2018 CONFERENCE TRACKS

With FIVE new tracks in 2018, POWER-GEN International truly covers ALL forms of power generation broken up into 15 tracks. Nearly 300 industry experts from all over the world will present new solutions and innovations for the future. Full conference attendees will also earn 10 PDH credit hours. Make sure to register as a full conference attendee to take advantage of all these opportunities.

Professional Development Hours
Attendees registered as Full Conference Delegates are eligible to receive 10 hours of Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits. Instructions on how to access your certificate of completion will be automatically emailed to all eligible Conference Delegates following POWER-GEN International.

business trends & regulatory issues

BUSINESS TRENDS & REGULATORY ISSUES

Power professionals examine regulatory changes and economic forces impacting the global power generation market. In particular, panelists will discuss how technology, project development, system reliability, and asset management strategies are evolving to adapt to these market drivers. 

supply chain management

MICROGRIDS - NEW in 2018!

The rapid growth and development of microgrids is driven by a need for greater reliability and use of distributed energy resources. What’s more, microgrids offer power producers and their customers a way to better control energy costs. Sessions in this track feature thought leaders, project managers and power providers who will examine the latest developments in design, implementation, operation and regulation of microgrids.

Emerging International Markets

EMERGING INTERNATIONAL MARKETS - NEW in 2018!

Emerging markets must invest in new generation to keep up with their economic growth. In many cases, these regions are connecting citizens to the grid for the first time. Understanding the environmental, regulatory, technological and geographical challenges in these countries is crucial to executing a successful power project. Our panelists offer you advice in how to succeed in these emerging markets. 

Digital Solutions

DIGITAL SOLUTIONS AND CYBERSECURITY

While efforts to make more sense of the information collected from power generation equipment can improve a plant’s bottom line, they also increase a plant’s vulnerability to a cyberattack. In this track, experts will discuss the technologies behind this digital revolution and the efforts to protect the world’s power plants from the growing number of cyberattacks. 

Solar Power

SOLAR POWER - NEW in 2018!

The fastest growing new energy source year after year is solar power. From behemoth utility-scale installations to smaller behind-the-meter distributed generation, sessions in this track provide a look into photovoltaic technology including modules, inverters, balance of systems, trackers, and the smart software that makes it all work. 

supply chain management

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT - NEW in 2018!

Mismanaging inventory, parts sourcing and supplier relationships can wreak havoc on power plant operations. These sessions will help anyone wanting to better understand supply chain management in all areas of power generation, including coal, wind, natural gas, solar, and microgrids. The information will be invaluable for power professionals charged with overseeing procurement, purchasing, operations, and materials management.

power project financing

POWER PROJECT FINANCING  

Financing experts explore the financing options and strategies that work best in today’s power generation market. Among other things, panelists will examine liquidity issues, risk and return expectations, new development possibilities, and the financial and regulatory barriers to overcome in today’s tight financial market. 

clean coal

CLEAN COAL TECHNOLOGIES

There are many evolving clean coal technologies under development by researchers and power producers across the globe. These sessions offer attendees the latest information on clean coal technology and development, including carbon capture, coal combustion, boiler management, flue gas treatment, oxy-combustion, and gasification. 

Gas-fired power plants

GAS-FIRED POWER PLANTS

In these sessions, speakers will examine topics related to the chemistry, mechanics, operation, and construction of gas-fired power generation. Topics include generators, peaking systems, steam turbines, HRSGs, combined-cycle systems, boilers, and balance-of-plant systems. 

plant performance

PLANT PERFORMANCE

Panelists explore ways to improve and optimize the performance and reliability of existing fossil-fired power generation assets. Topics include: gas and steam turbines, boilers, heat recovery steam generators, automation/optimization and maintenance. 

energy storage

ENERGY STORAGE

The widespread deployment of cost-effective, grid-scale energy storage solutions is looming. The ability to store large amounts of power will help power producers fill the production gaps created by growing amounts of intermittent generation. This popular track will cover software solutions, capacity firming, battery life, frequency regulation, and microgrids. 

wind power

WIND POWER - NEW in 2018!

There are more than 500 GWs of wind power installed capacity across the world today and this number is expected to grow by at least 10 percent each year. Sessions in this track explore new and innovative turbine technology from the nacelle to the foundation, project development, O&M strategies, and markets for both onshore and offshore wind. 

gas turbine technologies

GAS TURBINE TECHNOLOGIES

These sessions cover a wide range of gas turbine-related topics, including technology advancements, simple cycle and combined cycle considerations, fuel flexibility, and operation and maintenance issues. In addition, major gas turbine OEMs will participate in a mega-session showcasing their latest innovations.

nuclear power

NUCLEAR POWER

Nuclear power is a great option for meeting the world’s clean energy goals. In fact, the industry is expected to expand each year through 2020. Among other things, these sessions will examine the economics of nuclear power, O&M strategies, monitoring, licensing, project development, and the development of small modular reactors. 

onsite power

FLEXIBLE GENERATION AND ONSITE POWER

Fluctuating demand for power and the intermittent nature of renewable generation means power producers are building large power blocks from either a series of small turbines or reciprocating engines. The need for more flexible partnering generation is at the root of this movement and has led to significant interest in evaluating these technologies for the specific needs of power producers.