POWER-GEN International trade show – the industry leader in providing comprehensive coverage of trends, technologies and issues facing the generation sector – was held from 14-16 December, 2010, in Orlando in Florida in the United States.

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Above: Pictured at the WADE Cocktail Reception at PowerGen International are Ralph Boon, Group Publisher, PennWell International Publications (left) with Darren Jamison, CEO, Capstone Corporation (right)

More than 1200 companies from all sectors of the industry exhibited at the event and more than 19,000 attendees came together at PowerGen International for a horizontal look at the industry with a key emphasis on new solutions and innovations for the future of power generation.

WADE joined with Capstone and Wärtsilä in hosting a reception one evening during the trade show for the conference delegates.

 

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 WADE Chairman Jim Crouse from Capstone Corporation (left) and Frank Donnelly, Wärtsilä North America (right)


WADE takes part in second annual Smart Grids Asia

WADE participated in the Smart Grids Asia 2010 trade show in Singapore, which brought together local and international representatives from the power transmission and distribution sectors, electricity policy drivers and regulators with information, communication and technology companies to discuss the implementation of leading edge digital technology to enable an intelligent and efficient electricity network.

The event was attended by government, utility and smart grid experts from across the globe, including Richard Bradley, the head of the Energy Efficiency & Environment division of the International Energy Agency (IEA); George Arnold, the national coordinator for Smart Grids Interoperability of the National Institute of Standards & Technology of the Department of Commerce of the United States; Xue Yusheng, Honorary President of the State Grid EPRI China; and Geoff James, Principal Research Scientist, Energy Technology of CSIRO Australia.

Sridhar Samudrala, the Director Asia of WADE, chaired the session on Microgrids & Distributed Energy Resource Management.

The conference helped identify new partnerships and business opportunities in Asia, which is now the fastest growing transmission and distribution market in the world.


WADE Presents a paper at PowerGen Asia, Singapore

WADE Asia Director, Sridhar Samudrala presented at the PowerGen Asia summit, the region’s premier conference and exhibition for the power generation, renewable energy and transmission and distribution industries, which was held in Singapore from 2-5 November, 2010.

Following a well-attended opening keynote, which saw Senior Minister of State for Energy & Industry and Education, S Iswaran, report on the recent developments in the Singapore electricity industry and announce the acceleration of the country’s LNG terminal expansion, the event saw three days of high level conference discussions among a nearly 700 strong delegation; and with almost 6000 industry professionals attending the exhibition.

The conference discussed many issues, ranging from future requirements for power generation to financing in light of the recent economic conditions, and from diverse renewable energy solutions to the need for nuclear power in the region to maintain energy security.


Waste-to-energy gasification plant for Costa Rica

New WADE member Bio Energy Costa Rica is expecting to break ground in Alajuela, in the north of Costa Rica, on what hase been described as the world’s largest waste to energy gasification plant in mid-March, coinciding with former United States Vice President Al Gore’s visit for a talk on ‘Climate Change: Developing New Economic Development and the Global Approach’.

On 17 March, WADE will be co-hosting a groundbreaking ceremony and conference, which will be attended by high level leaders from Costa Rica and from around the globe.

Bio Energy Costa Rica’s project (BEC/ONE) has been identified as ‘policy-changing’ for Costa Rica, influencing the direction of policies towards energy and environmental issues. Currently in the completion process for its environmental study, the project is designed to maximize the total utilization of waste through an emulsification process, which has been developed by ENTECH and is known as ‘advanced conversion technology’.

This process operates within an oxygen-deprived environment, subjecting waste to temperatures of approximately 500°C for up to 16 hours. The result is 100% degradation of the waste to inert ash. No incineration of waste material ever occurs. Neither does waste material ever come into contact with direct flame. Instead it is ‘cooked’ in a separate chamber to emulsify the waste.

ENTECH has more than 160 gasification plants in operation worldwide, which have accumulated a total of more than 16 million operating hours.

While some of the electrical output from the plant will be exported to the local grid, a portion of the output will also be used on site and in nearby industrial facilities. The plant will service the entire country through a series of weigh stations located strategically around the Costa Rica

When completed, this unique gasification plant will employ more than 300 workers, while replacing the need for landfills and simultaneously generating energy from solid and liquid waste.

For further information about the BEC/ONE project and for information about participation in the groundbreaking conference to be held in Costa Rica on 17 March, contact WADE at info@localpower.org.


WADE backs China Smart Grid Forum 2010

WADE participated in the China Smart Grid Forum in Shanghai, an influential conference on Smart Grid developments in China. The three-day event, held in conjunction with the China International Industry Fair, saw participation of key industry organizations from across the globe.

David Sweet, Executive Director of WADE, chaired the event and also moderated the panel discussion ‘What does and will smart grid promise to renewable energy’. The other members of the panel included ‘Zhang Dongxia, Deputy Director, Department of Trial Operation, State Grid Simulation Center, CEPRI; Ma Junhua, Senior Research Scientist, IBM China Research Laboratory; Wen Zhaoyin, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics; Chi Yongning, Deputy Chief Engineer, Renewable Energy Research Department of CEPRI. Results of real life case studies were presented.

The event, from 8-10 November, 2010, took place in Shanghai, of which the Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization recently issued the Plan for Promoting The Development of Smart Grid Industry (2010-2012).


 

WADE Canada to Co-Organize the Global Clean Energy Congress to be held in Calgary, Alberta, on 1-3 November, 2011

Along with dmg::events, WADE Canada is proud to announce it will be co-organizing the inaugural Global Clean Energy Congress, which will explore the latest innovations in clean energy technology from a global perspective.

This world-class event will be multifaceted, made up of an international and national conference programme, and thereby providing a platform for technology advances, financing strategies and business mechanisms as well as policy visions.

Workshops and training seminars for education and individual professional development will also feature within the Global Clean Energy Congress.

Finally, in support of the conference programme, there will be an innovation exhibition showcase of new products, services and technologies that support clean energy.

To participate in the clean energy revolution, please visit the website: https://globalcleanenergycongress.com/


 

WADE Canada presents at the Alberta Power Summit

The Alberta Power Summit was held in Calgary, Canada, on 16 and 17 November, hosted by Insight and Co-Chaired by Enmax’s Terry Tyler and Deborah Emes.

The programme agenda featured a great mix of traditional power topics of reliability and market structure but also included some presentations on renewable generation as well as the smart grid and emerging technologies.

Elizabeth Huculak, Vice President of WADE Canada, participated in the panel session on the Role of Renewable Energy in 2021, where she outlined the possibilities to grow market share for DE technologies and clean energy. Coal generation still represents over 40% of Alberta power generation and demand projections show a requirement for 7000 MW over the next 10 years, so there is lots of room for renewable energy in the Alberta mix. Other panelists advocated for bio fuel investment (Highmark Renewables) and described Alberta’s lack of competitiveness in renewable energy policy.

The Alberta Government is still contemplating investment in large-scale transmission, despite opposition from landowners and ratepayers. Several presenters promoted the need for more investment in renewable and decentralized technology, advances in smart grid and described other jurisdictions where clean energy policies and strategies were making headway. The event was reasonably well attended and provided an opportunity for industry participants to get updated on the latest developments.

WADE Canada’s present-ation can be viewed at: https://wadecanada.ca/WADECanada_Power_Summit_Presentation.html


 

Click to EnlargeWADE supports Green Mobility 2010 event in Shanghai

Green Mobility 2010 took place in Shanghai, China, from 11-12 November, 2010, as part of Asian country’s leading international trade fair ‘Energy Show’.

Chaired by WADE’s executive director, David Sweet, the event provided an interactive platform for decision makers and covered critical issues for advanced vehicles, including energy resources, batteries, vehicles and infrastructure. Discussions took place around policy initiatives, energy diversity, technology aspects, and commercialization within the field of advanced vehicles.

Representatives from more than 150 global organizations in renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental arenas participated in the event, which will reconvene on 22-23 September in Beijing. 

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