (PGI) has been there to capture and chronicle all of it. For its 20th anniversary in Orlando December 2-4, POWER-GEN International is adopting the theme “Two Decades Strong, One Groundbreaking Event.”
In the two decades since the first POWER-GEN International, the world’s largest power sector event has evolved from major to mega with a capital M, with attendance of more than 17,000 industry professionals from 76 countries; the world’s largest industry exhibit floor featuring more than 1,200 companies and more than 200 presentations in 14 tracks of educational conference sessions on current power hot topics. And much, much more.
This year there’s a full slate of comprehensive Competitive Power College courses; networking events, including Starship as the headline band for the POWER-GEN International 20th Anniversary Networking Reception; the Projects-of-the-Year Awards Gala; Networking Roundtable Breakfasts; three mega sessions; a technical tour; a golf tournament; and the co-located NUCLEAR POWER International, a powerhouse in its own right that is now in its second year.
Setting the Stage
Five Keynote Speakers will set the tone for POWER-GEN International’s 20th gathering, starting at 9:30 Tuesday morning.
Leading off will be Jerry Paul, Distinguished Energy Fellow at the University of Tennessee’s Howard Baker Center for Public Policy. Paul will discuss energy-related public policy issues, a particularly timely topic given the November presidential and congressional elections. A nuclear engineer and attorney, Paul has been a member of the Florida House of Representatives and was the chief operating officer and deputy administrator of the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. Paul holds a law degree from Stetson University College of Law, a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from the Merchant Marine Academy and a post-baccalaureate degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Florida.
Following Paul on the Keynote stage will be J. M. Bernhard Jr., the founder, chairman, president and CEO of The Shaw Group, a global company with 27,000 employees offering engineering, construction and technology services to the energy, chemical, environmental, infrastructure and emergency response markets. Under Bernhard’s leadership, The Shaw Group has grown through a series of strategic acquisitions to more than $5 billion in revenues since its inception in 1987. Shaw has been named to the Fortune 500 list three times and is one of the youngest companies to appear on the list. In 2001, Bernhard received the first Ernst and Young “U.S. Entrepreneur of the Year” Award.
Nuclear power will be the focus of a Keynote talk by Jacques Besnainou, president of AREVA Inc. and president and CEO of AREVA NC Inc. Besnainou holds Master of Science degrees in Mathematics, Engineering and Public Policy from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines, France’s leading engineering schools. Besnainou has nearly 20 years of management and systems engineering experience in both France and the United States and will speak on topics related to the nuclear renaissance.
Environmental issues will be the focus of a Keynote talk by Rick Duke, director of the Center for Market Innovation at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Dr. Duke comes to NRDC from McKinsey & Co., where he consulted on strategy, operations, and organization. Prior to that, he led a team that assessed the cost-effectiveness of global greenhouse gas abatement opportunities. Earlier in his career he worked as an assistant economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, managed the Honduran office of a renewable energy company and consulted for the International Finance Corp. Dr. Duke did his graduate work at Princeton University where his doctoral dissertation develops the economics of public support for emerging energy technologies.
Rounding out the Keynote Session with a talk on what he sees as the looming energy “train wreck” will be Thomas Farrell II, chairman, president and CEO of Dominion. At Dominion, he previously held the post of vice president and general counsel. Farrell earned his undergraduate degree in Economics in 1976 and his law degree in 1979, both from the University of Virginia. He is a member of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, the Edison Electric Institute and the Council of Foreign Relations’ Independent Task Force on Climate Change.
Strong Technical Sessions
With so many technical sessions being presented over three days, the challenge for many POWER-GEN International attendees will be deciding which sessions to take in. One hint: The track “Industry Trends: Competitive Power Generation,” promises to offer some very topical content.
On Tuesday, December 2 at 1:30 P.M. the session “Next Generation Power Supply Technologies—‘Greentech’ is Growing Up” will present a panel discussion focusing on emerging energy technologies and the role of venture capital, private equity and strategic investors in financing green energy companies and start-ups. The panel will include senior executives from leading-edge renewables, emissions control technology and advisory companies. They will discuss their businesses as well as specific technologies including development and testing of advanced biofuels for use in power generation, the development of new hydroelectric facilities, emerging pre- and post combustion coal technologies and new SmartGrid technologies. Each panelist will share his or her experience in taking a company from startup through initial project implementation to the development of a commercially viable operating company, including lessons learned.
On Wednesday, December 3 at 9:30 A.M. a session titled “Realities of Carbon Capture” will present a panel discussing how current thinking about climate change transcends traditional environmental controls and extends to the new world of carbon capture and storage. This is a fundamental change in air pollution control with significant implications for the future. Many facets of the issue are being considered by climate change thinkers including technology, legislation/regulation and economic impact. Panelists will provide insights on the progress of each of these aspects as well as upside and downside potentials.
On Wednesday starting at 1:30 P.M., the role of coal and natural gas in future generation will be discussed in a session focusing on environmental impacts and challenges on future resource planning (with emphasis on coal) during a session entitled “Risks and Road Blocks to Coal Generation Development.”
In the Environmental Issues Track, several sessions will address mercury capture issues, an emission whose control still looms large despite a national shift toward carbon dioxide. At the session “Mercury Considerations in a Post-CAMR World” on Wednesday beginning at 9:30 A.M., presenters will discuss the U.S. circuit court’s decision to overturn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Mercury Rule and the uncertainty that ruling created regarding mercury regulatory requirements. The session will discuss the impact of the court decision as well as technology advances to help meet anticipated regulatory challenges.
As part of the Fossil Technologies Track, supercritical coal plant designs and technologies will be the focus of several sessions, including “Supercritical Power Plants” on Tuesday starting at 1:30 P.M. The session covers advanced supercritical plant design considerations, materials selection and operating experience gleaned from domestic and international projects.
Circulating fluidized bed (CFB) technology, now seeing more use worldwide due to is scalability and fuel flexibility, is also a part of the Fossil Technologies Track, including a session on Wednesday starting at 9:30 A.M. titled “Update of CFB Applications and Developments.” The session will discuss CFB applications dealing with opportunity fuel firing, emissions performance and high temperature applications, including supercritical and ultra-supercritical applications.
NUCLEAR POWER International
For the second year, NUCLEAR POWER International is co-located with POWER-GEN International. Its full slate of conference sessions and separate exhibit hall provide the nuclear power industry the perfect venue to gather and exchange information about nuclear power’s role in today’s world. Attendees of NUCLEAR POWER International enjoy the same benefits and have access to the same programs as POWER-GEN International attendees.
On Wednesday beginningat 9:30 A.M. plan to attend the session “Preparing a Professional and Construction Workforce for the Nuclear Renaissance.” This panel discussion, chaired by Keyes Niemer of The Shaw Group Inc. will address challenges associated with design, construction and operations staffing of new nuclear units.
The panel session “Challenges Facing New Nuclear Build” takes place on Wednesday beginning at 1:30 P.M. Co-chaired by Bob Neibecker of Bechtel Power and Brian Schimmoller, former editor of Power Engineering magazine who is now with EPRI, this session discusses how sustained success of the nuclear renaissance hinges on overcoming a number of supply chain, financing and regulatory challenges. A range of perspectives will be presented on renewing the supply base, global procurement, project finance, carbon credits and new plant licensing.
Another session will present a series of papers looking at advances in steam turbine and generator design that will be used for new plants. And on Wednesday afternoon a session titled “Nuclear Power Uprates—Existing Secondary Side Asset Enhancements” will discuss how existing nuclear power plants are performing measurement uncertainty recapture (MUR), stretch and extended power updates and discuss secondary-side enhancements to complement these uprate projects.
Go Back to College
As if the broad array of professional sessions across 14 technical tracks didn’t offer enough educational opportunities, POWER-GEN International also lets you go back to school with 17 full-day and half-day Competitive Power College (CPC) courses. These are held before POWER-GEN International officially kicks off, so there’s absolutely no worry about missing a conference session. There may be no football games or frat parties at this college, but you do get a diploma on successful completing your course. And the “professors” are all top power industry professionals who know their subject matter as well as anyone, anywhere. Course materials are included in the registration fee. So are are coffee breaks and lunch for full-day CCP courses.
On July 11, a Washington, D.C. court of appeal (the same one that vacated the Clean Air Mercury Rule) vacated the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) that was to begin phasing in January 1. The court’s decision created intense uncertainty for power providers, regulators and companies trying to remove sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxide and other emissions from power plant stacks in the eastern portion of the United States. A panel of power industry legal and technical experts will take part in a 60-minute briefing on the situation, moderated by the editors of Power Engineering magazine.
The briefing will take place at noon on Tuesday in the Webcast Theater, located on the POWER-GEN International exhibit floor adjacent to the delegate lunch area. Panelists include Tony Licata, vice president of business development for Babcock Power Environmental; Doug Cloud, an attorney with the Atlanta law firm Alston & Bird; Peter Spinney, director of market and technology assessment for NeuCo; and Karl Moor, vice president and Associate General Counsel for Southern Co. Registered delegates as well as exhibitors may attend this briefing.
Major Mega Sessions
On Friday, Dec. 4 beginning at 9:30 A.M. three two-hour mega sessions conclude the 20th Anniversary edition of POWER-GEN International.
As more renewable energy sources stream onto the grid, issues once only thought of in future terms are coming to the forefront. “Integration of Renewable Energy Technologies Into the U.S. Grid” looks at how renewable energy technologies are blending into the grid. Wind power has grown to become the second largest form of new electric generation built in the U.S. for three years running. Geothermal energy is poised to grow significantly over the next few years. Biomass is likely to be significant choice of co-firing with coal and new power generation capacity in several regions of the country. And central station solar generation holds huge promise in many parts of the western and southwestern regions of the U.S. Integrating these technologies and addressing the unique aspects of these technologies will prove to be challenging. This mega session panel will address overall policy developments resulting from the November presidential election, as well as issues facing each of the major renewable energy technologies.
Equally timely will be the “Carbon Capture Readiness at Utility Scale” mega session. The panel discussion will cover carbon capture readiness and demonstration projects underway in the U.S. and abroad for utility scale applications. It will also cover potential legislation under the new U.S. presidential administration and consider issues related to carbon trading.
A third mega session will focus of the bread-and-butter large frame gas turbine. The panel will discuss the current status of large machine performance and improvement modifications, and each major original equipment manufacturer will update fleet operating status.
Everyone knows that technical sessions, professional development opportunities and dynamic plenary events are just part of the value and excitement of being at the world’s largest power event. The ability to mix, mingle and interact with industry professionals from all over the world is a major reason so many people will come to Orlando in December.
POWER-GEN International’s 20th Anniversary Networking Reception takes place Wednesday, December 3, from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. As part of POWER-GEN International’s 20-year anniversary celebration a highlight of the evening will be entertainment by the legendary rock band Starship (which you also may know as Jefferson Starship or even Jefferson Airplane). Celebrate POWER-GEN International’s 20th anniversary with food, drinks and rockin’ entertainment.
Special Night for Outstanding Projects
Power Engineering magazine’s Projects of the Year Awards Gala grows even grander in this its third year. This year’s Projects of the Year Gala takes place Monday evening, December 1 from 7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. at the Rosen Centre Hotel’s Junior Ballroom.
Each year Power Engineering magazine’s editors present the awards to recognize the best power projects that have recently gone into service globally. Honored projects are chosen by the editors based on excellence in design, construction and operation. This highly-anticipated POWER-GEN International event begins with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner. The gala is open to the award winners, their guests and all POWER-GEN International attendees. Be a part of this special evening recognizing the best of the best in innovation and technology.
As always, POWER-GEN International will include a technical tour of a local power plant, offering attendees the opportunity for a first-hand look at one of the area’s principal power stations. This year’s technical tour starts at the Orange Country Convention Center on Monday at 9:30 A.M. for a bus trip to the 410 MW Crane Island gas-fired plant near Orlando. Unit 1 is a General Electric LM6000 PA aero-derivative simple cycle combustion turbine 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 SCR.
For more information and to register visit www.power-gen.com.
Projects of the Year Awards Gala
Presented by Power Engineering magazine, the Project-of-the-Year Annual Awards Gala on Monday, Dec. 1, recognizes the world’s best power projects, honoring excellence in design, construction and operation of power generation facilities.
This highly-anticipated POWER-GEN International event begins with a cocktail reception, followed by a three-course dinner. The award winners –nominated by industry and selected by Power Engineering magazine editors–are named and presented with awards recognizing their exceptional contributions to the power generation industry.
The ticketed gala is open to the award winners, their guests and all POWER-GEN International attendees. Be a part of this special evening recognizing the best of the best in innovation and technology.
20th Anniversary Reception Featuring Starship
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Delegate Restaurant area, Exhibit Hall NA1
Orange County Convention Center
Join the fun to celebrate POWER-GEN International’s 20th anniversary with food, drinks and entertainment by the legendary 80s/90s rock band Starship. Featuring the voice of Mickey Thomas, Starship rose to the top of the charts with such hit songs as “We Built This City,” “Sarah,” “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” and “Find Your Way Back.”
Mickey Thomas began his career in 1976 as the lead vocalist with the Elvin Bishop Band and in 1979 replaced Marty Balin as the lead vocalist for Starship, which has also been known as Jefferson Starship and Jefferson Airplane.
Since Mickey joined Starship in 1979, every album released by the band has gone Gold, Platinum or Multi-Platinum. While enjoying an evening of food, drinks and great entertainment at this ticketed event, you’ll meet one-on-one with power professionals from around the world. Establish new business contacts, meet up with old acquaintances and network with colleagues while participating in POWER-GEN International’s milestone 20th anniversary party. Energy provider program participants and all international delegates are admitted free.
Monday, December 1, 2008
11:15am – Shuttle departs from Shuttle Drop-off location
11:30am-12:30am – Boxed Lunch served
12:45pm – Shotgun start/Tournament begins
Location: Rosen Shingle Creek
This course gets its name from the pristine creek that runs through it and is framed with lush tropical landscaping including tall oaks and native pines that border the entire resort. It’s a course designed to provide a challenge while being flexible enough to test your golf skills – even those who are less experienced!
With nice wide fairways, hard fast greens, well maintained and conditioned for PGA Tournament standards on a daily basis, this course is anything but ordinary!
Registration is first-come, first-served and is limited to 144 golfers. Sign up online at www.power-gen.com. Foursomes cannot be guaranteed if all participants are not registered at the time of the pairing request. The tournament will be held rain or shine.
Cane Island Power Park
Date: Monday, December 1, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Check-in at Shuttle Pick-Up, Level 1 of the Orange County Convention Center, South Building, at 9:00 a.m.; shuttle departs promptly at 9:30 a.m.
Located on 170 acres, surrounded by nearly 1,000 acres of protected wetland, Cane Island is in a partnership with the environment. Burning natural gas as the primary fuel, the Power Plant is capable of producing 410 MW. The Cane Island Power Park is a mixture of modern gas and steam turbine technology. 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 SCR. Space for this ticketed technical tour is limited, so register soon!