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POWERGEN International highlights – Trailblazing energy innovation from Dallas

POWERGEN International got underway at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas on Monday 23 May.
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After a two-year break, POWERGEN International was back with a bang, engaging with producers, utilities, EPCs, consultants, OEMs, and large-scale energy users who are embracing the clean movement towards Destination 2050.

POWERGEN International got underway on Monday, 23 May, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas with a series of pre-conference utility university classes.

These 4- or 8-hour courses were designed for in-depth education about the electricity industry and included courses on industrial control systems, project management, and diversity, equity and inclusion for electric utilities.

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The first day also included keynote addresses by U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and former Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.

Perry’s message in support of fossil fuels and nuclear energy would have landed well with part of the audience, but others may have been surprised that he railed so hard against “so-called experts”.

Perry’s remarks contrasted with those by the current US Energy Secretary, Jennifer Grandholm, who was at pains to point out how much the current administration is supporting renewable energy and nuclear as well as the Energy Earth Shots aimed at boosting emerging technologies like long-duration energy storage.

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POWERGEN International Day 2 featured breakfast roundtables on topics like cogeneration, the future of coal, microgrids and more.

Other highlights included NextEra and Exelon taking part in a panel discussion on “Priming the Utility Workforce to Improve Operations and Outage Planning” as part of the Optimising Plant Performance.

Also, Mitsubishi Power’s Hari Gopalakrishnan demonstrated models at POWERGEN to compare system costs of battery and hydrogen-based projects.

Gopalakrishnan demonstrated Mitsubishi Power modeling of a 1.5GW decarbonised system in the southern U.S. during the year 2045. But the company also models systems in other parts of the country with different renewable profiles. Mitsubishi Power then incorporates the modeling results into implementing projects on the ground.

In addition, the Day 2 keynote featured futurist Nancy Giordano, who offers her vision on the changing nature of work in the post-pandemic world.

Highlights from day two

The third and final day of POWERGEN International 2022 featured 14 conference sessions, ranging from a technical presentation about optimising the performance of a heat recovery steam generator to a high level look at where the energy industry is now, and where it will be in 10 years.

Day three highlights

Initiate in the news

And finally, Amperon, Rapid Water Technologies and Resilient Power were chosen as winners in the 2022 Initiate! Competition at the co-located POWERGEN International and DISTRIBUTECH International events.

32 startups participated in the competition this year, with technologies focused on microgrids, drones, EVs and more. Duke Energy was the title sponsor for Initiate!

Learn more about POWERGEN International or plan your visit for 2023 in Orlando, Florida.

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