20-25 May 2022
POWERGEN 2022

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Leadership Summit
Power Challenges Bigger than Texas: Addressing Resource Adequacy, Resiliency and Security in an Uncertain World with Rick Perry, Massoud Amin & Julia Matevosyan
Power Challenges Bigger than Texas: Addressing Resource Adequacy, Resiliency and Security in an Uncertain World with Rick Perry, Massoud Amin & Julia Matevosyan
The future of energy in Texas and the US is one of carbon-free promise, but numerous challenges face us in designing and operating an electrical system to meet the growing demand for power while ensuring resiliency, reliability, and security. How do we manage these challenges within a changing regulatory regime and with an evolving threat environment? Deepa Poduval, Vice President & Global Advisory Leader at Black & Veatch kicks off the Leadership Summit with a short introduction. Following his remarks will be a conversation with former US Secretary of Energy and former Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, Massoud Amin, professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, and Julia Matevosyan, Chief Engineer at ESIG Energy. This give-and-take discussion will offer a candid assessment of the policy, technology, and cybersecurity issues that are crucial to the bulk power system’s future.
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Conference
Development of a Coal Decarbonization Guidebook: Detailed Results from 135 Heat Rate Studies
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query_builder 1:00pm - 1:30pm
place D222, Second Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Development of a Coal Decarbonization Guidebook: Detailed Results from 135 Heat Rate Studies
In many countries coal power plants desiring to remain in operation must consider not only heat rate improvements, but also their flexibility to provide a backbone for expanded renewable energy generation portfolios. Falling under the umbrella term of “decarbonization,” there are many unknowns regarding the best paths forward. While heat rate and cycling/low-load improvement methods are well-known, there is a dearth of current reliable data on the potential benefits and costs of these methods. Thus, many plant owners and engineers rely upon outdated guidebooks and generic cost curves when assessing even high-level decarbonization options. Under the former EPA Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule, Black & Veatch conducted detailed heat rate improvement studies on 98 US coal-fired units, as well as 37 other global non-ACE heat rate studies. The result is a database of more than 1,700 individual heat rate improvement projects studied across 135 units. Each study utilized detailed boiler and turbine modeling, plant equipment analysis, logistics of implementation, co-benefits and associated risk factors, and cost estimation. This data set is both timely and unique, and the anonymized data will support global coal decarbonization and flexibility improvement efforts. This presentation will offer key findings from this database, and highlight the most efficient and cost-effective options found across this fleet, including a focus upon heat rate improvement options that also support decarbonization strategies via improved cycling and low-load performance. Finally, this presentation will list the heat rate improvement options that were eventually selected for deployment by plant owners, with discussion as to why these options were chosen.
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Conference
Improving Condenser and Cooling Tower Performance Is Cost-effective and Significantly Increases Plant Revenues
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place D222, Second Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Improving Condenser and Cooling Tower Performance Is Cost-effective and Significantly Increases Plant Revenues
The small but measurable deficit in an operating condenser and cooling tower performance that results in continual turbine backpressure losses of more than 0.1 in hg is often overlooked. However, that slight deficiency can cause a yearly plant revenue reduction of over $500,000 for a large nuclear facility. Since there are few new design advancements from the condenser and cooling tower manufacturers today, that leaves the burden of improving the performance of the cooling system to the utilities. Of course, condenser and cooling tower maintenance, such as the periodic cleaning of the tubes of the condenser, reducing air leakage, or clearing fouling from the cooling tower, are essential in keeping a level of performance.  But there are also other cost-effective equipment modifications that extend performance above any past backpressure deficiencies. This presentation will explore some of the simpler improvements that can be accomplished by modest, focused utility projects after an analysis of collected performance data or quantitative testing to define the specific shortcoming. These added condensers or tower improvements can also concurrently reduce the likelihood of plant down powering during extreme summer conditions which may become more frequent due to climate change. 
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Conference
Optimizing Maintenance and Reducing Carbon Emissions Through Digital Applications and Managed Services
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query_builder 2:00pm - 2:30pm
place D222, Second Level
card_travel Presentation, Tech Talk
mic English
Optimizing Maintenance and Reducing Carbon Emissions Through Digital Applications and Managed Services
Sponsored by Baker Hughes: The market is looking for outcome-based solutions to increase plant reliability and availability, reduce O&M costs and improve plant performance with a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In this session, Baker Hughes, with its proven expertise on equipment for energy-critical applications, will explain how it is defining a Digital Services Framework that addresses these market needs. The Digital Service Framework can permit partners to be sustained by Baker Hughes support and expertise while continuing to leverage their main asset management digital infrastructure through APIs and connectors. The advanced services outlined in the Digital Framework focus on predictive maintenance and emissions management capabilities.
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Leadership Summit
Decarbonization – Getting to 2035: Technology Interdependencies and Options - the View from “The Trenches” Across the Globe
Decarbonization – Getting to 2035: Technology Interdependencies and Options - the View from “The Trenches” Across the Globe
Heads of companies and thought leaders discuss specific challenges they have to meet their decarbonization goals or those set by government agencies, and how R&D can help individual companies and industries. The panel would focus on specific challenges and opportunities industries are facing, on electrification and its limits, and on specific measures/technologies needed.
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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
PTMW 3745
Power Plant Services 6146
Qualus Power Services 3827
Maddox 4245
Blue Wolf Performance Solutions 4516
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Leadership Summit
Meeting the Infrastructure Needs of the Net-Zero Future
Meeting the Infrastructure Needs of the Net-Zero Future
The always complicated process forced upon developers and builders of new projects for the energy sector gets more challenging and problematic every year. Financial constraints, technology, and connectivity needs, regulatory hurdles, political pressures, and, last but not least, environmental goals and challenges are not always in alignment, so utilities and their partners have hard rows to hoe in bringing those together. A significant part of our build strategy is now planning for weather-related challenges with hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters.  How do we prepare ourselves to keep the grid and infrastructure online or restore as quickly as possible when disaster strikes?  This session will look at how both utilities, developers, and partners navigate the building and install the intelligent equipment needed for Destination 2050. 
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Initiate
Startup Corporate Mixer, powered by Plug and Play Tech Center
Startup Corporate Mixer, powered by Plug and Play Tech Center
The Initiate Hub (booth #3755) will host an invite-only mixer on Monday, May 23rd, from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. This exclusive mixer will bring together startup companies and utility innovation managers for an informal hour of networking and connecting.
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Networking
Networking on Tap Reception
Networking on Tap Reception
Join your colleagues for a drink on the exhibit floor! Thanks to our sponsors there will be bars available throughout the exhibit hall located at each sponsor's booth.

Networking Bar Locations:
Company Booth Number
UBC Millwrights 5117
WEG Electric Motors 5025
S T Cotter Turbine Services Inc. 4139
Industronic Inc     4333
Tuff Tube Transition 4765
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Networking
Breakfast Roundtables
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query_builder 8:00am - 9:15am
place Ballroom C2 and C3, Second Level
card_travel Rountable
mic English
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Breakfast Roundtables
To register for the roundtables, click here!

These roundtable discussions provide excellent opportunities to network with peers while engaging with industry experts. Roundtables focused on specific industry topics are moderated by leading professionals in each field. The roundtables sell out quickly—don’t delay reserving your seat!
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