Technology Advancements & Solutions

Digital controls, wireless monitoring, operational software, 3-D modeling, and forecasting tools are changing the way power systems and power plants operate. As efficiency, flexibility, and cost-competitiveness grow in importance, technology is leading the way to enhance operational efficiency and effectiveness.

EP Track 3: Technology Advancements & Solutions

EP 3A: Coal Plant Optimization and Improvements

Tuesday, April 11 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Room: W181A
This session considers technology advancements involving coal plant optimization and improvements as well as coal yard conveyor upgrades. Also considered will be adaption strategies to increase renewables and reviewing advancements to conveyor dust and spillage technology.
Chair:
Mark Strebel, Division Manager, Martin Engineering
Co-Chair:
Robert Hollinsworth, Unit Manager, LaCygne Power Plant, Kansas City Power & Light
Speakers: State-of-the-Art Coal-Fired Power Plant Improvements in Operating Range, Efficiency, Emissions, and Adaptation to Increasing Renewable Penetration
Abstract
Edward Lightbourn, Director of Engineering Business Development, SmartBurn LLC
Co-Author(s):
Pisi Lu, President, SmartBurn LLC
  Conveyor Improvement for Coal Handling Safety by Design – Conveyor Upgrades
Abstract
Mark Bayley, VP Sales Manufactured Products Division, ASGCO "Complete Conveyor Solutions"
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EP 3B: Fuel Flexibility

Tuesday, April 11 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Room: W181A
With the development of shale gas resources it is important to design flexible combustion systems capable of burning gas with different compositions. This session covers a range of topics, including: Fuel flexibility, emissions, coms dynamics, ethane rich natural gas, and propane combustion.
Chair:
Carlos Koeneke, VP of Project Engineering, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems America - Energy & Environment
Co-Chair:
Kevin Dougherty, VP Business Development & Marketing, Fuel Tech, Inc.
Speakers: Ethane and Propane as a Gas Turbine Fuel
Abstract
Mr Michael Welch, Industry Marketing Manager, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd
  The FlameSheet™ Combustor: A (R)evolution in Combustion Technology for Power Generation Gas Turbines
Abstract
Nicolas Demougeot, Senior Manager Combustion, Ansaldo Energia
Co-Author(s):
RuthAnn Rawlings, Global Product Line Manager, PSM
  Second Generation A-CPFM
Abstract
Sosuke Nakamura, VP of Project Engineering, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems America - Energy & Environment
Co-Author(s):
Sosuke Nakamura, Director, GT Engineering, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems America - Energy & Environment
  Simulating Pressure Transients Events in the Fuel Gas Supply to Combined Cycle Plants
Abstract
Robert Schroeder, Associate, Sargent & Lundy
Co-Author(s):
Matthew Zitkus, Associate, Sargent & Lundy
Beniamino Rovagnati, Senior Associate, Sargent & Lundy
Michael Czyszczewski, Fossil Power Technologies, Sargent Lundy, LLC
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EP 3BB: Wind, Biomass, and Other Renewable Energy and Microgrid Systems

Tuesday, April 11 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Room: W181C
This session will focus on wind, biomass, renewables and microgrid systems that are becoming important component for base loads as well as in local energy production for near zero emissions and enhanced sustainability. Various challenges, issues and potential of each of these technologies will be presented.
Moderator/Chair:
Dr. Ryo S. Amano, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Speakers: Microgrid Energy Systems – the pathway to Grid-Edge Integration
Abstract
Vijay Bhavaraju, Principal Engineer, Eaton Corporation
  Industrial Grid Interactive Fluid Heating Utilized for Micro-Grid Efficiency and Management
Abstract
Christopher Molnar, VP, Industrial Heaters and Systems, Chromalox
  Torrefied Biomass, Technology Status and Implementation in Power Production
Abstract
Michael Wild, President, International Biomass Torrefaction Council
  Enhanced Clean Energy Recovery from Solid Wastes and Biomass
Abstract
Ashwani Gupta, Professor. Director, University of Maryland
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EP 3C: Case Studies with Proven Operation

Wednesday, April 12 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Room: W181A
From concept through operation, two technologies will be presented as successful case studies with proven operation.
Chair:
Jon Towslee, Director, Marketing & Business Development, ABB Inc.
Speaker: "Westar Energy, Inc., Jeffrey Energy Center, Unit 1 LP Turbine Modernization Project 2015"
Abstract
Mr. Lewis Lenard, Alliance Administrator, Westar Energy
Co-Author(s):
Dustin Ringer, Operations Supt, Westar Energy Jeffrey Energy Center
Rob Bursch, Marketing Specialist, Siemens
  How Snohomish County PUD is using energy storage to support more renewable generation on their system
Abstract
Dan Sowder, VP, Power System Integration, Doosan GridTech
Co-Author(s):
Jason Zyskowski, Manager of Substation Engineering, Snohomish County Pud
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EP 3D: Energy Storage: Technologies, Integration, Implementation

Wednesday, April 12 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: W181A
As renewable energy resources expand throughout the North American power grid, stabilization technologies are gaining traction as generators cope with intermittent resource availability. During this session the following topics will be discussed: standardizing energy storage, monetizing clean power, storage technologies, system grid integration.
Chair:
Ian Summerside, Product Line Manager, Ansaldo Energia
Co-Chair:
Kevin Dougherty, VP Business Development & Marketing, Fuel Tech, Inc.
Speakers: Using Energy Storage to Maximize Clean Power
Abstract
Timothy Effio, Market Director, MCAC, The AES Corporation
Co-Author(s):
Brian Perusse, Strategic Marketing & Communications / VP, AES Energy Storage
  Liquid Air Power & Storage (LAPS) in Utility applications
Abstract
William Conlon, President, Pintail Power LLC
  Standardizing Utility-Integrated ESS Procurement
Abstract
Dan Sowder, VP, Power System Integration, Doosan GridTech
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EP 3E: State –of-the-Art Turbine Designs and Validation Approaches

Wednesday, April 12 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Room: W181A
In a challenging and dynamic environment, gas turbine original equipment manufacturers are responding with technologies that run hotter and harder than ever before. This session will bring together key industry experts to discuss innovative technologies and dynamic operating requriements for power plants, including turbine designs and validation approaches.
Chair:
Dennis Buchanan, Plant Director, Harrington Station, Xcel Energy
Co-Chair:
Jacqueline Engel, Product Manager, Siemens
Speakers: MHPS Advanced Gas Turbines Recent Milestones
Abstract
Carlos Koeneke, VP of Project Engineering, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems America - Energy & Environment
Co-Author(s):
Sosuke Nakamura, Director, GT Engineering, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems America - Energy & Environment
  Ansaldo Launches the New Very Large Gas Turbine GT36
Abstract
Ian Summerside, Product Line Manager, Ansaldo Energia
Co-Author(s):
Klaus Doebbeling, R&D Program Manager, Ansaldo Energia
Patrik Meier, R&D Program Manager, Ansaldo Energia
Thorsten Osterhage, Product Manager, ANSALDO ENERGIA
  Siemens Large Frame Turbine Developments
Abstract
Francisco Dovali-Solis, Package Frame 8000H, Siemens Power and Gas Division
Co-Author(s):
Guido Schuld, Package Frame 8000H, Siemens Power and Gas Division
  Advancements in H Class Gas Turbines for Combined Cycle Power Plants
Abstract
David Walker, Senior Product Manager, GE
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EP 3F: Renewable Energy Resource Integration

Thursday, April 13 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM
Room: W181A
Integrating renewable energy, peak load monitoring, and control technology is becoming more important with the implementation of environmental regulations. This session includes discussions on peak shaving, energy storage and renewable energy integration.
Chair:
Ian Summerside, Product Line Manager, Ansaldo Energia
Co-Chair:
Mark Bayley, VP Sales Manufactured Products Division, ASGCO "Complete Conveyor Solutions"
Speakers: Peaking Power…Fast Start Natural Gas, Multiple Times per Hour
Abstract
John Hoeft, Sr. Power Plant Marketing Leader, GE Power
  Energy Monitoring Software Case Study: Hawaii gets an A+
Abstract
Brendan Harney, Business Development Manager, Stem, Inc.
Co-Author(s):
Tad Glauthier, VP of Hawaii Operations, Stem, Inc.
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EP 3G: Advancements in Condition Monitoring

Thursday, April 13 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Room: W181A
Equipment reliability is key to realizing operationally efficient power plants. Advancements in condition monitoring can provide the catalyst to optimize equipment replacement and repair costs. Topics include dynamic limits for condition monitoring continuous condition monitoring for high voltage transformers, I&C room obsolescence issues and solutions, and technology innovation enables asset protection and optimize performance.
Chair:
Joshua Zussman, Tech Safety and Training, Lansing Board of Water and Light
Co-Chair:
Darren Gale, Vice President of Nuclear Operations, Day & Zimmermann
Speakers: Dynamic Limits for Condition Monitoring
Abstract
Patrick Bangert, CEO, algorithmica technologies Inc.
  Continuous condition monitoring of high voltage transformers by direct sensor monitoring of oil aging to achieve a stable power grid
Abstract
Manfred Mauntz, Dr.-Ing., cmc Instruments GmbH
Co-Author(s):
Jörn Peuser, Dr. rer. nat., cmc Instruments GmbH
  I & C Room Obsolescence Issues and Solutions
Abstract
Mr. Tony Spear, Director Sales & Marketing, Otek Corp
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EP 3H: Technology Trends for Asset Protection

Thursday, April 13 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Room: W181A
Technology trends for asset protection, measurement sensors, conditions monitoring, and maintenance assessment will be reviewed. Drone technology will be demonstrated. Among the topics to be discussed are drone technology, remote visual inspection, condition assessment.
Chair:
Mike Schimmelpfennig, Consulting Engineer, Ameren Missouri
Co-Chair:
Mark Strebel, Division Manager, Martin Engineering
Speakers: Remote Visual Inspection Solutions Applied to Power Generation Assets
Abstract
Ron Kessler, Vice President- Advanced Digital Imaging, Quest Integrity Group, LLC
  Internal Inspections at Electric Plants with Drones
Abstract
David Strubberg, Director, Innovation & IT Projects, Ameren Missouri
Co-Author(s):
Jeff Buchko, COO, Orbital Technical Solutions
Scott Sambuco, Director Safety & Asset Integrity, Orbital Technical Solutions
  Critical Flow Measurements for Optimizing Gas Turbine Thermal Efficiency and Environmental Compliance
Abstract
Bob Carrell, President, Hoffer Flow Controls, Inc.
Co-Author(s):
Sandra Kelly, Vice President North American Sales, Hoffer Flow Controls, Inc.
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