Technical Conference

UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF HH. SHEIKH KHALID BIN MOHAMMED BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN

تحت رعاية صاحب السمو الشيخ خالد بن محمد بن زايد آل نهيان

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The Technical Conference 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 the power and water sectors. All submitted abstracts will go through an unbiased two-stage review and evaluation process by the Technical Committee, comprising of the power and water industry experts. Successful authors will be invited to speak at the conference.

The conference will cover the entire value chain including power generation, transmission and distribution, water management, water sewage and customer engagement.

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TECHNICAL CONFERENCE CATEGORIES:

  • Nuclear Energy

    • Developments in nuclear reactors and nuclear fuels, small scale nuclear reactors
    • 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
    • Global nuclear energy industry best practises
  • Gas/LNG 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
  • Solar Energy Generation Technologies and Operations

    • Advancements in photovoltaic (PV) panels
    • Organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs), concentrator photovoltaics (CPV) systems, floatovoltaics
    • Concentrated solar power technologies, power tower systems
    • Hybrid solar systems
    • Advancements in solar trackers
    • Using solar energy to power desalination plants
    • Integration of solar energy into the grid
    • Off-grid solar power generation
    • Strategies to reduce costs of solar energy, panel pricing
    • Global solar projects and investments
  • Wind Energy Generation Technologies and Operations

    • Advancements in wind turbines and electric generators
    • Constructing onshore wind farms
    • Constructing offshore wind farms
    • Turbine interconnection, power collection systems, transmission lines and communications networks
    • Strategies to improve capacity factor and wind resource assessment
    • Off-grid wind power generation
    • Cost reduction methods
  • Hydrogen in the Power and Water Industry

    • Advances in blue and grey hydrogen production
    • Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS)
    • Advances in green, yellow and pink hydrogen production
    • Hydrogen infrastructure, upgrading gas infrastructure for the use of hydrogen
    • Using hydrogen for energy storage
    • Strategies to scale up hydrogen production
    • Hydrogen mobility solutions, electric vehicles (EVs)
    • Global hydrogen projects and investments
  • Power Production from Other Energy Sources

    • Oil in power generation
    • Coal-fired power plants, clean and ultra-clean coal technologies
    • 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
  • Energy Grid Storage: Deployment, Challenges and Opportunities

    • 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
    • Strategies and solutions to deliver value
  • Smart Electrical and Water Systems: Grids, Meters and Cities

    • Smart meters and advanced metering infrastructure, implementation strategies to utilise the full capabilities of smart meters for power and water
    • Developing wireless communication infrastructure, M2M communication, sensors
    • Wired communication, advancements in cabling solutions and transmission lines
    • HVDC and FACTS technologies
    • Smart grid network management, ensuring data interoperability, SCADA integration, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), systems scalability
    • Developments in pipes, pumps, reservoirs and valves
    • Improving water quality, water flow and preventing leakages with the help of smart sensors
    • Water and electrical grid asset management, developing efficient architecture
    • Smart grid distribution management, grid balancing, ensuring load management flexibility, load shed strategies
    • Microgrids and distributed generation
    • Substation automation technologies
    • Demand side management strategies, customer engagement
    • Government initiatives for smart cities development
    • Electric vehicles and charging infrastructure; vehicle to grid (V2G) technologies
  • Digital Transformation

    • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), connected performance
    • Digital twins
    • Big data analytics, machine learning, deep learning, advanced analytics
    • Data quality, ownership of data, data management, data lakes, converting from analogue to digital
    • Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), mixed reality
    • Blockchain
    • Cloud solutions, edge computing
    • Deployment of drones
    • 3D printing
    • Cyber security strategies and solutions
    • Digital transformation initiatives and best practices leading to performance and efficiency enhancement; IT/OT convergence
  • Power and Water Project Management

    • EPC contract mangement
    • Principles for EPC-PPP contract negotiation
    • Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)
    • 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
    • Concessions, build-operate-transfer (BOT), design-build-operate (DBO) projects
    • Best practises in project management
  • Power and Water Economics and Pricing Strategies

    • Water and electricity pricing strategies, tariff structures, subsidies
    • Strategies for grid parity
    • Financing energy transition, capital raising strategies, tenders
    • Water and electricity trading, derivatives
    • Incentives for investing in the power and water industry
    • Regulatory aspects, water and energy policies
    • Market structures; liberalisation, deregulation and regulation
    • Financial models for power and water plants
  • Health, Safety and Security in the Power and Water Industry

    • Occupational safety
    • Safety culture and safety management systems, human factors and performance
    • The role of leadership within health and safety
    • Best practises and responses to COVID-19
    • Process safety
    • Mental health and wellbeing, occupational health
    • Use of digital technologies to improve health and safety, wearable technology
    • Innovation in health and safety
    • Protecting power and water assets against natural disasters and unwanted intrusions; storm damage assessment and restoration; vegetation management; wildfire mitigation
    • Preventing unscheduled shutdowns
    • 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
  • Environmental Sustainability and Decarbonisation in the Power and Water Industry

    • Power plant emission and pollution control systems, reducing carbon footprint
    • Remediating accumulation of cadmium, lead and other heavy metals
    • Management of brine discharge and sludge disposal
    • Advancements in Lithium recycling
    • Circular Economy: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renew
    • Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) initiatives
    • UN Sustainable Development Goals
    • Biodiversity and ecosystem conservation
    • Decarbonisation and energy transition, energy mix, clean energy business models
    • Tackling land and water contamination
    • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Operational Excellence and Power and Water 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
    • Lean Six Sigma methods and applications
    • Business Process Management (BPM)
    • Intelligent automation and the role of technology to achieve operational excellence
  • 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
  • Water Desalination

    • Water pretreatment
    • 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, decoupling of water and power
  • Wastewater Treatment and Recycling

    • Construction of wastewater treatment plants
    • Decentralized wastewater systems
    • Sanitary engineering, advancements in equipment and technologies
    • 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
  • District Cooling

    • Designing, owning, building and operating district cooling plants
    • Advancements in refrigerants, heat rejection methods and dehumidifying technologies; energy transfer systems
    • Optimising district cooling water and energy supplies
    • Cooling grid management
    • Improving energy efficiency, advancements in technologies and R&D
    • Developments in meters, valves and pumps

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