POWER INDUSTRY CONFERENCE: Convergence of IT, Automation, Control & Communication Technologies - Mel

Venue: Melbourne

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Event Date/Time: Sep 01, 2009 End Date/Time: Sep 03, 2009
Registration Date: Aug 24, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: May 25, 2009
Paper Submission Date: Jul 20, 2009
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Are you a Professional in the Power Industry? We are looking for a number of presenters to submit an abstract and present a paper at this conference.

Your business is probably facing one of the most turbulent periods in its history with enormous uncertainty evident in the future. To succeed in this environment, you have to reduce costs and raise the bar on your productivity and efficiency. Thus it is vital that electricity which powers our business assets is delivered reliably at an affordable cost. At this conference, you will collaborate with industry professionals from power generation, transmission, distribution as well as support vendors and consultants, to learn new ways of improving your business.

The use of IT, automation systems and communication technologies are playing a huge role in bringing about standardisation, increased revenues and a reduction in transmission and distribution losses for the power industry. This conference will cover the use of IT, automation, control and communication technologies in the power industry from the core perspectives of generation, transmission to distribution. This will cover such areas as enterprise management, generation planning, power plant management, transmission and distribution network management, load dispatch, loss reduction, metering, revenue management and customer service. It will also cover "new" areas such as trading and regulatory compliance.

One of the great accomplishments of the 20th century was the creation and implementation of national electric grids, but there are problems on the horizon. Demand is expected to grow radically (19% in the US) while capacity is predicted to grow minimally (6% in the US).

The “Smart Grid” a relatively new concept, is envisioned as a way to produce and distribute electricity for the rest of the century. The Smart Grid relies on two-way communication to do these things and therefore an investment in IT, automation and communications is critical. One challenge is that a 21st century economy cannot be built on a 20th century electric grid and there are many signs that the existing grid is an outmoded infrastructure. In the US for example, 60% of transmission systems have supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems; however only 2% of the local distribution network has SCADA.

The grid is designed to ensure that supply meets demand, even at peak consumption. The result is too many power plants and an expected rise in electric generating costs due to carbon resources. “A smart grid builds on today’s existing grid infrastructure by incorporating cutting-edge power engineering, sophisticated sensing and monitoring technology, IT and communications to provide better grid performance. With a smarter, two-way communications mechanism between a power consumer and provider, both parties get more control over consumption”. (Source: “21st Century Smart Grids Update” L.Scott, Jan 9th 2009)

This conference is an ideal opportunity to gain a complete picture of IT, Automation and Communications technology as applied to the power industry, whether you are a utility, regulator, private power producer, supplier, research or academic environment. We are also interested in topics covering wind and solar power and other renewable energy as well as gas turbines.

Don’t miss an excellent opportunity to gain a great appreciation of state-of-the-art developments in the power industry and to network with the top industry leaders and policy planners. At the end of the conference, you will increase your know-how, refresh your skills and go home with real solutions to the power challenges in your job.


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