Celebrating 25 Years

Issue 9 and Volume 117.

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By Russell Ray, Chairman, POWER-GEN International

POWER-GEN International, the world’s largest annual forum for the power generation industry, made its debut 25 years ago in Orlando, Fla. The inaugural event, “POWER-GEN ’88,” was small, with less than 100 exhibiting companies and about 600 registered attendees.

Today, more than 1,200 exhibiting companies showcase their products and services on the exhibit floor at POWER-GEN, and more than 21,000 people attend the three-day event. POWER-GEN International is returning to Orlando Nov. 12-14 for its 25th anniversary in what promises to be the most exciting POWER-GEN to date.

POWER-GEN International and its co-located events offer a wealth of networking opportunities with leading professionals and key decision makers. More than 300 speakers will share their thoughts on trends, technology and project development in more than 70 conference sessions.

To commemorate POWER-GEN’S 25th anniversary, PennWell will be recognizing the power generation industry’s 25 most influential people over the last 25 years. The industry’s most influential person will be named the week of POWER-GEN International 2013. The 25 most influential people were nominated and selected based on a poll of industry professionals.

Once again, POWER-GEN will come to Orlando with three co-located events: NUCLEAR POWER International; the POWER-GEN International Financial Forum; and the Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo. That’s four conferences under one roof.


James Rogers Peter Delaney David Dunning
James Rogers Peter Delaney David Dunning

The keynote session on Nov. 12 will feature high-ranking executives, including James Rogers, chairman of Duke Energy Corp., Peter Delaney, chairman, president and CEO of OGE Corp., and David Dunning, group executive of Fluor Corp. The plenary session will be a rapid-fire, content rich discussion featuring Michelle Bloodworth, vice president of Business Development for America’s Natural Gas Alliance, and Revis James, director of Generation Research & Development at the Electric Power Research Institute.


Presented by Power Engineering, the Annual Awards Gala begins Monday, Nov. 11 with a cocktail reception, followed by a three-course dinner and includes award presentations for Projects of the Year and Papers of the Year. The Papers of the Year recognizes the top papers in each conference track. The Projects of the Year Awards recognize the world’s best power projects, honoring excellence in design, construction and operation of power generation facilities. The award winners – nominated by the industry and selected by the editors of Power Engineering and – are announced and presented with awards recognizing their exceptional contributions to the power generation industry. The gala is open to the award finalists, their guests and all POWER-GEN International, NUCLEAR POWER International, Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America and POWER-GEN Financial Forum attendees.


At POWER-GEN, more than 40 conference sessions will be held under eight tracks: Emissions Control, On-Site Power, Plant Performance, Gas Turbine Technologies, Fossil Technologies, Environmental Issues, Demand Response, and Industry Trends/Competitive Power Generation.

Here’s a sample of the some of the sessions that will be offered: “Flexible Generation,” “Compliance Control Strategies and Technologies,” “Gas Turbine Technology Developments,” “Gas Turbines: An O&M Perspective,” “Steam Turbine-Generator Reliability, Availability and Efficiency,” “Multi-Pollutant Emissions Control Technologies,” and “How Demand Response is Impacting Utility Planning.”


The first POWER-GEN International Woman of the Year Award will be given to a pioneering woman from the power generation industry. Nominated and selected by a committee of her peers, the honor of being named the POWER-GEN International 2013 Woman of the Year will be given to a leader who has advanced the power industry in a meaningful way. The winner of the POWER-GEN International 2013 Woman of the Year Award will be announced during the Projects of the Year Awards Gala on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.


Technical tours of five power generation facilities and technologies will be offered on Monday, Nov. 11.

Cane Island

On 170 acres surrounded by nearly 1,000 acres of protected wetland, Cane Island burns natural gas as the primary fuel. The plant is capable of producing 710 megawatts of electricity. 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. 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 megawatts.

Curtis H. Stanton Energy Center and DSI Systems

With more than $275 million invested in state-of-the-art pollution control equipment, the Curtis H. Stanton Energy Center has the power to safeguard the air, water and quality of life in Central Florida. It is owned and operated by the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC). And, with a gross capacity of 1,833 megawatts, it also has the power to deliver reliable electric service both now and for generations to come. Unit 1 began commercial operation in 1987 and has a capacity of 450 MW. Unit 2 began commercial operation in 1996 and also has a capacity of 450 MW. It is the first pulverized coal unit of its size in the U.S. to use Selective catalytic Reduction to remove nitrogen oxide.

Stanton Solar Power Project

The 6-MW Stanton Solar Power Project, completed in December 2011, delivers clean, affordable energy to the OUC. The ground-mounted photovoltaic system, comprised of more than 25,000 poly crystalline panels, is located at the OUC’s Curtis H. Stanton Energy Center. A single axis tracking system increases output by up to 30 percent, and the system performed at 104 percent of estimated production during its first six months.

Stanton was the first solar farm in Orange County, Florida and can generate enough renewable energy to power more than 600 homes.

Culture Fuels Inc.

Culture Fuels Inc., an algae-to-fuels company based in Lakeland, Fla. has developed a patent pending hybrid cultivation platform FloatAlgae, a highly-productive, low-cost photobiorector that floats on a body of water. It significantly increases algal biomass density, which according to the company reduces the capital and energy needed for harvesting equipment. This improved engineering solution allows for the production of cost-competitive end products using natural algae strains. Visitors will be able to see the Culture Fuels laboratory.

PV Solar Installation

It’s one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in the southeast! The roof of North-South Building of the Orange County Convention Center is home to a 1.1 MW photovoltaic array that was designed and installed by Johnson Controls. Costing more than $8 million, funding partners included the State of Florida and the local utility. The project went online in February 2010. The tour will begin at the registration area in the West building and will walk across the pedestrian overlook bridge to the South building. Attendees will then take the freight elevators to the HVAC Penthouse level, where they 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 in the full array and ask questions about the project.


POWER-GEN International has covered it all, providing a world stage for the innovations, ideas and solutions that have defined the industry for two decades. Since its inception in 1988, POWER-GEN has evolved into the largest power generation event in the world.

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