Thousands of professionals in the power sector have arrived in New Orleans to discuss the latest advancements and trends shaping the future of the industry.

POWERGEN International 2024 officially begins Tuesday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The event promises a week of education, networking and business between power producers, utilities, EPCs, consultants, OEMs, large-scale energy users and more.

At last count, the 2024 event is seeing a 42% increase in utility representation from 2023. Large-scale energy users are up 32% from last year. We have also enhanced the attendee onsite experience by bringing back the Power Park and, in the spirit of New Orleans, adding Creole cooking demos in one of our show floor Knowledge Hubs.

The event features a dynamic Keynote speaker lineup featuring thinkers and executives representing utilities, government and major power consumers. For those in attendance, there may even be a surprise or two.

POWERGEN’s technical conference program features nine tracks in 2024. The jam-packed program features presentations highlighting case studies, new breakthroughs and leading insights relevant to the power and utility industries. Click here to read about some of the most highly-anticipated sessions.

Sprinkled in are two mega sessions, which are 90-minute, high-level industry panels with thought leaders who dive deep into the most relevant topics related to the power sector. These mega sessions are open to all attendees.

But many people were in New Orleans before POWERGEN even began for a day of pre-conference learning.

Nearly 40 people attended site visits to Entergy’s New Orleans Power Station and Ninemile 6 plant. At New Orleans Power Station, attendees received an up-close look at the seven Wärtsilä 50SG engines providing a total output of 129.5 MW to the New Orleans area. At Ninemile 6, attendees got to see SPOT – The agile mobile robot, which conducts remote inspections. Attendees at Ninemile 6 also toured the combined-cycle units and water lab.

The show also brought back POWERGEN University (PGU) in 2024. The two- and four-hour courses offered intensive opportunities for attendees to gain skills and knowledge.

The most widely attended PGU course was Hydrogen Impacts on Gas Turbines: Performance, Emissions and Potential Regulations, which was led by Bobby Noble and Benjamin Emerson. The course explored often misunderstood or non-obvious impacts of combusting hydrogen in gas turbines, with discussion about gas turbine operability, emissions and combustion dynamics.

“This is kind of the make or break time to ensure that we set ourselves up for achieving a lot of the 2040, 2050 goals that are set in across most of the countries worldwide,” Noble told attendees.

POWERGEN International runs through Thursday.

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