Call For Papers Topics

 

When submitting an abstract, you will be asked to select the theme and sub topic you wish to submit you abstract for. 

Should the topic of your abstract not be listed below, please chose the closest suitable topic available.

 

The themes and topics proposed are:

 

 Theme 1: Trends, Projects and Planning

 

 MARKET TRENDS 

  • Global & regional power market trends
  • Meeting growth in power demand
  • Country profiles: power policy, forecasts & planning
  • Regulatory issues: tariffs and pricing policy
  • Security of supply
  • Market structures
  • Privatization developments
  • Independent power producer frameworks
  • Environmental policy drivers
  • Renewables integration
  • Energy efficiency initiatives
  • Climate policy
  • Carbon trading
     

FUEL TRENDS

  • Fuel mix choices
  • Security of fuel supply
  • Pricing and markets
  • Nuclear power developments
  • New influences e.g. unconventional gas
  • Renewables in the energy mix
  • Interconnections

 PROJECT ISSUES

  • Project planning
  • Contract and legal issues
  • Asset management
  • Trends in suppliers, contracting, consulting or commodities
  • Project risk management and asset insurance
  • Skills resource, training & development
  • Notable project case studies – lessons learned
  • Emerging trends
  • Global supplier competition

 

 Theme 2: Finance and Investment

 

 FINANCE

  • Power project financing & capital markets
  • Carbon markets & finance
  • Liquidity analysis
  • Sources of debt financing
  • Clean energy funding
  • Accessing equity capital
  • Markets & financing
  • Overcoming finance barriers
  • Islamic finance
  • Multi-lateral funding

 

 INVESTMENT

  • Investment opportunities
  • Mergers and acquisition activity
  • Power trading & markets
  • Financial country spotlights
  • Managing risk
  • Attracting domestic & foreign investment
  • Political risk


 
 Theme 3: Optimizing Plant Operation


 

 
OPERATION & OPTIMIZATION

  • Plant operating experiences
  • Maintenance strategies
  • Servicing, inspection and outage management
  • Fleet management and performance optimization
  • Generator repair & service
  • Water treatment and management
  • Parts quality & reverse engineering
  • Environmental performance optimization
  • O & M case studies
     

MONITORING & CONTROL

  • Automation & monitoring
  • Control and electrical systems
  • Diagnostics, condition monitoring and optimization
  • Simulation & training
     

 UPGRADES AND REFURBISHMENTS

  • Refurbishment, repowering and life extensions
  • Improving prime mover economics
  • Boiler upgrades

 

 
 

 Theme 4: Power Technologies

 


 GAS TURBINES

  • Gas turbine technology
  • Combined cycle technology
  • GT plant case studies
  • Power augmentation
  • Fuel flexibility
  • Operational flexibility 
     

 STEAM PLANT

  • Steam plant technology
  • IGCC
  • Boilers and HRSGs
  • CFB technology
  • Supercritical & USC steam technology
  • Coal co-firing
  • Water steam cycle
  • Coal handling/management
     

 OTHER GENERATION TECHNOLOGIES

  • Reciprocating engines
  • Microturbines
  • Fuel cells
  • Waste to energy
  • Hybrid power technologies
  • Nuclear power technologies
     

 EMISSIONS CONTROL

  • Emissions control technologies
  • Combustion control
  • Decarbonization technologies
  • Carbon capture & storage


 

  Theme 5: Digitalization
 

 

 THE ENERGY CLOUD

  • Industrial internet
  • Big data handling
  • Extended customer information services
  • Smart meter and grid capabilities
  • Mobile computing
  • Mobile apps
  • Context-rich systems
  • Cloud computing
  • Web scale IT
  • New business models
  • Organizational transformation
     

INTERNET OF THINGS

  • Impact on power plants operation
  • Impact on transmission/distribution systems
  • Impact on operators’ skills
  • Development of integrated sensors
  • System compatibilities
     

 SAFETY AND SECURITY

  • Cyber security systems
  • Control systems protection
  • Network protection
  • Threat analysis
  • Security protocols
  • Component screening
  • System testing methodologies
     

 


 

 Theme 6:Integration, Storage and Distributed Generation

 

 
INTEGRATION

  • Integrating intermittent renewables 
  • Energy integration strategies and policies
  • Balancing supply/demand
  • Operational flexibility
  • Grid integration
  • Grid connection rules
  • Emergence of the prosumer
  • Changing role for baseload generation
  • Hybrid power plants
  • Replacing aging infrastructure
  • Fostering research & development
  • Smart grid
  • Interconnections and supergrids
  • Energy efficiency initiatives
  • Grid inertia – system stability & reliability 
  • Information and operational technology (smart grid)
  • Virtual power plants
  • Demand side management
     

 ENERGY STORAGE

  • Policy & regulation
  • Storage technologies
  • Storage case studies
  • Modelling
  • Role of pumped storage
     

 DISTRIBUTED GENERATION

  • Cogeneration/CHP
  • Urban energy solutions
  • Onsite power
  • Influence of distributed generation on the grid
  • Rural electrification
  • Prosumers
  • Micro grids
     


 


 

Theme 7: Renewable Energy

 

 STRATEGY

  • Renewable energy policy & strategy
  • Regulatory issues
  • Renewables energy mix
  • Utility renewables strategies
  • Renewable energy certificate initiatives
  • Building a domestic manufacturing industry
  • Achieving grid parity
  • Risk management, insurance, acquiring RE projects
  • Incentives for renewables
  • Rural electrification utilizing renewable energy
  • Addressing the skills shortage
  • Realistic pricing/tariffs
  • Electric vehicles, fleet management and renewables
  • Biofuel supply chain issues
     

 TECHNOLOGY

  • Hydroelectric power
  • Offshore wind
  • Onshore wind
  • Forecasting of wind power
  • Solar photovoltaics
  • Concentrating solar photovoltaics
  • Concentrating solar thermal
  • Solar thermal heating and cooling
  • Geothermal power and heat engines
  • Biomass/biogas/bioliquids
  • Hybrid power plants, (solar CCGT & solar coal, solar PV and thermal)
  • On-site renewables and building integration
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Improving forecasting, remote monitoring and systems management
  • New and emerging renewables
  • Site & resource assessment
  • Life extension/repowering/ renovation/operations and maintenance