These fully-scheduled, multi-location presentation programs on the exhibition floor are free and open to all POWERGEN International attendees.
Knowledge Hub session details will be available Summer 2019.
The power sector is getting stretched like never before. Rooftop and community solar, batteries and other storage options are contributing to this movement, allowing customers to be prosumers of their energy. Microgrids are creating generation islands, able to help critical functions continue even during outages. Meanwhile, gensets of various fuel types are also acting as key backup resources and to help mitigate the intermittency of weather-related resources. It’s a brave new world with an ever evolving learning curve. This hub seeks to bring the grid diffusion into clearer focus.
Gas-fired generation has seized a pivotal role not only in the U.S. -due to the shale revolution- but also worldwide. Yet natural gas is not easily stored on-site like coal and nuclear. So how does that resource go from wellhead to engine and/or turbine? What are the pipeline, finance and regulatory components to the shale plays and their impact on the grid?
The deployment of renewable energy is growing exponentially through the world, spurred by falling prices and customer demand for cleaner energy. Utilities have long known the value of hydro, but they also are scaling up solar and wind farm projects. Together these resources now account for close to 20 percent of the U.S. electricity mix and more in many countries. How do utilities integrate all of these variables? What does the future hold?
The modern power plant contains many of the same components its had for decades: boilers, gensets, cooling towers, pumps, etc. But the sensors and software which keep watch are expanding in scope, intricacy and data volume. Interconnectedness and communication systems vastly improve efficiencies, but also widen the vulnerabilities to outside intruders such as hackers. And advancing at the edges are new technologies in artificial intelligence and beyond. The brave new world offers rewards and risks.
There are more than 62,000 power plants operating in the world today. At least two-thirds of those are conventional power plants using steam turbine generators. The once and future impact of coal, gas and nuclear is undeniable and crucial to the generation mix. Some producers are experimenting with alternative fuel sources for the conventional plant. Above all, keeping it functional and adaptive is the task for power planners everywhere.