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

As previously, the guide is divided into two main sections – a ‘Products and Services’ listing and a ‘Company A to Z’. To make it as easy as possible to locate what you are looking for a full index can be found between p.24-28.

In the Products and Services section, which is located between p.30 and p.44, you will find an extensive, although not exhaustive, list of products and services for the global power industry, with the company name located beneath each heading or subheading.

The listing is relevant to all forms of power generation – from fossil-fuelled power plants to the latest solar power facilities and from large-scale hydroelectricity to nuclear power, as well as the efficient transmission and distribution of electricity.

The Company A to Z, which begins on p.46, comprises an alphabetical listing of companies, with their full mailing address and contact details, including telephone number, fax number and email address. Each entry also includes a short description on the company, highlighting its main activities and areas of expertise.

As always we aim to ensure that the information presented in the Buyers Guide is as accurate and up-to-date as possible – it is compiled from our own questionnaires and telephone research. However, if you spot any errors or omissions, please let us know by emailing, so that we can make the 2011 edition even better.

With 2009 now well and truly behind us, it is easy to think it was all doom and gloom as the global economic downturn continued, but it wasn’t all bad news. In this issue we feature an in depth round-up of the power industry stories that hit the headlines, highlighting the ‘ups’ as well as the ‘downs’.

Also in this issue, we feature two review articles – one focusing on the nuclear power industry and the other highlighting the waste-to-energy market.

Last year, the German Federal Ministry of Environment commissioned a report looking into the status of the world’s nuclear industry. We present the report’s main findings and discuss their implications for the future development of nuclear power across the globe, particulalry in relation to new entrant countries.

In Europe and increasingly elsewhere ‘landfill’ is a dirty word, and not just literally, yet a growing subsection of the power industry sees it as a potential fuel. However, despite this the waste-to-energy (WtE) industry’s desire to turn rubbish into a resource remains controversial. Chris Webb, our freelance writer asks: can it convince a sceptical public that the combined goals of ‘zero waste’ and sustainability are worth keeping the WtE dream alive?

We hope you find our Buyers Guide useful, and I wish you a successful and properous 2010.

Kind regards,
Heather Johnstone
Senior Editor


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