POWER-GEN AFRICA & DISTRIBUTECH AFRICA 2018
CONFERENCE THEMES & TOPICS

Please see below a list of the POWER-GEN Africa & DistribuTECH Africa 2018 Conference Themes and Topics. The Call for Papers closed in January 2018. The below topics are those which will fill the 2018 Conference Programme in Johannesburg.

ELECTRICITY INDUSTRY STRATEGY













KEY MARKET TRENDS
Trends in electricity demand  Fuel choices, trends & costs  Electricity pricing, tariffs and subsidies  Government/municipal policies & planning  Security of supply  Rural electrification  Microgrids  Environmental & renewable energy strategies  Managing aging assets  Capacity building, skills and training  Interconnections and power pools  Gas to power programmes  Impact of Digitalisation

MARKET MODELS & REGULATION
Country or regional analyses  Market design, policy & regulation  Power pools & energy trading  Unbundling & privatization  Legal & regulatory frameworks  System planning & management  Trends in distributed generation  Environmental policy and regulation

PROJECTS, PLANNING & FINANCE
 Legal & contractual issues  Project structures  Attracting investment  Finance & lending models  Multilateral lending & export credit  Asset management  Contractor issues  Project case studies

INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING
 Power plant development  Grid development  Decentralised energy solutions  Optimization of electricity production  Energy Efficiency  System design  Independent power programmes  Managing fuel supplies  Integration of renewables  Captive power solutions  

FOSSIL BASED GENERATION


POWER PLANT TECHNOLOGY
 Coal plant technology  Steam turbines  Gas turbines  Combined cycle plants  Boilers & HRSGs  Reciprocating engines  Cooling systems  Coal gasification  Emissions control  Generators  Digital technology  Hybrid plants  Flexible generation  Co-firing  Balance of plant

OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE
 Maintenance & outage management  Maintaining power quality  Staff training  Plant optimization  Refurbishment & life extension Materials handing  Heating & cooling systems  Flexible operation  Case studies

POWER DELIVERY & CUSTOMERS





























UTILITY & MUNICIPALITY BUSINESS
 Policy & regulation  Customer engagement  Revenue realisation  Infrastructure investment  Business models  Digitalisation  Integrated demand management Approach to cost of supply study  Network planning & design  Asset management  New revenue streams  Impact of alternative and distributed generation

POWER DELIVERY
 Infrastructure management  Network planning & design  Transformers/switchgear  Standards, rules & regulations  Power quality  Overhead line design, selection & maintenance  Electrification  Energy storage for grid support  Renewable initiatives/integration  Managing cable networks

METERING
 Advanced metering infrastructure  Funding of AMI  Pre-paid meters  Smart meters  Substation metering  Automatic meter reading  Data analytics

SYSTEM AUTOMATION
 Back office support  Cyber security Data analytics  Communication technology  Network automation  Smart technology  Grid automation standards  Grid sensors  System modelling  Technology as a business enabler

SYSTEM OPERATION
 SCADA  Energy management systems  Grid monitoring  Asset maintenance: transformers, switchgear, overhead lines Field service management  Equipment monitoring/testing  Cabling  HVDC/HVAC

WORKFORCE
 Occupational health & safety  Workforce productivity  Recruitment, development & training  Resource modelling

RENEWABLE ENERGY



PLANNING & FINANCE
 Planning, forecasts, assessments  Renewable projects & opportunities  Financing renewable projects  Renewable policy & regulation  Risk & security assessment Support mechanisms  Grid access & integration

TECHNOLOGIES & PROJECTS
 Hydropower  Wind energy  Solar energy  PV and CSP  Biomass  Geothermal  Wave & tidal  Waste to energy  Hybrid designs  Operations & maintenance  Energy storage systems  Rural electrification