POWERGEN International Week truly begins Monday, Nov. 18 with POWERGEN University. This year’s set of three, four and eight-hour PGU classes include detail educations on crucial power generation topics such as effective project management, gas turbine long-term service agreements, safety processes, digitalization, business plans for emerging markets, microgrids, cogeneration, machine learning, boiler technologies, building the generation fleet of the future and the consideration of natural gas vs. diesel for on-site power gen-sets.
The utility, which serves 2.9 million customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas, will play a central role at POWERGEN, the power generation event which attracts more than 15,000 attendees and close to 900 exhibitors annually.
POWERGEN also is renewing its focus on the end user of all these technologies both new and fundamental-the utilities. Among the experts speaking at the conference will include engineers and other specialists from AES, Duke Energy, Southern Co., Southern California Edison, Evergy, Exelon, Salt River Project, Public Service Co. of Oklahoma and WE Energies.
The tagline for this year’s EGSA pavillon is “Reciprocating Engines for a Reliable Microgrid.”
Earle Pfefferkorn, president of CleaverBrooks Package Boiler, talked combined heat and power markets and the company’s legacy in packaged boilers.
James Dietrich, senior sales director for Sarcos, showed off the company’s new Guardian S inspection robot during POWERGEN International in Orlando.
LS Energy Solutions President Jim Hoelscher talked with Teresa Hansen, vice president of content for Clarion Events, about being acquired by LSIS. He also said it was great to be at PGI in Orlando for both personal and professional reasons.
On Monday, Nov. 18, POWERGEN University will offer four-hour and eight-hour pre-conference workshops on a variety of power generation topics, including any of the tracks and topics listed in the call for abstracts. Teachers selected will share in any profits generated out of the courses.
The conference tracks include gas-fired turbine technologies, plant M&O, onsite power, renewables, energy storage breakthroughs, the future of coal-fired generation, money and rules, digital transformation of the power plant and microgrids.