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All the world’s a stage with international delegations, panels at POWERGEN

A stroll around POWERGEN International is like a walk around the world in three days.

The biggest annual event focused purely on the power generation sector features attendees and speakers from dozens of nations. Four events, in particular, will bring in experts from Italy, South Korea, Africa, Algeria and beyond.

POWERGEN International is Tuesday, Nov. 19 through Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

The Italian Trade Agency is sponsoring “The Future of Hydrogen and the Power Industry,” a 10:30 a.m. CT Tuesday, Nov. 19 session taking an in-depth look at how electrolysis and carbon-free hydrogen can help remake the conventional power sector.

The moderator for the ITA event is Paddy Young, group director of European Utility Week for the Clarion Power and Energy series, which also includes POWERGEN International. Panelists will be Jeffrey Benoit, vice president of product management and marketing for Italian energy firm Ansaldo Energia; Florian Gruschwitz, manager of international business development for Germany’s MAN Energy Solutions; and Steve Szymanski, director of business development and government for U.S.-based Nel Hydrogen.

The Italian Trade Agency event is 10:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Nov.19 in Room 207.

Later in the day Tuesday, the U.S.-Korea Power Industry Summit will also be held at the Morial Convention Center. The informative session with Korea Hydro and Nuclear Co. will focus on advanced energy technologies within the nation.

The U.S.-Korea Power Industry Summit will feature presentations on South Korea’s advanced technology from companies such as Sung Il Engineering, International Electric Co., Young Poong, Handol Pumps Ltd., Wesco Electrode Co and others.

The event runs from 2:40 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Room 224 of the Morial Convention Center.

On Wednesday afternoon, a group of energy officials from Africa will give insights on the continent’s energy planning and future. Robyn Kessler, Executive Director of Middle East and Africa for the U.S. Department of Commerce, will offer the official U.S. government welcome to the African energy delegation.

Theophilus Asante-Darko, direct of energy for the Electricity Company of Ghana, will give a market update on west Africa, while other speakers will address the situations in the eastern and southern regions. Ryan Tramonte, private energy officer and liaison to the U.S. DOC for Power Africa, will detail this nation’s government support for U.S. exporters and give an overview on Power Africa, Prosper Africa and other initiatives.

The African Energy Insights Briefing will begin at 2p.m. CT in the Initiate! Hub (booth 800) on the POWERGEN exhibition floor.

Finally, POWERGEN visitors from Algeria will bring their experts for a two-hour panel presentation on Thursday, the event’s finale day. The Algeria Panel Presentation will feature introduction of business opportunities in that nation for both conventional and unconventional power generation.

Speakers will include representatives from the Algerian Power Generation Co., the Electricity & Gaz Engineering Co., KBB Partners and Sonelgaz, among others. The moderators will include Michele Smith, senior commercial officer with the U.S. Embassy in Algiers; and Ismael Chikhoune, president and CEO of the U.S.-Algeria Business Council.

The Algerian event is also in the Initiate! Hub at exhibit booth 800. It will run from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday.

(Rod Walton is content director for Power Engineering and POWERGEN International.)