TECHNICAL CONFERENCE

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 at the World Utilities Congress provides utilities industry professionals with unparalleled opportunities to access cutting-edge industry knowledge, the latest in innovative research findings, technical proficiency, advanced project developments, state-of-the-art technologies, industry-standard best practices, and groundbreaking ideas for future technological advancements.

The conference will cover all aspects of the utilities industry's value chain, encompassing technological innovations in power generation, transmission, distribution, storage, water management, energy transition, health, safety, and environmental (HSE) practices, along with a focus on operational excellence.

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.

TECHNICAL CONFERENCE
CALL FOR PAPERS IS NOW OPEN

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 18 MONDAY

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EXPLORE THE 12 TECHNICAL CATEGORIES

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1. POWER GENERATION
  • 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
  • Advancements in solar trackers, inverters, and hybrid solar systems
  • Using solar energy to power desalination plants
  • Wind power generation
  • Advancements in wind turbines and electric generators
  • Developments in plant operation and maintenance, ageing management programmes (AMPs)
  • Developments in nuclear reactors and nuclear fuels, SMRs
  • Engineering, procurement, and construction of nuclear plants
  • Advancements in R&D in nuclear sector
  • Storage & supply chain capabilities
  • Radioactive waste management
  • 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
  • Finance and Investments
  • Project showcases
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3. WATER DESALINATION
  • Water pretreatment
  • Reverse osmosis technologies, solar distillation, electrodialysis, nanofiltration, ultrafiltration, microfiltration
  • Post-treatment remineralisation
  • Storage & brine management
  • Seawater desalination
  • Optimum utilisation of post desalination recovery metals
  • Chemicals for water treatment
  • Low-carbon desalination
  • Advancements in membranes, pumps, pipes, valves, and other equipment
  • 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-food nexus
  • Project showcases
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5. WASTEWATER RECYCLING, REUSING OR RECLAIMING
  • Construction of wastewater treatment plants
  • Decentralised wastewater systems
  • Waste to energy
  • 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
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7. DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
  • Digital twin, Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), connected performance
  • Climate digital technologies
  • Cyber, Information security & data privacy
  • Drones deployment and 5G
  • AI and data analytics in Utilities
  • Robotics, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality
  • Blockchain, Metaverse, cloud computing, enterprise mobility solutions
  • Network optimisation, IT & OT convergence
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9. POWER TRANSMISSION, DISTRIBUTION & 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
  • Off-grid renewable power generation supply
  • 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
  • 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
  • Storage implementation strategies, deriving utmost value from storage solutions
  • Grid modernisation
  • Advancements in smart grid technologies & grid security
  • Substation automation, remote intelligent switch, battery storage
  • Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs), grid stability, advanced meters, re-routing power
  • Solid-state transformers and power flow controllers, adaptive networks
  • Advancements in backup power, UPS systems, generators, and automated solutions
  • Industrial power supply
  • Tackling commercial and residential power outages
  • Power backups
  • Sustainability efforts in backup power generation
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11. HEALTH, SAFETY & SECURITY ACROSS THE UTILITIES INDUSTRY
  • Occupational safety
  • Safety culture and safety management systems, security systems, human factors, and performance
  • 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
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2. ALTERNATIVE FUELS
  • Advances in hydrogen production
  • Advances in methanol and ammonia production
  • Auto-Thermal Reforming (ATR)
  • Coal and oil gasification to hydrogen
  • Methane pyrolysis
  • Hydrogen infrastructure, upgrading gas infrastructure for the use of hydrogen
  • Technology for storage, liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHCs)
  • Strategies to scale up hydrogen production and usage
  • Hydrogen and ammonia applications and uses in the utilities sector
  • Export of hydrogen and ammonia
  • Thermal hydrogen production from nuclear
  • Advancements in biomass production
  • Bio-chemicals & biomaterials
  • Biofuels technology innovations: BECCUS, waste-to-energy
  • Bio-hubs: processing, storage, and transportation of biofuels
  • Industrial Biofuels Development
  • Agro-biomass as feedstock for power generation
  • Biomass feedstocks in bio-methanol and rDME production
  • Finance, investment & policy governance
  • Project showcases
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4. WATER MANAGEMENT, SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION NETWORK
  • Integrated water resources management
  • Hydrology and water resources
  • Watershed management and protection
  • Water use efficiency and optimisation
  • Efficient solutions in district cooling
  • Water demands for energy generation and vice-versa
  • Modern Irrigation Technologies (Smart irrigation, precision agriculture, etc.)
  • Water-energy-food nexus in irrigation
  • Sustainable land and water management practices
  • Water infrastructure, engineering & policy
  • Water and network security
  • Climate change and resilience
  • Water conservation and efficiency
  • Finance and Investment
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6. 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
  • Integrating the alignment of analytics platform to existing building automation system (BAS), incorporating of variable frequency drives (VFDs)
  • Leak detection: distributed temperature sensing (DTS) fibre optic cables, multimode leak detectors
  • Adiabatic cooling & technology
  • Optimising district cooling water and energy supplies
  • Cooling grid management, energy storage, integration of renewable energy
  • Distribution network
  • Improving energy efficiency, advancements in technologies and R&D
  • Preventative maintenance and operational excellence
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8. SMART CITIES & COMMUNITIES
  • Data space for smart communities
  • Smart Meters, sensors, data mining, solar instrumentation, and user engagement
  • Scaling e-mobility solutions
  • Sustainable smart infrastructure solutions
  • Battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)
  • EV supply equipment, 3D printing, micromobility
  • Electric mobility as a service
  • EV to grids, buildings, houses, other energy consuming destinations
  • Smart heating and cooling systems, air quality monitors, weather sensors
  • Reducing carbon emissions with sustainable transportation
  • Electrotechnical systems, equipment and applications used to build and maintain smart cities and green buildings
  • New energy systems - small-scale Combined Heat and Power (CHP) with heat storage, PV-driven heat pumps, bio-methane
  • Integration of renewable energy and energy efficient intelligent building technologies
  • Developments in transparent solar panels
  • Customer engagement
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10. ENERGY TRANSITION, DECARBONISATION, ESG & SUSTAINABILITY
  • Decarbonisation and carbon capture solutions in the utilities industry
  • CO2 emission reduction, utilization, carbon credit, and carbon market (supply and demand)
  • 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
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12. OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
  • Improving utilisation of resources
  • Intelligent automation and the role of technology to achieve operational excellence
  • Resilient workforce technologies and strategies
  • Business process and re-engineering
  • Operations excellence 4.0: challenges, innovative solutions, and best practices
  • Improving asset integrity
  • Challenges, technologies, and innovative practices
  • Energy optimisation and transition
  • Cost optimisation
  • Advancements in asset maintenance strategies, managing asset life extension, improving reliability
  • Six sigma methods and applications
  • Intelligent automation and technology’s role to achieve operational excellence
  • Lean operations
  • Autonomous and remote operations
  • Maintenance 4.0 challenges, technologies, and innovative practices
  • Asset performance 4.0 and facility management
  • Improving operating efficiency
  • People development and mobilisation
  • Workforce of the future

2024 TECHNICAL COMMITTEE

PREVIOUS TECHNICAL CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Herve De Tremiolles 375X375

I was honoured to be part of the technical committee of the World Utilities Congress in Abu Dhabi and to co-chair the Technical Conference. This event was also a fantastic opportunity to hear from government ministers, policymakers, and industry leaders on energy strategies.

Hervé de Trémiolles

International Development Manager
EDF / CSFN
Antonio Di Cecca Pic

I had the opportunity to speak at the Technical Conference about district cooling and it was a truly enriching experience. The event brought together leading experts and professionals from the utilities sector in UAE and worldwide.

Antonio Di Cecca

Chief Operating Officer
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Nathan Paterson

The World Utilities Congress brought together many of the important players in the energy sector at a time of great importance leading up to COP28 in UAE. The Technical Conference enabled the cross-pollination of ideas and opportunities to collaborate on the pressing industry challenges.

Nathan Paterson

Senior Programme Lead – Supply Chain
World Nuclear Association