Innovation and integration key to keeping Europe’s power flowing

POWER-GEN Europe 2013 to address the issues involved in meeting
Europe’s long-term generation challenge 

London, UK, 12 February 2013 – POWER-GEN Europe, the leading event for the international power industry, has announced its conference programme for this year’s show. Being held 4-6 June 2013 in Vienna, the conference will examine how system flexibility, integration, and technical innovation are critical to meeting Europe’s long-term generation challenge. It will also address the strategic challenges faced by Europe’s power industry, with decarbonisation targets, policy harmonisation, and market design topping the agenda. 

Economic conditions and business uncertainty have combined to create stagnation in much of the European power industry as it continues its efforts to meet decarbonisation, energy efficiency, and green energy targets. The intermittent nature of renewables is posing new challenges in respect of security of supply, making backup generation critical to filling in the gaps. Technical developments have therefore focused heavily on flexible gas-fired solutions and storage technologies, while the need to solve the intermittency challenge is one of the major factors driving interest in the smart grid. The integration of power grids is also gaining momentum, with a number of practical steps and investment decisions having already been taken in the areas of interconnection, large reinforcement, and offshore transmission. These are all issues that will be covered in the conference programme.

“The power industry cannot possibly address the pressing challenges faced unless it works together to identify the best possible solutions,” says Nigel Blackaby, conference director, POWER-GEN Europe 2013. “The POWER-GEN Europe conference provides an ideal platform for power industry professionals to share key insights, learn from best practices, and debate the key issues and challenges organisations are currently facing with some of the leading thinkers in the industry.”

The conference has been put together by an independent Advisory Board comprised of recognised experts from across the power industry and comprises six tracks related to the two core themes of technologies and strategies. The strategic tracks focus on the challenges regulatory uncertainty, trends in fuel choices, project development issues and the forces working towards and against greater energy policy harmonisation across all member states. Other topics addressed at this year’s POWER-GEN Europe conference will include: Thermal & Nuclear Power Plants; Electrical & Automation for Power Generation; and Operation, Maintenance, Refurbishment & Optimisation.

Now in its 21st year, POWER-GEN Europe, co-located with Renewable Energy World Europe, offers the largest and most comprehensive conference and exhibition for the European electricity and power technology sectors. The combination of conferences and exhibitions across the entire spectrum of power generation is unique and is serving the vital move towards integrating the traditional fossil fuel and fast-growing renewable generation sectors.

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About PennWell events

POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe are owned and organised by PennWell Corporation. These events form part of a series staged annually in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and provides exhibitors with an international ‘one-stop-shop’ for penetrating markets and presenting their products and services to a global audience. For delegates and visitors, the events offer a dedicated forum tailored to their specific regional needs, putting them in touch with suppliers of solutions to their particular problems. The conferences address topical issues critical to the development of power generation in the host region. 

  • POWER-GEN Europe

POWER-GEN Europe is the Continent’s premier conference and exhibition, and the place where the power industry comes to meet, share information and do business. A three-day event, it comprises a busy exhibition floor populated by major power industry players. Alongside the exhibition, a high-level multiple track conference offers insightful and thought-provoking presentations detailing the latest strategies and technology developments and delivered by leading experts in the power industry.

  • Renewable Energy World Europe

Renewable Energy World Europe encompasses the need for greater inclusion of renewable sources into the energy mix as governments strive to ensure the supply of power and electricity sufficiently meets the ever increasing demand.

About PennWell

Established in 1910, PennWell Corporation is a leading international multimedia provider of business intelligence, producing 45 print and online publications, and over 60 conference and exhibitions, research, databases, internet-based services and other information products to strategic global markets. PennWell POWER-GEN conferences and exhibitions are the world’s leading business-to-business power generation events, together connecting over 50,000 industry professionals each year. In addition to its headquarters in Tulsa, USA, PennWell has offices throughout the world, including England, Germany, Russia and Hong Kong, to provide its customers and partners with a truly global service.

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