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The POWERGEN International® Technical Program consist of technical deep dives on sector critical topics, with each stream focusing on a vertical discipline.  Sessions will cover topics that are important to personnel tasked with building, operating, and maintaining power plants.

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These sessions are vetted and curated by our advisory committee and in-house content team for excellence and thought leadership. The content is presented in a variety of formats including 60-90 minute technical workshops and seminars, panel discussions, presentations, and case studies.

Carbon Capture and Emission Controls

Carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies are gaining new attention as a possible path toward meeting decarbonization goals. Many governments and companies are investing in CCUS research and development, with pilot projects well under way. Additionally, EPA has proposed new emission standards for many coal and gas-fired plants that lean on technologies like carbon capture.

This track will focus on CCUS adoption and deployment, as well as the technical, economic, and policy challenges facing its widespread adoption. Speakers will also highlight state and federal emission regulations impacting power plant operations, as well as attainment goals and operational strategies to remain in compliance even as non-point-source air challenges increase.

Topics include:

  • Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) adoption and deployment
  • CCUS financing
  • Tax credits and incentives
  • Direct air capture
  • Regulatory issues
  • Emission standards for plants
  • Carbon pricing

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Decarbonization is shifting the generation mix and driving both short- and long-term decisions. Utilities are phasing out coal from their fleets, and renewable energy resources and zero-carbon sources such as nuclear are seeing interest from large-scale generators and power producers. But decarbonization faces several challenges, including balancing intermittent renewables, the need for energy storage of varying durations and the costs associated with transitioning from fossil fuels. At the same time, advances in technology and government policies are working to overcome these challenges and accelerate the transition to a lower-carbon future.

This track focuses on the latest regulations and incentives, resource planning strategies and net-zero goals. Topics include:

  • Resource planning
  • Carbon costs/taxes
  • Climate legislation (IRA and IIJA)
  • Utility-scale solar and wind
  • Zero-carbon generation sources
  • Gas-fired emissions reduction
  • Renewable fuels
  • Geothermal

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Energy Storage Deployment

The electric power sector is deploying a variety of energy storage options that range in terms of duration and technology. Lithium-ion battery technology dominates much of the talk about short-duration storage. However, long-duration or multi-day storage that use technologies like compressed air energy systems, pumped hydro and a host of novel battery chemistries are also being developed and deployed. This track focuses on the growing adoption of storage technologies, their ability to support growing volumes of renewable energy resources, operational challenges and pathways to their further adoption.

Topics include:

  • Utility-scale case studies and applications
  • Integration challenges
  • Non-battery storage solutions
  • Safe operations and best practices
  • System financing and viability
  • Hybrid power plants

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Microgrid Breakthroughs

The growth of microgrids is driven by a range of factors, including resiliency, economics and carbon reduction goals. Utilities are deploying microgrids in the face of increasing extreme weather events, while hospitals, municipalities, the military and others aim to provide energy security for mission critical services. Key issues discussed in this track include microgrid planning, costs, location, design and operations.

Topics include:

  • Case studies of new microgrids
  • Design and development
  • Generation options
  • Integration challenges and standards
  • Market drivers
  • Utility interaction with microgrids
  • Aggregation and Virtual Power Plants (VPP)
  • Mission critical microgrids
  • Regulatory Issues 

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Nuclear’s Evolution 

Nuclear energy currently enjoys more support than it has in years. Although small modular reactors and microreactors are still in their infancy, utilities and industrial end-users are showing a strong interest in their advanced designs that offer simpler construction and financing. Advanced reactors are targeted for commercial deployment by the end of the decade and could use coolants such as liquid metals, salts and gases. This track will offer the latest on new nuclear deployment plans, cost projections and the status of rapidly evolving public policy support.

Topics include:

  • Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and advanced reactor technologies
  • SMR economics and viability
  • State and federal policy support
  • Nuclear for hydrogen or desalination applications
  • Powering data centers or large-scale industrials
  • Supply chain and construction costs
  • Capacity and resource planning
  • Workforce issues

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Nano Nuclear Energy

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Optimizing Plant Performance

To compete, conventional plant owners and operators must strategically manage their assets and optimize operations and maintenance using the latest processes and solutions, including leveraging data to maximize the productivity of a highly trained and adaptive workforce.

Topics in this track include:

  • Workforce challenges and safety
  • Impact of equipment upgrades
  • Case studies on combined cycle, HRSGs.
  • Boilers
  • Cooling towers
  • New technologies for plant O&M
  • Life cycle management
  • Plant retirement strategies

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O&M and EPC Considerations for Utility-Scale Solar and Wind 

As with any generating asset, the performance and reliability of large-scale solar and wind equipment depends on an appropriate fleetwide operations and maintenance regimen.

This track will address performance and O&M issues, including project siting, major component health, operational risks, and balance of system issues that impact performance. Speakers will also discuss advanced data-driven methods that are being used for modeling and monitoring to improve plant efficiency. Issues related to cybersecurity also will be addressed, with a special focus on inverter electronics.

Solar topics include:

  • Siting and basic infrastructure issues
  • Solar cell degradation and microcracking
  • Inverter maintenance and replacement
  • Balance of system issues
  • Monofacial vs. Bifacial modules
  • Monitoring and forecasting

Wind topics include:

  • Turbine control systems
  • Monitoring and inspections
  • Major component repair including gearboxes
  • Repowering the aging fleet
  • Environmental factors
  • Installation challenges


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The Smarter Power Plant

Control room digitalization and rapid advances in sensors, control systems, simulation tools and artificial intelligence are driving efficiency gains from existing operations and enabling real-time data on plant health and performance.  In this track, experts will showcase the latest digital technologies that enhance decision-making, drive down costs and ensure that existing generating assets remain viable.

Educational sessions will explain and include case studies on the following topics:

  • Predictive maintenance
  • Digital twins
  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Data analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence/augmented reality
  • Sensors
  • Software solutions
  • Cybersecurity
  • Controls and communication
  • Blockchain technology

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Unlocking Hydrogen’s Power Potential

Hydrogen as a fuel for electricity generation or a way to store energy is integral in a decarbonized future. Government incentives are also expected to help scale up the U.S. clean hydrogen economy. Challenges remain to deploy technologies that can readily accommodate 100% hydrogen combustion in large-scale power plants. This track addresses the technical challenges that need to be addressed, from combustors to balance of plant modifications.

Topics include:

  • Advancements in hydrogen-powered turbines
  • Balance of plant considerations
  • Electrolysis and fuel cell technologies
  • Hydrogen production, transportation and storage
  • Project modeling and financing
  • Hydrogen hub initiatives
  • Policy incentives

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Decarbonization  Room 215
Optimizing Plant Performance

Room 210

The Smarter Power Plant Room 205
Unlocking Hydrogen’s Power Potential Room 207 
Energy Storage Deployments Room 213 
Nuclear’s Evolution Room 217
Microgrid Breakthroughs Room 208
Carbon Capture Room 220
O&M and EPC Room 219