At the closing reception of POWER-GEN Europe at Cologne on Thursday, the best conference speakers were honoured for their contributions during the event.

The ABB-hosted Best Paper Awards reception involved all participants at POWER-GEN Europe, Renewable Energy World Europe and Nuclear Power Europe.

Alstom's Benedicte Prodhomme and CEO of Pennwell, Bob Biolchini

Judges from the expert conference programme Advisory Boards selected the Best Paper Award winner for each conference track, based on outstanding concept and content.

There were also two highly commended papers in each category.

Michael Gessner, Director-General of the Mining Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia was winner in Track 1: Strategies for the European power industry, with his paper, “Flexible Conventional Power Plants to Supplement Renewable Energy – The Pathway to a More Efficient use of Gas and Coal.”

Alstom’s Benedicte Prodhomme’s paper “Oxy-Combustion Large-Scale Demonstration: A Key Step in CCS Deployment”, merited her award in Track 2, Reducing the carbon footprint of fossil power generation.

Track 3 featured papers on Gas fired power technology, with Wartsila’s Niklas Wagar winning the award for his “Smart Power Generation with Flexible Gas Engine Concepts” paper.

Giovanni Mainini of Ansaldo was recognised in the Coal firing, biomass combustion and energy from waste category for his speech, entitled “Ansaldo Caldaie Coal Biomass Co-Firing Testing Experience”.

In the Electrical instrumentation and control category, the winning presentation was 470MVA Generator Lifetime Extension in Walsum, Germany, by Waldemar Kowalski.

Track 6: Refurbishment, operation, maintenance and optimization was won by Mirko Bader for his paper, Effect of the Higher Flexibility Demand on Coal Firing Power Plant.

Renewable Energy World Europe oversaw a winning entry from Christoph Brunner of EnBW, for his study, Effects of increasing renewable energies and additional storage capacity on the spot price mechanism for electricity in Germany, while Nuclear Power Europe’s integration track saw Bernd-Rainer Mueller recognised for his paper, Sustainable economic efficiency by the enhancement of output and extension of plant service life – a steam turbine retrofit at Leibstadt nuclear power plant in Switzerland.

CEO of Pennwell Corporation, Bob Biolchini presented the prestigious awards on the afternoon, to conclude POWER-GEN Europe 2012.

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