…to the first edition of the Power Engineering International Buyers Guide, which aims to help you in your power plant equipment and services purchasing decisions.

The Buyers Guide is divided into two main sections – a ‘Products and Services’ section and a Company Directory. For ease of use you will find a full index for the Buyers Guide on p.30-32.

In the Products and Services section, you will find an extensive listing of products and services relevant to the power industry, with the names of companies offering those particular products and services, together with their web addresses.

The Company Directory, which begins on p.63, comprises a comprehensive alphabetical listing of companies, with their full mailing addresses, contact telephones and fax numbers, and email addresses. Each entry also features a useful synopsis on the company’s activities and particular area of expertise.

Since this is Power Engineering International’s inaugural Buyers Guide we are keen to receive feedback from you the readers, so that we can improve the 2010 edition. Please email any comments and suggestions to peibg@pennwell.com.

To accompany the Buyers Guide we also feature an exclusive interview with Dr. Fatih Birol, the International Energy Agency’s chief economist, in which he discusses the implications of the current economic crisis for the power generation sector, and its potential threat to the global response to climate change.

The issue also features two review articles. Freelance writer Chris Webb, a nuclear power aficionado, reviews the status of new nuclear build – both under construction and proposed – across the globe, and argues that even in these financially uncertain times the so-called ‘nuclear renaissance’ is well under way.

While Alasdair Cameron, former assistant editor of our sister publication, Renewable Energy World, takes a look at how the renewable energy sector has performed over the last 12 months or so. He remains confident that this sector can weather the global recession.

As the industry continues in its search for the holy grail of reliable utility-scale coal fired power generation with cost effective carbon mitigation, PEi examines the Schwarze Pumpe demonstration project in Germany, the world’s first operational CCS pilot at a coal fired power plant.

With the agreement of an ‘energy and climate change’ package by EU leaders at the end of last year, which demands a cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2020, CCS demonstration projects such as Schwarze Pumpe are now more vital than ever if Europe is to achieve this goal.

I hope you find our Buyers Guide useful.

Kind regards,
Heather Johnstone,
Senior Editor