Technical Tours

Every year, several technical tours of power facilities are offered as part of POWERGEN International. This year, attendees can choose from three exciting tours of local plants/facilities.

Cane Island Power Plant

Cane Island Power Park 

Date: Monday, December 3, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (check-in at 8:00 AM at the Shuttle Bays outside West Halls)
Fee: $65 - Space is limited (Approx. 30-minute bus ride each way; transportation included)

Located on one hundred seventy acres, surrounded by nearly one thousand acres of protected wetland, Cane Island is in a partnership with the environment.  Burning clean natural gas as the primary fuel, the Power Plant is capable of producing 710 megawatts of electricity. The Cane Island Power Park is a mixture of modern gas and steam turbine technology. Unit 1 is a General Electric LM6000 PA aero-derivative simple cycle combustion turbine that is primarily used for peaking. Unit 2 is a GE Frame MS7001EA in combined cycle with a Nooter Erikson triple pressure HRSG that provides steam for a GE Fitchburg axial exhaust straight condensing turbine. Unit 3 is a GE 7241FA+e in combined cycle with a Aalborg triple pressure reheat HRSG that provides steam for a GE A10 reheat steam turbine. Unit 3 was the first combined cycle in Florida to install a SCR.  Unit 4 consists of a GE 7241FA+e in combined cycle with a Vogt triple pressure HRSG that provides steam for a GE A14 reheat steam turbine. Including duct firing capability, this unit will produce 300 megawatts.

Please note: Attendees should plan to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, but no open toe shoes.  Backpacks and photography are allowed.

Orange County Convention Center PV Solar Installation

Date: Monday, December 3, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (check-in at 1:30 PM adjacent registration)
Fee: $20 
- Space is limited 

Your chance to view one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in the southeast! The roof of North-South Building of the Orange County Convention Center is home to a 1.1 MW photovoltaic array that was designed and installed by Johnson Controls. Costing more than US $8 million dollars and several years to construct, funding partners included the State of Florida and the local utility. The project went online in February 2010. You will also get a chance to view three experimental PV systems using different technologies designed to show the different types and properties of PV technologies. The tour will begin adjacent to the registration area in the West building.  The tour will start by walking out the doors to a 6.12 kW Thin-Film Laminate Pedestrian covering near the registration area.  It will continue with a short walk to the end of the building to see a 10.5 kW Micro-inverter system in which each PV panel has its own micro inverter attached.  Then a walk into the south parking lot to see the 10.64 kW Bi-Facial Array, a system where panel are attached on both faces with a white reflective surface to collect more sunrays. Attendees will then walk back into the building and take the freight elevators to the HVAC Penthouse level, where they view and learn about the inverters and other components necessary to run the solar array. Finally, they will step out onto the roof to take in the full array and ask questions about the project.  The tour will conclude in the South building. 

PLEASE NOTE: High heels are not allowed on the roof. There will be approximately 2 miles of walking, so please be sure to wear comfortable, soft-soled shoes.

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Wind Service Training Center Orlando

Wind Service Training Center Orlando - SOLD OUT

Date: Monday, December 3, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM 
(check-in at 8:30 AM at the Shuttle Bays outside West Halls)

Built based on LEED Gold green-building standards, the 40,000-square-foot Wind Service Training Center Orlando is located close to the global headquarters of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Inc. Service division and features the latest Siemens Gamesa's wind technologies which are used in the hands-on safety, technical, and professional development training. Two full-size nacelles (the generator hub of a wind turbine), three 22-foot high climbing towers, ladder structures, electrical and hydraulic modules, and service cranes are located within the center, making training, safety and rescue simulations as realistic as possible. A number of technologically equipped training labs and nine flexible formal classrooms are available to accommodate varying class sizes and meeting requirements.

Please note:  Closed toe shoes and long pants are required. Backpacks or bags will not be allowed on the tour, but may be left on the bus.  Photography is not allowed.