Wednesday 11 June 2014

Automation in power attracts!

Many of the best and brightest minds in the power generation industry convened last week in Scottsdale (AZ, USA) to discuss the pressing challenges in instrumentation and control, and present strategies and solutions to overcome them.

The 57th ISA Power Industry Division (POWID) Symposium is perhaps the largest conference in the world dedicated to automation, control systems and instrumentation in power generation, attracted almost 200 attendees and 18 exhibiting companies.

The opening session featured a keynote address by Robert Romanosky, Ph.D., of the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory; a panel discussion on key industry issues and potential solutions; and a luncheon speech by W.J. “Jim” Lane, the mayor of Scottsdale, that profiled the local area and its electric power history.

The symposium also featured a student program that attracted 25 undergraduate and graduate student guests from seven prominent universities: Nirma University in India, Texas Tech University, West Virginia University, University at Albany, State University of New York, University of Texas at El Paso, Oregon State University and the University of Connecticut.

More than 70 peer-reviewed technical papers—highlighting the latest topics and innovations in instrumentation, controls, security, and business systems and automation technologies—were presented. The key issues and trends affecting all energy sectors, including fossil fuels, nuclear power, and renewables, were discussed and examined.

The event paid particular attention to:
  • Maintaining the reliability of power generation amid fluctuating load demand
  • Safeguarding essential data through advanced cybersecurity
  • Satisfying increasingly stringent environmental controls regulation
  • Improving competitiveness and operating results—now and in the years that follow
In addition to the technical presentations and sessions, the conference delivered:

  • Informative vendor exhibits by key suppliers
  • The opportunity to earn valuable Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • Undergraduate and graduate student presentations
  • Numerous social and networking activities

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