I am delighted once again to present Power Engineering International’s annual ‘tome’ that is our POWER-GEN Europe Special Issue. As in previous years, we hope to offer you a veritable information feast whatever your particular area of expertise: whether conventional power, nuclear power, renewable energy, or the transmission and distribution of electricity.
One of the reasons behind the broad spectrum coverage in this month’s issue is to reflect the diverse nature of POWER-GEN Europe and its two co-located events, Renewable Energy World Europe and Nuclear Power Europe. Power Engineering International is proud to be the flagship media sponsor for the POWER-GEN Europe event.
With the terrible devastation caused by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami on 11 March and the subsequent (and ongoing) nuclear emergency at the Fukushima Daiichi power complex fresh in people’s minds, this month’s cover story assesses what the impact might be on Europe’s power generation mix if countries in this region turn their back on new nuclear.
We also tackle the complexities of power plant insurance – seen as a necessary evil by many. To help you navigate this minefield, Mark Ritson of UIB, a leading independent, international insurance and reinsurance Lloyd’s broker, provides ten essential facts that all power company managers and engineers should know about the world of insurance.
One criticism regularly levelled at renewable energy resources, such as wind and solar power, is that they are only economically viable because of continued generous government subsidies or feed-in tariffs and that more effort should be made to achieve grid parity. Freelance journalist Geoff Nairn focuses on Spain’s concentrating solar power (CSP) sector, which has bloomed over recent years, and looks at the challenges to drive down costs so that CSP can ultimately become subsidy-free.
In its 2010 review of the ‘state of play’ of carbon capture and storage (CCS) activities and projects worldwide, the Global CCS Institute highlighted that China has one of the fastest growing CCS industries in the world. Penny Hitchin, a regular contributor, looks at CCS development in China and asks whether Europe’s leadership in this field could be under threat in the not-too-distant future.
We also speak with Dr. Chris Floyd, president of EUTurbines, the European association of gas and steam turbine makers. He gives his opinions on the importance of a common energy policy in Europe, and also shares his outlook on the future of the region’s turbine industry.
At Power Engineering International we are always keen to feature novel technology, and it doesn’t come more novel than a small underwater nuclear power plant. André Kolmayer, head of French group DCNS’s civil nuclear programme, outlines how the concept works.
Finally, since this is the POWER-GEN Europe Special Issue, it features a special section on the event. Here you will find an overview of the power market in Italy and a more detailed report about the country’s renewable energy sector.
Nigel Blackaby, who is conference director of POWER-GEN Europe and associate editor of Power Engineering International, also highlights some of the key issues that will be aired at this year’s event and how the industry might handle them.
Finally, for those attending this year’s POWER-GEN Europe we include a handy city guide for the cosmopolitan city of Milan.
POWER-GEN Europe, Renewable Energy World Europe and Nuclear Power Europe are taking place 7–9 June, 2011, at the Fiera Milano, Milan, Italy. I hope to see and meet many of you there.
Dr. Heather Johnstone,
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