The Chinese are said to ask “May we live in interesting times”, and for the global power industry the times dont get much more interesting than they are at the moment.
Which will make POWER-GEN Europe and its co-located events, Renewable Energy World Europe and Nuclear Power Europe, in Cologne next month more essential than ever as a place to share opinions, glean information and showcase the talents of Europes power industry players.
In this issue of PEi we look at the top-of-the-agenda issues affecting power companies in Europe, from the integration of renewables and the post-Fukushima nuclear landscape, to the progress – or lack of it – in carbon capture and storage.
All of these issues cross the desk of Berhnard Fischer, E.ON Generations chief executive, and ahead of his keynote speech at POWER-GEN Europe he gives us his thoughts on the European market and the challenges and opportunities within it.
We also offer case studies into initiatives which are pushing the envelope of power plant technology: how a power plant in the Netherlands has achieved the dream combination of high efficiency and operational flexibility, while another in the UK has made breakthroughs in NOx control; and how digital advances can allow power professionals to pool previously disconnected data into one vital information hub.
Looking away from Europe, we report on how Nigeria is implementing long sought-after changes to ensure that its people have that most basic of needs: power. Meanwhile, power concerns of a different matter are troubling the population of Japan, which, in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, wants to see viable alternatives to nuclear power. Will this bring about a substantial rise in commercial and industrial use of CHP? We investigate.
And we look at Australias renewable sector, which given the countrys abundance of solar, hydro, geothermal and wind resources, should be booming. But its not and the country will struggle to hit its own 2020 renewable targets. We find out why.
With the 20th POWER-GEN Europe poised to open its doors to an expected record attendance, the event takes as its theme ‘Integrating the Power Sector, and there could be no country more apt to host the event than Germany, where integration will be key to the energy mix demanded by a government that has scrubbed nuclear from the agenda. The ‘Integrating the Power Sector theme reflects both strategic and technical goals underlying European power policy and direction. By gathering together all strands of the power generation sector, debating these issues and sharing the latest technological advances, attendees will positively influence development and increase their understanding of the industrys shared goals.
I hope you enjoy this packed issue of PEi and look forward to seeing you on the floor of the Koelnmesse exhibition centre in Cologne at POWER-GEN Europe.
Heather Johnstone, PhD
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