20-25 May 2022
POWERGEN 2022

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Conference
Island(ed) Microgrids: The Benefits of Implementing Microgrids in Isolated Regions
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place D225, Second Level
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mic English
Island(ed) Microgrids: The Benefits of Implementing Microgrids in Isolated Regions
Island communities face unique challenges when it comes to managing their power grids, including extreme frequency fluctuations, unpredictable weather, and limited resources. Local utility Guam Power Authority (GPA) provides electricity through an electric grid that includes, about 1,800 miles of transmission and distribution lines with a load of about 200 MW.  
 
To provide a resilient energy system, GPA deployed two energy storage systems: one battery to mitigate solar fluctuation, and the other to provide active frequency support coordinated by two sophisticated controllers. The two controllers provide real-time asset control: renewables ramping, smoothing, real and reactive power control, and energy shifting by leveraging the battery system. 
 
This presentation will explore the unique challenges islands face, and the specialized solutions available to them, using Guam’s challenges as a case study.
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Knowledge Hub
The Energy-Water Nexus: Opportunities and Case Studies for Renewable Energy Production & Energy Market Drivers in the Water Industry
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place 5925, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Presentation
mic English
The Energy-Water Nexus: Opportunities and Case Studies for Renewable Energy Production & Energy Market Drivers in the Water Industry
This presentation will begin with a general overview of the role and importance of energy in the treatment of water and wastewater. It will include background in on the energy usage for the treatment of water and wastewater facilities and a review of the renewed focus for “resource recovery” and driving net zero for energy neutrality at these facilities. The presentation will particularly focus on the opportunities for renewable energy generation at water treatment facilities. It will include some detailed review of two functioning case studies of renewable energy generation at several wastewater facilities. One project case studies include a operational project in Greater Lawrence Sanitation District in Andover, MA. This facility receives outside source separated organics (SSO) which are diverted from municipal solid waste and serves as a feedstock to the facilities anaerobic digestion process. The digestion process produces biogas which is utilized onsite in a 3.2MW combined heat and power (CHP) system which generates power and heat utilized onsite. The second project case study will be an overview of the bioenergy program at the Des Moines Wastewater Reclamation Facility (WRF) in Des Moines Iowa. This facility receives over 20,000 tanker trucks a year of outside organic wastes. These organic wastes are fed to anaerobic digesters which generated significant flows of approximately 1,800 scfm of biogas. The biogas produced is fed to a Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) processing system which processes the biogas into high-quality RNG for pipeline injection. This presentation will include a detailed review of the project drivers, economics, and revenue generated from the program which successfully started up for pipeline injection in early 2020. The presentation will also include a discussion on the policy implications of both the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and state (California Low Carbon Fuel Standard - LCFS) including an overview of the Renewable Identification Number (RINs) environmental attributes and the fuel pathways applicable to biogas and RNG produced from these sources. It will include various revenue scenarios applicable to renewable energy generation projects under these federal and state programs. The presentation will wrap up with an overview of the synergy between energy and water including a review and overview of industry drivers and opportunities for energy generation and private partners in the water industry.
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Conference
Our Industry’s Siloed Approach to Managing Visitors and Contingent Workers Is Creating Unacceptable Risk
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place D227, Second Level
card_travel Presentation, Tech Talk
mic English
Our Industry’s Siloed Approach to Managing Visitors and Contingent Workers Is Creating Unacceptable Risk
Sponsored by Force 5 Solutions: Most power utilities have a fragmented approach to managing risk at their points of entry. Here, safety, security, and compliance often make decisions in silos and deploy a disconnected technology stack. At this intersection is great risk. Geared toward safety and security leaders, we’ll provide examples from power utilities across all six NERC regions and discuss how we can strengthen the points of entry (from substations to generation to corporate lobbies) in every location of our critical enterprises.
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Island(ed) Communities: The Benefits of Implementing Real-time Grid Controls in Isolated Regions
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place D225, Second Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Island(ed) Communities: The Benefits of Implementing Real-time Grid Controls in Isolated Regions
Island communities face unique challenges when it comes to managing their power grids, including extreme frequency fluctuations, unpredictable weather, and limited resources. Local utility Guam Power Authority (GPA) provides electricity through an electric grid that includes about 1,800 miles of transmission and distribution lines, with a load of about 200 MW.  

To provide a resilient energy system, GPA deployed two energy storage systems: one battery to mitigate solar fluctuation, and the other to provide active frequency support coordinated by two sophisticated controllers. The two controllers provide real-time asset control: renewables ramping, smoothing, real and reactive power control, and energy shifting by leveraging the battery system. 

This presentation will explore the unique challenges islands face, and the specialized solutions available to them, using Guam’s challenges as a case study.
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Knowledge Hub
Keeping the Whole Dam Thing Running: The True Cost of “Running to Failure”
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place 5245, Exhibit Floor
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mic English
Keeping the Whole Dam Thing Running: The True Cost of “Running to Failure”
Sponsored by SPI Utilities Solutions: Failures often stem from lapsed and deferred maintenance and cleaning routines and can lead to financial losses that rapidly add up. This is the story of how both innovative technology and insightful thinking were used to determine fault locations that led to unplanned outages and establish maintenance programs that allow power plant maintenance teams to affect repairs and safeguard against future failures. 
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Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Utility Scale Wind Energy Projects
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place D220, Second Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Utility Scale Wind Energy Projects
As new wind farms are developed and existing farms repowered, thoughtful consideration must be taken into the technology selection and layout of the project. There is a new trend in the wind energy industry that leverages new large-scale wind turbines with rated capacity that is significantly higher than the industry standard over the past 5 years. By taking advantage of these new designs, there are also additional benefits in regards to wind resource capacity factors due to increased hub heights. Large scale technology ultimately allows for broader project adoption in previously underutilized geographies. Additionally, new innovations in the area of wind turbine support structures, including novel tower and foundation design; allow for the realization of cost effective tall towers and optimized turbine foundations. Such foundations utilize much smaller amounts of concrete and reinforcing steel. The application of some of the new novel foundation designs, would vastly reduce the amount of CO2 emissions that occur within the concrete, steel fabrication and the overall transportation emissions. Innovation in blade design is also a large factor in enabling the deployment of such large turbines. Lastly the infrastructure that is put in place, for example access roads and collection system within the project site, will be reduced due to less turbines required to achieve the targeted power generation capacity. Collectively all the above trends lead to significant reduction in carbon footprint for the operational project. This results in a smaller number of utilization factors for the construction activities and eventual operations and maintenance. This reduced carbon footprint comes with cost benefits pertaining to construction, O&M and lifetime extension mechanisms that are put in place for these projects. This session will focus on strategies, technology and methods for the reduction of carbon footprint for forthcoming utility scale wind power projects.
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The Promise & Practicality of Gas Turbine Power Plants in the Drive for a Carbon-Neutral Power Grid
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place D226, Second Level
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mic English
The Promise & Practicality of Gas Turbine Power Plants in the Drive for a Carbon-Neutral Power Grid
Renewable energy has disrupted the energy marketplace. Fuel is free for renewables, and coupled typically with “must run” governmental requirements, they are the first to dispatch on the power grid. Wind and solar are a function of the weather and can experience rapid swings in load. The result of this type of highly variable power demand is that gas turbine power plants must effectively respond to the load swings and capture periods of profitability. It’s called “chasing renewables” and is highlighting operational limitations of the installed base of gas turbine power plants in a time where reducing maintenance cost are more critical to maintain profitability. Alternative fuel combustion offers the potential of a low-cost energy source for power generation. Some of these fuels, such as those produced as by-products at petrochemical plants and refineries, can be readily available, and absent the ability to ‘flare this gas’, it awaits the implementation of robust gas turbine combustion systems to harness their energy in a meaningful way. Additionally, Hydrogen also has the ability to be a ‘battery fuel’ as excess energy produced by wind and solar can be used to produce hydrogen through electrolysis. Pertaining to gas turbine combustion, hydrogen is a highly reactive fuel and presents challenges for industry standard dry low NOx combustors to switch between natural gas and hydrogen fuel blends while remaining stable and with NOx emissions always below stringent emission limits. Significant concerns regarding emissions compliance, combustion dynamics and stability must be addressed prior to operation on these fuels. This presentation will highlight successful retrofit solutions for both small and large heavy-duty combustion turbines that are in commercial operation today, offering significant benefit to the operator’s profitability and the environment. • Transformational changes in the way power is being generated today • Operational Flexibility of gas turbines in a renewable dominated grid • Challenges of hydrogen as a fuel for gas turbines • Technology platforms proving safe combustion of hydrogen fuel mixtures • Solutions established today and in active development
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Initiate
Optimized Sciences Pitch
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query_builder 1:45pm - 2:00pm
place 3755, Exhibit Floor
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mic English
Optimized Sciences Pitch
Dominion Energy Innovation Center's DEIC Accelerate program introduced 15 startups to dozens of business units across Dominion Energy in its first two years. In this session, Adam Sledd of DEIC and Michael Beiro of Linebird will discuss how the program creates value for both the utility and the startups.  They will cover how a startup can maximize its opportunity to quickly build customer relationships, and how the utility benefits from creating a formal framework to engage startup companies.
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Conference
Hybrid Analytics to Improve Steam Generation Plants
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query_builder 2:00pm - 2:30pm
place D227, Second Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Hybrid Analytics to Improve Steam Generation Plants
The future role of coal plants will depend on the ability to cycle and follow loads to meet marginal power demands, accommodate renewables and support the grid. Essential to success in this new role is a plant’s ability to maintain high reliability, efficiency and flexibility. However, these changing operational demands put significant stresses on power plant components that directly impact the ability to deliver these requirements. In the past, plants have independently monitored performance using physics-based solutions (heat rate, boiler losses, etc.) and reliability using data-driven analytics (advanced pattern recognition). This presentation will share results from a DOE-funded project to improve the efficiency, reliability and flexibility of existing coal-based power plants using a Hybrid Analytics Solution. The Hybrid Analytics Solution utilizes a novel approach to integrate: a) an established, advanced data-driven analytics solution that includes artificial intelligence, advanced pattern recognition and machine-learning techniques and b) a well-proven, first principle thermal heat balance model solution. The Hybrid Solution integrates machine learning based data analytics with thermal analysis in a manner that enables increased accuracy and scope of the thermal analysis resulting in improved ability of the data analytics to monitor changes in plant operation. A fully operational Hybrid Analytics Solution has been installed at a 600MW coal-fired plant at Ameren and is being used to monitor outcomes 24/7 as part of the fleet monitoring initiative. Initial results reveal that the Hybrid Solution may be able to recognize patterns of operation involving the fuel composition, excess oxygen, measured gas temperatures, air leakages, tube bank metal temperatures and heat transfer rates, fuel moisture content, steam/water temperatures and boiler efficiency. With the hybrid analytics solution operators will be able to understand these patterns to find “sweet-spots” where plant performance is optimized and optimize control strategies for flexible plant operation.
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Networking
Cantina Reception
Cantina Reception
Take 5 for a drink and a quick chat at our cantina receptions located throughout the exhibit hall.

Networking Bar Locations:
Company Booth Name
Black & Veatch 4811
Flanders Electric 6045
PTMW 3745
Qualus Power Services 3827
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