UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF H.H. SHEIKH KHALED BIN MOHAMED BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN

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Technical Call for Papers

The utilities sector is going through an immense transformation and keeping pace with technological advancements is important to ensure profitability, competitiveness and adequate decarbonisation efforts. The Technical Conference of the World Utilities Congress offers utilities industry professionals unprecedented access to the latest industry knowledge and research findings, technical expertise, new project developments, state of the art technologies and industry best practices.

The conference programme is created through the call for papers that is open for abstract submissions to all companies operating within power, water and gas utilities as well as district cooling. All submitted abstracts will go through an unbiased two-stage review and evaluation process by the Technical Committee, composed of the utilities industry experts. Successful authors will be invited to speak at the conference.

The conference covers the entire value chain of power, water and gas utilities as well as district cooling, and includes power generation, transmission and distribution, water management, water sewage and customer engagement.

The utilities sector is going through an immense transformation and keeping pace with technological advancements is important to ensure profitability, competitiveness and adequate decarbonisation efforts. The Technical Conference of the World Utilities Congress offers utilities industry professionals unprecedented access to the latest industry knowledge and research findings, technical expertise, new project developments, state of the art technologies and industry best practices.

The conference programme is created through the call for papers that is open for abstract submissions to all companies operating within power, water and gas utilities as well as district cooling. All submitted abstracts will go through an unbiased two-stage review and evaluation process by the Technical Committee, composed of the utilities industry experts. Successful authors will be invited to speak at the conference.

The conference covers the entire value chain of power, water and gas utilities as well as district cooling, and includes power generation, transmission and distribution, water management, water sewage and customer engagement.

TECHNICAL CONFERENCE CATEGORIES:

  • 1. Nuclear Energy

    • Developments in nuclear reactors and nuclear fuels, SMRs
    • Engineering, procurement and construction of nuclear plants
    • Advancements in R&D
    • Strategies to overcome public resistance to nuclear energy
    • Decommissioning and disposal, effective solutions for long-term nuclear waste disposal
    • Ensuring power plant safety, protecting reactors from natural disasters and external accidents
    • Policies and regulations related to nuclear energy
    • Attracting talent to the nuclear industry
    • Global nuclear energy industry best practises
    Submit your abstracts
  • 2. Gas to Power Technologies and Operations

    • Power plant infrastructure and design for open cycle and combined cycle power plants
    • Latest advancements in gas turbines for open cycle and combined cycle power plants
    • Gas reciprocating engines advancements
    • Capturing heat waste to improve energy efficiency; other energy efficiency strategies
    • Selection and deployment of regasification facilities
    • Determination of baseload gas/LNG supply volumes
    • Pipelines, gas/LNG transportation and storage facilities
    • Hydrogen integration into gas power plants
    Submit your abstracts
  • 3. Renewable Energy Generation Technologies and Operations

    • Advancements in photovoltaic (PV) panels, organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs), concentrator photovoltaics (CPV) systems, product integrated photovoltaics (PIPVs), floatovoltaics
    • Concentrated solar power technologies, power tower systems
    • Hybrid solar systems
    • Advancements in solar trackers and inverters
    • Using solar energy to power desalination plants
    • Off-grid renewable power generation
    • Strategies to reduce costs of renewable energy
    • Advancements in wind turbines and electric generators
    • Wind power generation
    • Biomass production and usage for power generation; waste-to-energy
    • Advancements in tidal power; dynamic tidal power, tidal lagoons, tidal barrage, turbine technologies
    • Advancements in geothermal power generation
    • Hydropower
    Submit your abstracts
  • 4. Hydrogen and Ammonia in the Power and Water Industries

    • Advances in blue and grey hydrogen production
    • Advances in green, yellow and pink hydrogen production
    • Advances in methanol and ammonia production
    • Hydrogen infrastructure, upgrading gas infrastructure for the use of hydrogen
    • Technology for hydrogen storage, liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHCs)
    • Strategies to scale up hydrogen production and usage
    • Hydrogen mobility solutions, electric vehicles (EVs)
    • Hydrogen and ammonia applications and uses in the utilities sector
    • Export of hydrogen and ammonia
    Submit your abstracts
  • 5. Transmission and Distribution Innovation and Storage

    • Smart grid distribution management, grid balancing, ensuring load management flexibility, load shed strategies, integration of renewable energy into the grid, microgrids
    • Substation automation technologies
    • HVDC and FACTS technologies
    • Smart power and water grid network management, ensuring data interoperability, SCADA integration, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), systems scalability
    • Developing wireless communication infrastructure, M2M communication, sensors
    • Wired communication, advancements in cabling solutions and transmission lines
    • Developments in water distribution infrastructure: pipes, pumps, reservoirs and valves
    • Strategies to ensure economic, secure and stable power and water supply
    • Lithium-ion batteries in the grid storage market
    • Alternative battery solutions: flow batteries, zinc batteries, lithium-sulphur batteries, sodium-ion batteries, liquid metal batteries
    • Hydrogen and fuel cells as an energy storage
    • Long duration energy storage
    • Behind-the-meter storage solutions
    • Storage implementation strategies, deriving utmost value from storage solutions
    Submit your abstracts
  • 6. Smart meters, smart cities and customer engagement

    • Smart meters and advanced metering infrastructure, implementation strategies to utilise the full capabilities of smart meters for power and water
    • Demand side management strategies, customer engagement
    • Government initiatives for smart cities development
    • Electric vehicles and charging infrastructure; vehicle to grid (V2G) technologies
    Submit your abstracts
  • 7. Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), Onsite Power and Critical Backup Power

    • Advancements in backup power, UPS systems, generators and automated solutions
    • Industrial power supply
    • Tackling commercial and residential power outages – case studies
    • Using renewable energy and fuel cells for power backup
    • Sustainability efforts in backup power generation
    Submit your abstracts
  • 8. Digital Transformation

    • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), connected performance
    • Digital twins
    • Big data analytics, machine learning, deep learning, advanced analytics
    • Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), mixed reality
    • Blockchain
    • Cloud solutions, edge computing
    • Deployment of drones
    • Cyber security strategies and solutions
    • Digital transformation initiatives and best practices leading to performance and efficiency enhancement; IT/OT convergence
    Submit your abstracts
  • 9. Power and Water Finance, Regulations and Project Management

    • Project risk assessment, mitigation and management; risks associated with project delivery systems, types of tender and types of contracts
    • Development of a capital expenditure plan, business organisation, performance indicators
    • Cost/benefit analysis, cost estimation, cost control
    • Best practises in project management
    • Software tools for project management, the use of AI and digital twins
    • Water and electricity pricing strategies, tariff structures, subsidies
    • Financing energy transition, capital raising strategies, tenders
    • Regulatory aspects, water and energy policies
    • Market structures; liberalisation, deregulation and regulation
    Submit your abstracts
  • 10. Health, Safety and Security in the Power, Water and Gas Utilities

    • Occupational safety
    • Safety culture and safety management systems, human factors and performance
    • The role of leadership within health and safety
    • Process safety
    • Mental health and wellbeing, occupational health
    • Innovation and digital technologies to improve health and safety, wearable technology
    • Protecting power and water assets against natural disasters and unwanted intrusions; storm damage assessment and restoration; vegetation management; wildfire mitigation
    • Ensuring fire safety, explosion protection
    • Contingency plans, emergency preparedness and response, crisis management
    • Assessing, managing and mitigating safety and security risks
    • The role of partnerships and regional cooperation in ensuring safety and security
    Submit your abstracts
  • 11. Environmental Sustainability and Decarbonisation in the Utilities Industry

    • Power plant emission and pollution control systems, reducing carbon footprint
    • Management of brine discharge and sludge disposal
    • Circular Economy: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renew
    • UN Sustainable Development Goals
    • Biodiversity and ecosystem conservation
    • Decarbonisation and energy transition, energy mix, clean energy business models
    • Carbon credits
    • Tackling land and water contamination
    • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
    • Sustainable procurement
    Submit your abstracts
  • 12. Operational Excellence and Utilities Asset Maintenance

    • Improving asset integrity and energy efficiency
    • Cost optimisation
    • Advancements in asset maintenance strategies, managing asset life extension, maximising the potential of existing assets, improving reliability
    • Water loss prevention strategies
    • Improving utilisation of resources
    • Asset retirement obligation (ARO)
    • Intelligent automation and the role of technology to achieve operational excellence
    Submit your abstracts
  • 13. Water Supply, Management and Irrigation Systems

    • Successful planning, development, distribution and optimisation of water resources
    • Efficient management of water supply and consumption; water conservation, water use efficiency
    • Groundwater conservation and management
    • Hydrological optimisation
    • Irrigation efficiency techniques, developments in irrigation systems
    • Developments in water transportation
    • Tackling water scarcity
    • Managing surface water and water reservoirs
    • Advancements in drainage systems design and technologies
    Submit your abstracts
  • 14. Water Desalination

    • Water pretreatment
    • Chemicals for water treatment
    • Advancements in membranes, pumps and other equipment
    • Reverse osmosis technologies, nanofiltration, ultrafiltration, microfiltration
    • Advancements in multistage flash evaporation (MSF) methods and technologies
    • Developments in multiple effect distillation (MED) methods and technologies
    • Successful integration of various water desalination techniques
    • Cost-effective strategies for water quality improvement
    • Water post-treatment methods
    • Water-energy nexus
    Submit your abstracts
  • 15. Wastewater Treatment and Recycling

    • Construction of wastewater treatment plants
    • Decentralised wastewater systems
    • Sanitary engineering, advancements in equipment and technologies
    • Wastewater filtration systems and technology
    • Optimisation of wastewater collection
    • Advancements in wastewater treatment methods
    • Usage of recycled wastewater
    • Safe disposal of treated wastewater, sludge management
    • Policies and regulations related to wastewater treatment
    Submit your abstracts
  • 16. Gas as Utility

    • Gas distribution networks, pipes, valves, smart meters and other equipment
    • Improving energy efficiency, advancements in technologies and R&D
    • Delivering a better customer experience
    • Leakage prevention, HSE and operational excellence
    Submit your abstracts
  • 17. District Cooling

    • Designing, owning, building and operating district cooling plants
    • Advancements in refrigerants, heat rejection methods and dehumidifying technologies; energy transfer systems
    • Developments in meters, valves and pumps
    • New materials used in district cooling, the use of nanomaterials
    • Optimising district cooling water and energy supplies
    • Cooling grid management, energy storage, integration of renewable energy
    • Improving energy efficiency, advancements in technologies and R&D
    • Preventative maintenance and operational excellence
    Submit your abstracts

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