I am delighted once again to present to the latest edition of Power Engineering International’s Buyers Guide, which we hope will prove an invaluable tool when making the right plant equipment and services purchasing decisions. This remains a key objective despite reports that many of the countries and regions worst affected by the 2008 economic crisis are beginning to show signs of recovery.

Over the last 12 months we have been working hard to compile the most accurate and up-to-date product and services information and company contact details through our questionnaires and telephone research. However, nothing is ever prefect, so if you spot any errors or omissions, please contact us at peibg@pennwell.com so that we can continue to strengthen the information provided.

Our Buyers Guide is divided once again into three main sections: a Products listing, a Services listing, and a directory of companies’ contact information. To help you find what you are looking for quickly and easily, the Guide’s Index can be found on p.32 & p.34.

In the Products and Services sections, which start on p.35 and extend to p.47, you will find an extensive, although not exhaustive, list of companies that serve the global power industry, with each company listed under the product or service heading and subheading relevant to their business.

Our annual Buyers Guide aims to highlight as many companies as possible that are involved in supplying equipment and services to all sectors of the global power generation industry, as well as companies serving the industry’s associated T&D sector.

The section featuring the contact details of the companies is arranged alphabetically and starts on p.48. It features full mailing addresses and contact information such as telephone numbers, email addresses and website URLs, if supplied.

As in previous editions of Power Engineering International’s Buyers Guide we also feature a selection of interesting articles, covering diverse areas of the power generation sector.

I suppose you can now call this a tradition, as we once again publish a digest of the main findings of the International Energy Agency (IEA) latest World Energy Outlook (WEO) report (p.4). Published in November last year, this well-respected annual publication takes a very detailed, yet comprehensive look at the global energy sector, and assesses how its various component parts will evolve up to the year 2035.

This year’s report opens with an intriguing statement – “Many of the long-held tenets of the energy sector are being rewritten.” I suspect there would be very few professionals in the industry who would disagree with that.

The central premise of the report is one that has been building over recent years, which is the phenomenal shift in energy demand from the developed world to emerging economies. According to the report, emerging economies will account for more than 90 per cent of global net energy demand growth, with Asian energy demand growth being led by China this decade, but shifting towards India and, to a lesser extent, Southeast Asia after 2025.

One of the losers in the report is unsurprisingly Europe. Speaking at the launch of the report, Fatih Birol, the IEA’s chief economist said: “It has rarely been more critical in European history to have a sound energy policy as it is right at this moment,” – never a truer word said.

With this in mind and the likelihood of future renewable energy targets continuing to become ever-more ambitious in Europe, we also explore the opportunities offered by the humble gas engine to balance grids with high renewables integration in this issue. (p.14). In recent times, the focus has been on the new generation of high-performance gas turbines, however, there are concrete signs that attention is shifting towards gas engines for this application.

Finally, in our regular Talking Point feature, we asked several players in the international power industry whether they thought the global nuclear power industry was finally emerging from the cloud cast by the 2011 Fukushima incident. To find out what they said, go to p.10.

I hope this year’s Buyers Guide proves useful to you and I very much wish you a successful and prosperous 2014 whatever business area you are in.

Dr. Heather Johnstone   Dr. Heather Johnstone
Chief Editor
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