POWER-GEN Europe `97 is Europe`s largest information source for the international power industry

The 5th POWER-GEN Europe will be held in conjunction with Power Delivery Europe `97 in Madrid, Spain

For the first time, renewable and fuel cell generation technologies will receive special attention at POWER-GEN Europe, with a conference track which can be attended separately from the rest of the conference. The track was added to acknowledge the growing importance of clean energy all over Europe. This section will include market opportunities in the renewable energy sector, the increasing role of renewable energy in Europe, a forum on renewable developments in a liberalized market and conference papers on fuel cell, hydroelectric, solar, wind, geothermal and biomass fueled generation.

Power Delivery Europe ?97, held for the first time in conjunction with POWER-GEN Europe, will have two tracks?system development and operation and transmission and distribution equipment and technologies?with 40 papers scheduled for presentation. The Power Delivery conference will focus on power delivery in a changing environment. It will highlight driving forces for changes in the power industry, transmission and complementary services; pricing and future developments; system operation in a competitive market; network planning and system interconnections; new technologies; substations, switchgear and substation equipment; power lines and cables; and maintenance and rehabilitation.

In addition to lectures and presentations, there will be a workshop on maintenance, roundtable forums on opportunities in the electricity industry in Europe, a forum on opportunities in the electricity industry in Latin America, a panel discussion of the profile of the energy company of the future and an in-depth session on the necessity for standardization in the power and process industry.

POWER-GEN Europe will feature eight tracks of technical papers:

1. strategies and trends;

2. economic, finance and projects;

3. steam plant rehabilitation and technology advancement;

4. environmental technologies, life extension and cogeneration;

5. IGCC;

6. gas turbines, gas engines and combined cycles;

7. plant management; and

8. renewable and fuel cell generation techniques.

The keynote session is scheduled to include speeches from Minister Josep Piqu?, Ministry of Energy, Spain; Mr. Pablo Benavides, Director DG XVII, European Commission, Belgium; and Mr. I?igo Oriol, Chairman of Unesa, Spain.

This year?s show, the fifth annual POWER-GEN Europe, is scheduled June 17-19, 1997, in the Feria de Madrid/IFEMA international conference and exhibition centre. The IFEMA is the ideal setting for POWER-GEN Europe ?97. The conference and exhibition will take place in hall 3 and in the conference centre. To ensure the exhibiting companies good traffic during the opening hours, a complete new, temporary main entrance is being built in the back of hall 3.

The IFEMA is a modern venue, sited close to the international airport along the highway to Madrid. It is only five minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from downtown Madrid.

More than 6,000 participants from approximately 70 countries are expected to come to Madrid. As in the past, important groups with decision makers in the central and eastern European power industry will be present. Groups registered at press time included four groups from Poland, two groups from Slovenia, one group from Croatia and two groups from the Czech Republic. The Central Group, a group representing MVM from Hungary, CEZ from the Czech republic, Polish Power Grid from Poland and the Sep from the Slovak Republic is also registered to participate.

The conference is the forum for suppliers and for the electric utilities from all over Europe. The support of the Spanish utilities is considered important due to recent developments in Spain and the many business opportunities in Latin America. Six national pavilions will be present from Germany, the Netherlands, US, Greece, Finland and the Czech Republic. Around 300 exhibiting companies are expected.

The POWER-GEN Europe ?97 Innovation Awards will recognize the best project or product in the fields of strategy (tracks 1 and 2); steam power plants (tracks 3 and 4); gas turbines, gas engines and combined cycles (tracks 5 and 6); plant management (track 7); and renewable and fuel cell generation techniques (track 8). An independent jury will select the best project or product in each of the fields from the presentations during the technical conference. The awards will be presented to the winners on the exhibition floor on June 19.

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POWER-GEN Europe`s technical conference will include 191 papers on power generation to be presented in eight tracks: strategy and trends; economic, finance and projects; steam plant rehabilitation and technology advancement; environmental technologies, life extension and cogeneration; IGCC; gas turbines, gas engines and combined cycles; plant management; and renewable and fuel cell generation techniques.

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Left, based on last year`s attendance figures, conference organizers anticipate more than 6,000 participants at this year`s show. POWER-GEN Europe `97 will be held at the Feria de Madrid/IFEMA conference hall in Madrid, Spain, on June 17-19. English and Spanish translation will be available.

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Right, this year POWER-GEN Europe will be held in conjunction with Power Delivery Europe, a separate conference focusing on issues, technology and trends in power delivery. This year`s conference will look at driving forces for changes in the power industry; transmission and complementary services; pricing and future developments; system operation in a competitive market; network planning and system interconnections; new technologies; substations, switchgear and substation equipment; power lines and cables; and maintenance and rehabilitation.