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4:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: Booth 11090

It’s a known fact that a diverse, inclusive workforce increases a company’s profitability. Hear about how people are working to increase D&I in the hydroelectric industry, and learn the fruits of their (read more...)

Moderator
Diana Shannon
Ecologist
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Karen Ashley
Chief Division & Inclusion Officer
American Electric Power
United States

4:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: Booth 7102

As energy sources evolve worldwide, what will the transmission grid look like? How will it change? How will various energy storage technologies (including pumped storage hydro) fit in? Hear from experts about modernization, big data and (read more...)

Moderator
Roger Clarke-Johnson
Western Region Manager
American Governor Company
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
S M Shafiul Alam
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Idaho National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Anudeep Medam
R&D Engineer
Idaho National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Dan Berrien
Vice President of Engineering
American Governor Company
United States
Co-Author
Kim McGrath
Director of Business Development
Maxwell Technologies
United States
Co-Author
Mayank Panwar
Research Scientist
Idaho National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Rahul Kadavil
R&D Engineer
Idaho National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Rob Hovsapian
Scientist and Engineer
Idaho National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Stephen Boorman
Engineering Manager
Idaho Falls Power
United States
Co-Author
Thomas Mosier
Research Scientist
Idaho National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Vahan Gevorgian
Research Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Vladimir Koritarov
Water Power Program Manager
Argonne National Laboratory
United States

4:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: Booth 11063

Energy from ocean waves and tides is a next-frontier opportunity for waterpower, and speakers in this session will discuss several topics affecting this industry, such as how to deal with biofouling under harsh marine (read more...)

Moderator
Bryson Robertson, PhD
Co-Director, Pacific Marine Energy Center
Oregon State University
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Andrea Copping
Senior Program Manager - Marine and Coastal Waters
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States
Speaker
Reenst Lesemann
Chief Executive Officer
Columbia Power Technologies
United States

6:00 PM-6:30 PM
Room: Booth 7102
Speaker
Bill Crowley
Sales Manager, Modernization
Voith Hydro Inc.
United States

10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 11090

Rehabilitating and modernizing aging plants and equipment provides ample benefits and copious challenges. Case studies illustrate rehab work on a variety of systems, with results gained and lessons (read more...)

Moderator
Fred Wiesinger
Director of Engineering
Kingsbury Inc.
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Richard Harvey
Mechanical Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States

10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: Booth 7102

Pumped storage hydro makes up 95%+ of all current energy storage capacity, but other technologies such as batteries can provide flexibility to operating hydropower plants. Hear about how hybrid systems can provide local and grid-scale (read more...)

Session Chair
Kevin Young
President
Young Energy Services
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Matt Hensley
Plant System Owner
AEP
United States
Speaker
Thomas Mosier
Research Scientist
Idaho National Laboratory
United States

10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: Booth 11063

Hydro project owners have continued responsibility to ensure the cybersecurity of their facilities. Learn about the latest requirements and considerations, as well as tools available to help simplify this daunting (read more...)

Moderator
Ed Turkaly
Cybersecurity Solution Architect – North America
Baker Hughes
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Chris Shepherd
Director of Information & Critical Infrastructure Security
Gannett Fleming
United States
Co-Author
Natalie Bruer
Security Analyst
Gannett Fleming
United States
Speaker
Kristopher Schehr
Founder / Chief Scientist
Rearden Logic, Inc.
United States
Co-Author
James Volk, P.E., PMP
Vice President of Engineering
Segrity LLC
United States
Speaker
Max Wandera
Director, Cybersecurity
Eaton
United States

12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Room: 11090

Generators and other electrical components are evolving, and working on these components provides unique obstacles. Speakers cover recent electrical work completed, with a goal toward sharing best practices with the (read more...)

Moderator
Jim Miller
Consultant
Signal Hydropower Consultants, LLC
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Ben Jenkins, P.E., PMP
Electrical Engineer
Idaho Falls Power
United States
Co-Author
Mayank Panwar
Research Scientist
Idaho National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Rob Hovsapian
Scientist and Engineer
Idaho National Laboratory
United States

12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Room: Booth 7102

Micro-grids – local energy grids with control capability that allows them to disconnect from the traditional grid and operate autonomously – are becoming more popular, and combined with batteries they deliver energy storage alternatives. How does hydro fit (read more...)

Moderator
Patrick Judge
Director of Business Development
Hydro-Quebec
Canada
Presentations:
Speaker
Hughe McDermott
Senior Vice President Business Development & Sales
ESS Inc.
United States
Speaker
Steve Wenke, PE
Senior Manager Generation Strategy and Planning
Avista Utilities
United States

12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Room: Booth 11063

With attention to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions accelerating worldwide, researchers and utilities are advancing measuring and monitoring tools and techniques. Learn about the state-of-the-art in this field and how it is being (read more...)

Moderator
Kelsey Rugani
Director
Kerns & West
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Evan Arntzen
Senior Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States

1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Room: Booth 11090

Shaft design critical constraints will affect the life of your generator and turbine shafts. When designing horizontal shafts, one will have many different considerations when replacing, upgrading or completing modifications, even if the original shaft has been in service for many decades. Critical constraints should not be taken lightly, ven (read more...)

Moderator
Don Haber
Hydro Sales Manager
Hydro Tech Inc.
United States
Panelist
Benoit Cournoyer
Director - Numerical Simulations
LDV Advanced Engineering
Canada
Panelist
Tihomir (Tim) Maricic, P. E.
Senior Engineer Specialist
Ontario Power Generation
Canada

1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Room: Booth 7102

The U.S. is home to more than 40 pumped storage hydro facilities ranging   from 40 MW to 3,000 MW. Many of these facilities were built from 1960 to 1990 and are approaching their first or second major overhaul. These major overhauls present a significant opportunity to add flexible functionality and (read more...)

Moderator
Klaus Krueger, PhD
Senior Expert Plant Safety & Energy Storage Solutions
Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
Panelist
Matthew Brooks
Coordinator, Hydro Operations
Tennessee Valley Authority
United States
Panelist
Preston Pierce
General Manager, Hydro West
Duke Energy
United States

1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Room: Booth 11063
Spillway gate control equipment at many dams has been in service since original commissioning. At Jordan Dam, the spillway gates and associated machinery is approaching 100 years in service. Due to tight reservoir control requirements, the spillway gates are operated very frequently. A project is in progress at Jordan that (read more...)
Moderator
Tommy McEntyre
Program Manager
Mesa Associates Inc.
United States
Panelist
Adam Massey
Hydro Project Manager
Alabama Power
United States
Panelist
Roger Yeargan
Hydro Manager – Lower Coosa River Group
Alabama Power
United States

4:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room: Booth 7102
Speaker
Jeff Huff
Digital Hydro
Voith Hydro
United States

5:00 PM-5:30 PM
Room: Booth 7102
Speaker
Daniel Olson
Sales Manager, Small Hydro
Voith Hydro
United States

10:00 AM-10:30 AM
Room: Booth 7102
Speaker
Klaus Krueger, PhD
Senior Expert Plant Safety & Energy Storage Solutions
Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG
Germany

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: Booth 11090

Social issues around hydro plant development and operations can either provide negative fodder for the media or a positive example for the industry. Several experts discuss recent work that can help make your social efforts yield positive (read more...)

Moderator
Ritchie Graves
Supervisory Fisheries Biologist
NOAA
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Bob Bauer
Public Education Specialist
Chelan County PUD
United States

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: Booth 7102

Hydropower is an essential baseload resource that provides valuable grid stabilizing services, whether that be pumped storage or conventional hydro. Hear about hydroelectricity and grid stability, frequency control and (read more...)

Moderator
Anna West
Principal and Co-Founder
Kearns & West
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Daniel Nail
Hydro Generation Lead Site Controls Engineer
Southern Company
United States
Co-Author
Matt Roberts
Engineering and Operations Manager
American Governor
United States
Speaker
Nancy Kroner
President
Versalence
United States

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: Booth 11063

Are smart operations and digitalization/digital plants merely buzz phrases for hydro? Not at all. They present exciting new opportunities, and challenges, for this industry. Speakers will discuss tools for machine learning, the future of work in the digital power plant, and (read more...)

Moderator
Jennifer Runyon
Content Director
Clarion Energy
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Rinol Pereira
Automation Product Sales Manager – Canada & US
ABB Power Generation & Water
United States
Co-Author
Chris Naunheimer
User Experience Director- Digital
ABB Inc
United States
Speaker
John Yale
Hydro Plant Engineering Manager
Chelan County Public Utility District
United States

1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Room: Booth 11090

Small hydro facilities are being installed worldwide, with a goal of serving local communities or providing low-impact and renewable electricity to their countries. Speakers will discuss a variety of scenarios under which small hydro was both cost-effective and (read more...)

Moderator
N. Christian Porse
Regional Sales Manager - USA
Mavel Americas
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Luca Vacca
Junior Engineer
TOYE S.r.l.
Italy
Co-Author
Andrea Vacca
Prof. Eng.
TOYE S.r.l.
Italy
Speaker
Andrew Storfer
Chief Executive Officer
America Energia S.A.
Brazil
Co-Author
Hugo Yamagushi
Assessor of the Energy Directorate
São Paulo Sanitation and Energy Regulatory Agency – ARSESP
Brazil

1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Room: Booth 7102

Models and modeling of the grid appear to favor batteries over hydropower. With batteries triumphing over pumped storage hydro in most models, what happens now? Is better modeling needed? What are developers doing to address challenges regarding modeling hydro for its (read more...)

Moderator
Don Erpenbeck, P.E., PMP
Global Energy Director
Stantec
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
David Elwood, P.E.
Managing Principal
Rebalance Energy
United States
Speaker
Greg Stark
Hydropower Technical Lead
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States

1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Room: Booth 11063

VR, it’s not just for gaming anymore. With today’s advancing technology – including virtual reality and other three-dimensional tools – a world of opportunity is opening up for hydro. Hear examples of how VR and 3D tools are being used in (read more...)

Moderator
Brent Ward
Manager, Business Development, IoT
Voith Digital Ventures
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Halvor Haugsvold
Vice President, Head of Mechanical Department
Norconsult
Norway
Speaker
Brendon McNally
Mechanical Engineer
Douglas County PUD
United States

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