Rapid technological and policy development in the power industry fuelled record attendance and exhibitor figures for POWER-GEN Europe 2011, held in Milan on 7-9 June alongside Nuclear Power Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe.
Exhibitors for the three shows totalled 602, while close to 15 000 visitors attended the combined events.
These record figures were matched by rebooking for POWER-GEN Europe 2012, taking place in Cologne on 12-14 June. About 84 per cent of exhibition floorspace had already been rebooked for 2012 by the close of the Milan event.
“The current pace of innovation in the energy industry is clearly driving a need to keep informed on the latest developments in technology, business and policy,” said Nigel Blackaby, conference director for POWER-GEN Europe.
Several of sector’s key players – including Alstom, GE Energy, MAN Diesel, Metso and Siemens – also made significant announcements during POWER-GEN Europe 2011.
GE Energy chose POWER-GEN Europe to announce details of “the world’s first integrated renewables combined cycle power plant”.
A 530 MW plant in Karaman in Turkey under development by MetCap Energy Investments will use GE’s FlexEfficiency 50 technology in integrating a gas turbine and generator with 22 MW of GE wind turbines and 50 MW of eSolar concentrated solar thermal power technology.
POWER-GEN Europe also brought new information about Siemens’ H-class gas turbines. Willibald Fischer, programme director for Siemens’ 8000H technology, told a press briefing that the H-class technology is designed to offer “half a gigawatt in half an hour”. At Irsching 4 in Germany the H-class hit 60.75 per cent efficiency on 6 May.
Siemens also announced that it is offering a maintenance interval similar to that its F-class – after 100 000 hours of operation or 3000 starts.
Alstom Power’s president Philippe Joubert spoke at POWER-GEN Europe 2011 on the future of carbon-free technologies, which he forecast would make up 45 per cent of new generating capacity in future years.
Alstom also unveiled operating characteristics of the KA26 gas-fired turbine. Its optimization for flexibility includes an ability to park at 20 per cent load as well as to achieve 350 MW of capacity from a hot start within 15 minutes.
MAN Diesel picked POWER-GEN Europe to release details of its two-stage turbocharged MAN 18V48/60TS, with a simplified design for easy retrofitting and giving increased continuous power output of up to 1200 kW/cyl.
Metso announced “the world’s largest biomass gasification plant” at POWER-GEN Europe 2011. The 140 MW bio-gasification plant – being supplied to Vaskiluodon Voima Oy in Vaasa, Finland – is due to operate from December 2012 adjoining a 565 MW coal fired plant.
By generating biogas largely from wood chips the EUR40m project will cut the plant’s coal consumption by 25–40 per cent.