CHIEF EDITOR’S WELCOME

It gives me great pleasure to introduce Power Engineering International’s annual Buyers Guide, which we hope will prove a comprehensive and invaluable tool when making your plant equipment and services purchasing decisions.

This is the third edition of our Buyers Guide and this year we have divided it into three main sections: a ‘Products’ listing, a ‘Services’ listing, and a companies’ A to Z with full contact details. A full table of contents can be found on p.24″27.

In the Products and Services sections, which extend from p.28 to p.49, you will find an extensive, although not exhaustive, list of products and services for the global electric power industry, with the relevant companies’ names placed beneath each heading
or subheading.

The listing is relevant to all forms of electricity generation ” from coal and gas fired power plants to the latest wind and solar power facilities, and from large-scale hydroelectricity to nuclear power ” as well as to the efficient transmission and distribution of electricity.

The companies listing begins on p.50 and comprises an alphabetical listing, with full mailing addresses and contact details, such as telephone numbers, email addresses and website URLs, if supplied. Each entry also includes a short description of the company, highlighting its main activities and areas of expertise.

Our continued aim is to ensure that the information presented in the Buyers Guide is as accurate and as up-to-date as possible ” it is compiled from our own questionnaires and telephone research. However, if you spot any errors or omissions, please send an email to peibg@pennwell.com, so that we can make next year’s edition even better.

We feature our traditional roundup of last year’s headline news stories. Without doubt, 2010 was another challenging year in economic terms, but overall the global power industry weathered it well. You can find all the industry’s ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ on p.6″10.

We also feature an article from Penny Hitchin, one of our regular contributors, who looks at the burgeoning area of unconventional gas resources, such as shale gas and coal bed methane, across the globe (p.12″16). Could this resource fill the gap between dwindling indigenuous natural gas reserves and the growth in demand for gas fired power generation?

On p.18″22 you will find a feature exploring the tidal power sector. Although still a nascent industry, it looks set for a bright future. PEi talks to the leading developers that are using the European Marine Energy Centre, located off Scotland’s Orkney islands, to find out about the latest technologies and projects, and the potential for harnessing tidal power worldwide.

I very much hope you find this year’s Buyers Guide useful and I wish you success aplenty in 2011.

Kind regards,
Heather Johnstone, PhD
Chief Editor

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