POWER-GEN Africa Best Papers highlight energy challenges and successes

As a record-breaking POWER-GEN Africa conference and exhibition comes to a close in Johannesburg, the winners of this year’s Best Paper awards have been announced.

The papers highlighted Africa‘s energy challenges and successes and represented a wide range of concerns, from advances in baseload power generation across a range of fuels and technologies to new fuels and renewables integration.

Indeed, the papers showed that a call for urgent action on energy challenges from George Njenga of GE Steam Power Systems, made at POWER-GEN Africa’s opening session, is being answered across the industry.

The winning paper on the technical track came from Candice Stephen, chemical engineer at South African utility Eskom, and was titled Reduction of WFGD water consumption through flue gas heat recovery for Medupi power station.

Highly Commended on the technical track was Technical evaluation of the Majupa power station 10,000-tonne coal silo failure mechanisms/factors from Andries Wild, corporate specialist in bulk materials handling, also with Eskom. à‚ 

Also Highly Commended was Efficiency of existing aging coal-fired plants by Remo Sheideggar, senior engineer with Clyde Bergemann.

On the strategic track, Wilfred Barkhuizen’s The captive power station contribution to the power system took first prize. Barkhuizen is general manager, power and energy at Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions.

Wayne Glossop, business development manager for southern Africa at Wartsila, won a Highly Commended award for The role of gas power in the South African power system.

Also Highly Commended was Holistic long-term training project to build capacity for effective operational management of power plants by Joerg Schulte-Trux, engineer with KWS PowerTech Training Centre.

A paper from James DiCampli, engineer at GE, titled Microgrids: system innovation for Africa took first prize on the renewables track, while A global energy utilities approach to sustainable rural electrification from Nic Allen, engineering manager with E.ON Off-grid Solutions was Highly Commended, as was Exploration of South Africa’s geothermal resources by Dr David Johnson, consultant with Royal Haskoning DHV.

Finally, on the distribution track, Sidwell Mtetwa, corporate specialist in transformers and reactors with Eskom, won first prize with The realized benefits from the improved asset management strategy on Eskom Transmission transformers and reactors.

Highly Commended in this category were The electricity consumer dialogue from Accenture’s Ken Robinson and Maanda Ramutumbu, and How microgrids contribute to the energy transition from Herve Bigeard of Schneider Electric. à‚ à‚ 

Congratulations to the winners!

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