12 October 2009 – At an awards ceremony that marked the final day of POWER-GEN Asia 2009 in Bangkok on Friday, awards were given to authors of papers ranging from nuclear through to hydropower, reflecting the diverse nature of debate at POWER-GEN Asia and the co-located Renewable Energy World Asia.
Top honours in Track One at POWER-GEN Asia went to Melanie Grimmitt from Pincent Masons for her paper, “New Build Nuclear Power: the Legal Building Blocks Commercializing nuclear power – analysis and regulatory challenges” with Sithiwoot Tongsrichantra from Proactive Energy with his paper on linking biomass cogeneration to Thailand’s PEA transmission network, being judged by an expert panel to have been best in Track Two.
Track Three’s winner was a paper jointly authored by Christoph Rademacher and Willibald Fischer from Siemens for their paper, “SGT5-8000H Irsching test results and new single shaft reference power plant concept.” In Track Four, the winner was Tallat Mahmood from Alstom with his case study on the integrated retrofit project at Poland’s Belchatow unit 6.”
POWER-GEN Asia was held at the IMPACT Exhibition Centre in Bangkok and, along with Renewable Energy World Asia, attracted a record 6800 attendees from 7-9 October. Around 520 conference delegates attended the conference, which offered 5 tracks and over 30 separate sessions. “We are delighted with the quality of papers and presentations this year and the number of power industry professionals here to listen to them,” said conference director Nigel Blackaby. “Speakers and delegates seemed keen to focus less on the economic conditions and more on future developments in the industry with a particular emphasis on the role of renewable energy,” said Blackaby.
Commenting on the conference, Tim Probert deputy editor of Power Engineering International magazine, said “The downturn may have stunted demand growth, but let there be no doubt that virtually every country on the continent of Asia has a desperate shortage of power generation capacity, particularly in the ASEAN region.”
Other conference papers that were highly commended by the awards committee were:
Developing nuclear power, sharing EDF’s experience in the French program – Jean-Christophe Philbe, EDF
How to mitigate CDM project risk to maximize certified emission reduction value – Sarayudth Keakamthong, EGAT
Avoiding carbon ‘lock-in’ for new power plants in Asia through “Capture-Ready Design” – lessons learned from regional case studies – Philip Napier-Moore, Mott MacDonald
Selective catalytic reduction (SCR) retrofit to coal fired plants – Rory Matheson, Mott MacDonald
Lagisza 460MWE supercritical CFB -design, start-up and initial operation experience – Timo Jantti, Foster Wheeler Energia Oy
Uprating and modernization in a 500MW fossil steam turbine – Won-Ho Son, Doosan Heavy Industries
Alarm management principals for process optimization – Carsten Beuthel, ABB
Bottom ash solution – submerged scraper conveyor: the latest technology – Dennis Piontek, Alstom Power
Thailand’s Hydropower Construction Project 20009 – a case study – Anupharp Wonglakorn, EGAT
Thailand’s VSPP programme: how communications Theory & Practices can promote this renewable energy initiative – Chris Webber, University of Manchester.