The power industry has an “identity crisis” among the public and is perceived as a “dinosaur industry” according to a senior boss at Mitsubishi Power Systems America.

David Walsh, vice-president of service and manufacturing at Mitsubishi, told the keynote session at Power-Gen International in Las Vegas yesterday (TUES) that the industry had to “get out of our comfort zone and get out there and speak about what we do”.

He said that the great strides made in gas power engineering of recent years was being overlooked by the public in favour of more high-profile renewables sectors, particularly wind and solar.

“Many young people do not know what this industry has done for the environment,” he said. “We are identified by many young people as a dinosaur industry. We have got to commit collectively to reverse our historic identity crisis. Precious little is known about what the industry does.”

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