Calgary, Canada: WADE Canada co-organised the three-day inaugural Global Clean Energy Congress and Exhibition in Calgary, Alberta, on 1–3 November 2011. Key stakeholders included Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC), Enmax, EnCana Natural Gas, GE Canada, Government of Alberta, and Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary.

In November, the Global Clean Energy Congress brought together leading experts in the field of clean energy technologies and innovations

A global platform to demonstrate, discuss and debate clean energy strategies and technologies, the event helped attendees and delegates move their companies towards a cleaner tomorrow.

Bringing together leading experts from around the world in the field of clean energy technologies and innovation, Global Clean Energy Congress 2011 attracted participants from more than 20 countries to network and learn about the clean energy industry.

The conference explored the challenges and provided a greater understanding of how to successfully navigate industry transformation in a socially responsible, economically feasible and environmentally sound manner. Topics explored included energy efficiency and on-site generation, renewables, nuclear, hydrogen, cleaner hydrocarbons, optimised integration, supply & demand, and financing mechanisms.

The ‘Innovation Playground’ on the exhibition floor offered a hands‐on demonstration opportunity for attendees to see the latest innovations and clean energy technology in action.

Featured presentations at the event included: two major announcements from GE Canada/NRGreen and Virgin Earth Challenge; keynote speakers such as Jeremy Rifkin from the Foundation on Economic Trends, Ian Goldin of Oxford University and Judy Fairburn of Cenovus; and concluded with an inspiring panel of young and seasoned professionals challenging us all to be leaders in the clean energy revolution.

The Virgin Earth Challenge unveiled 11 finalists from an original 2600 submissions to the world for the first time at the event.

Cogeneration – a win-win approach for energy efficiency increases in Southeast Europe

Electricity company EVN Bulgaria recently launched a cogeneration plant worth 100 million levs (€51 million) in Bulgaria’s second largest city of Plovdiv. The investment is a fresh ‘cash injection’ for the local economy. The plant is the most modern facility of its kind in the Balkans, with the capacity of 49.9 MW electrical power and 54 MW thermal.

By commissioning the new cogeneration unit, EVN Bulgaria will increase its efficiency by 20%. Dr Erwin Pröll, the governor of Lower Austria, expressed confidence that Bulgaria will continue to make steps towards improving energy efficiency, which is a prerequisite for positive development of its economy.

The latest market opportunities in the green energy sector will be outlined at the forthcoming 8th South-East European Congress and Exhibition on Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy and SEE Solar (28–30 March, Sofia, Bulgaria). Cogeneration, on-site renewables and financing of energy efficiency and renewable projects will also be highlighted on the programme.

Leading companies will showcase a diversity of solar, bio-energy, wind, geothermal and cogeneration energy systems and energy-saving technologies at the Exhibition.

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2nd World Smart Grid China Focus 2011 addresses key challenges and issues for strong smart grid development in China

Ju Ning, country manager, WADE China, at the 2nd unconventional Gas Asia Summit held in Beijing from 6–9 December 2011

Beijing, China: The 2nd World Smart Grid China Focus 2011 was held on 8–11 November 2011.

The event saw power utilities, government policymakers and associations, regional and provincial power grid companies, and power grid institutes come together to address key challenges and issues for the development of a strong and smart grid in China.

David Sweet, WADE’s executive director, chaired the conference, which included speakers from the United States, the EU and China.

WADE Participates in POWER-GEN International 2011 conference and exhibition in Las Vagas

Las Vegas, USA: WADE participated in POWER-GEN International 2011, held on 13–15 December 2011.

The conference and exhibition saw a record-breaking attendance across the three days of more than 20,000 visitors from 92 countries, including 1200 exhibitors, international delegations and industry experts.

WADE works closely with the organisers of POWER-GEN International 2011 to make sure that on-site power is strongly represented in the conference programme as well as in the exhibition.

Various conference sessions, with a focus on industry trends, technologies and projects, were held during the three-day event.

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