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POWER-GEN International 2015: Hot Topics

01 / 07

Coal-to-Gas Conversions

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Stricter environmental regulations and aging facilities have prompted power producers to retire a substantial amount of coal-fired capacity in the U.S. Much of that capacity is being replaced with natural gas, which is cleaner and now more affordable than years past. By converting coal-fired boilers to natural gas, plant operators avoid having to add costly emissions control equipment or closing the plant altogether. Attend “Options to Maximize Value of Existing Coal Plants” Dec. 9 to hear more about coal-to-gas conversions.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><i>Image: Alabama Power’s Ernest C. Gaston Electric Generating Plant</i></p> </div>

02 / 07

Combined Heat and Power

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">TCombined heat and power (CHP), or cogeneration, is a highly efficient, reliable and resilient manner of generating power. Though not a new method of power generation, CHP is seeing renewed interest across the industry, thanks in part to low natural gas prices, tougher emissions standards and a presidential executive order. CHP plants recycle waste heat produced during power generation. By capturing and using or selling that waste heat, CHP plants can achieve near twice the efficiency as conventional power stations while, at the same time, producing half the emissions. Hear what experts have to say at the Dec. 8 POWER-GEN International 2015 session “CHP Trends in North America.”</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><i>Image: Great River Energy’s Spiritwood Station</i></p> </div>

03 / 07

Emissions Retrofits

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">More stringent environmental standards are forcing power plant operators to make tough, sometimes costly decisions to achieve government-sanctioned greenhouse gas reduction rates. New emissions control technologies can be fitted to coal, natural gas and other fossil fuel-fired plants, capturing carbon but at a high cost. A number of new, cost-effective solutions are in various stages of testing. With the release of the EPA’s Effluent Limitations Guidelines and publication of its Clean Power Plan, emissions control is top of mind this year at POWER-GEN International and will be the topic of discussion at a number of sessions Dec. 8 through 10.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><i>Image: Dry Sorbent Injection System, NAES Corp.</i></p> </div>

04 / 07

Energy Storage

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Utilities and grid managers their sights set on a large-scale energy storage system that would cover periods of peak demand, filling the gaps created by the intermittency of renewables and creating a more reliable and efficient grid. So far, however, such a system that is cost-effective is yet to exist, but technological advances are promising, so much so that the research firm Navigant Research posits energy storage could become a $21.5 billion market by 2024. Experts with Duke Energy, Younicos and more will discuss “Utilities’ Perspective on Energy Storage” during a Dec. 9 panel.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><i>Image: Southern California Edison</i></p> </div>

05 / 07

Gas Turbines

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Increased use of renewables and lost coal-fired capacity in the U.S. require gas-fired power plants to be more flexible and reliable than ever. In a growing trend, North American utilities are looking at upgrades for their gas plants to balance the intermittency of renewable energy. Some turbine manufacturers, like GE and Siemens, have introduced new technologies that allow power plants to start up and shut down at different times, rather than run continuously. Gas turbines will be discussed during various sessions at POWER-GEN International 2015.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><i>Image: GE’s 9H Gas Turbine</i></p> </div>

06 / 07

Large-Scale Solar

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Experts expect the cost of solar power generation to continue falling as it has in recent years. With more than two dozen gigawatts of solar projects in various stages of development across the U.S., utility-scale solar generation is nearly tantamount to fossil fuel-fired generation. However, while the market has room for growth, says Katherine Gensler, director of government affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the expiration of federal investment tax credits at the end of 2016 has created uncertainly in the industry. Attend the Dec. 10 panel, “The Impact of Explosive PV Growth on the Operating Profiles of Traditional Geneartion,” to hear more about the large-scale solar trend.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><i>Image: Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System</i></p> </div>

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POWER-GEN International 2015: Hot Topics

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">The world’s largest power generation event – POWER-GEN International – is in Las Vegas, Nevada Dec. 8 through 10. Power Generation Week 2015 features five events under the same roof: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.power-gen.com/index.html?cmpid=internal-slideshow2015" adhocenable="false" rel="noopener noreferrer">POWER-GEN</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.renewableenergyworld-events.com/index.html?cmpid=internal-slideshow2015" adhocenable="false" rel="noopener noreferrer">Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nuclearpowerinternational.com/index.html?cmpid=internal-slideshow2015" adhocenable="false" rel="noopener noreferrer">NUCLEAR POWER International</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.coal-gen.com/index.html#showcase_4?cmpid=internal-slideshow2015" adhocenable="false" rel="noopener noreferrer">COAL-GEN</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.energyhubforums.com/genforumpgi.html?cmpid=internal-slideshow2015" adhocenable="false" rel="noopener noreferrer">GenForum</a>. More than 200 speakers are being featured in more than 70 conference sessions. Here are a few of the topics they will cover.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><b>To register, visit</b> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.power-gen.com/register.html?cmpid=internal-slideshow2015" adhocenable="false" rel="noopener noreferrer">www.power-gen.com</a></p> </div>