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2019 Summit Tracks

Seven hand-selected, timely and relevant topical tracks designed to keep your experience organized, productive and... on track. We understand you don't want to leave a single stone unturned. So, here is your first step in prioritizing your list.

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Digital Transformation of the Power Plant

The generation sector features all kinds of resources and technologies, but the ones and zeroes overlay everything. Digital innovation and data analytics improve plant operations and maintenance, generation output and efficiency. At the same time, this data revolution carries the risks of cyberattacks that every utility must face.

2019 Track Chair:
Scott Affelt
XMPLR Energy

Featuring sessions of special interest to:
• control room supervisors
• digital engineers
• power plant managers
• reliability engineers
• utility IT managers

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Energy Storage Breakthroughs 

Many industry experts believe that utility-scale energy storage is the real game changer for the 21st Century power sector. 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, battery challenges, safety, financing and its grid balancing attributes.

2019 Track Chair:
Joyce Dasch
Emerson Automation Solutions

Featuring sessions of special interest to:
• consultants
• energy storage construction supervisors
• project developers
• systems engineers
• utility and project finance specialists

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Gas-fired Turbines and Plants

Natural gas-fired generation now accounts for the largest part of the U.S. electricity mix and is growing around the world. This track looks at best practices, as well as turbine technology improvements and challenges. The flexibility of new-era gas combustion turbines and engines are able to integrate with renewable resources.

2019 Track Chair:
Jay Butters
Kissimmee Utility Authority

Featuring sessions of special interest to:
• EPC firms
• gas-fired project engineers
• maintenance and operations personnel
• performance engineers
• power plant operators
• researchers
• turbine technicians and engineers

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The rapid growth and development of microgrids is driven by various needs and goals within utilities. Some find the integrated technology as a great way to ensure resiliency against storms, while others use it as a way to ensure energy security for crucial services such as hospitals, municipalities and the military. The key questions include costs, locations, design and operations.

2019 Track Chair:
Fred Wiesinger
Kingsbury Inc.

Featuring sessions of special interest to:
• design engineers
• electricial engineers
• energy storage developers
• microgrid control software developers
• microgrid project directors
• renewables integration specialists
• researchers

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On-site Power 

This track focuses at the center point of flexible generation. Gensets—whether diesel, gas or dual-fuel—are evolving to meet new needs and also provide power for isolated and industrial processes. They can be found at hospitals, oil drilling sites, microgrids and peaker power plants. On-site power generators are connected to a wide array of sectors that keep the economy going.

2019 Track Chair:
Dan Shelledy
Wartsila North America Inc.

Featuring sessions of special interest to:
• controls engineers
• generator sales and service
• genset technicians
• marketing officers
• mechanics, integration specialists
• power systems engineers

Sponsored by:

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Optimizing Plant Performance

The modern thermal power plant is still at the forefront of generation, accounting for 80 percent of the mix. Whether it’s gas-fired, coal-fired or nuclear, these power plants are engineering marvels.  In addition, they need an adaptive workforce to deal with mechanical and digital challenges now and in the future. Topics include: gas and steam turbines, boilers, heat recovery steam generators, automation/optimization and maintenance. 

2019 Track Chair:
John Grusha
R-V Industries Inc.

Featuring sessions of special interests to:
• boiler operators
• chemists
• cost engineers
• electrical engineers
• EPC firms
• equipment operators
• plant maintenance and operations managers
• plant managers
• safety specialists
• structural engineers
• turbine engineers

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The Future of Coal-fired Generation

Coal-fired generation is not going away any time soon. Although plant retirements are accelerating in the U.S. and other parts of the world, coal-fired power is still expanding globally and it currently maintains a third of the U.S. generation mix. This track will look at cycling, load, maintenance and the keys to long-term survival.

2019 Track Chair:
Bob Williams
Wolf Point Engineers & Contractors

Featuring sessions of special interest to:
• boiler operators
• clean coal professionals and environmental engineers
• emissions specialists
• maintenance operators
• plant managers
• power plant engineers
• safety specialists
• utility and power generation supply planners

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