Filtration & Separations In Power Generation

March/April 2015 | Volume 34 No. 2

The power generation industry will be the focus of the American Filtration & Separations Society (AFS) 2015 Spring Conference, April 27-30, in Charlotte, N.C., during National Filtration & Separations Week.

Filtration News Open PleatsCharlotte is long known as a major hub for textiles, banking and NASCAR, but is also ranked nationally and internationally for its widely diversified energy industry. The AFS 2015 conference will take place in Charlotte, known as the “Energy Cluster” with its 300 energy-oriented firms and 30,000 plus energy employees. The Carolinas region, as a whole, is an “Epicenter” concentration of energy engineering, construction, and research & development organizations in the United States and now perhaps globally. North and South Carolina drive significant power generation engineering, research & development, construction and academic offerings as well as headquarters of the largest utility in the country – Duke Energy.

“There is a rapidly changing landscape for energy generation and the need for increasingly superior filtration technology, especially as regulators tighten rules and the ability to measure becomes even more precise,” said Ed Gregor, conference chairman. The American Filtration & Separations Society believes both industries will have numerous opportunities to scrutinize new filtration ideas, and needs, but most of all to learn from each other as the two industries co-locate.

The conference has been structured in such a fashion where attendees can interact with both energy and filtration industry professionals. The setting will examine unmet filtration and separation power generation needs, and filtration companies to unveil industry technology, trends and new developments in one of the world’s leading energy centers. Gregor added: “The program will zero in on many of the energy needs in one of America’s two most highly regulated industries where new and emerging filtration technologies and solutions play a significant role.”

Utilities, global engineering companies, construction companies and researchers will provide presentations, sharing insights into their most critical unmet needs in one track. International filtration, filter and system design companies will present their new and emerging technologies in the second track. A third track, titled Theoretical, Applied Science and Design will review modeling, simulations and analysis subjects, targeted toward research oriented and academic side of power generation. The format provides a platform for detailed information, technology exchange, linking and professional contact. Newcomer Alevo, along with EPRI, DOE, Bechtel, McIlvaine Company and Duke Energy have been invited to participate with insights and contributions from their perspective on expectations along with their view of current and future needs and trends.

Scott Carlberg, former president of E4 Carolinas, a two-state energy industry trade group, said, “Linking power generation users and suppliers at a single filtration and separation event is where technology, new relationships, clean energy and filtration solutions converge.”

The American Filtration & Separations Society is the largest Filtration Society in the world and the principal educator of the industry. The Society hosts annual conferences in support of industries and infrastructure where filtration, separations and coalescing are a critical factor to the success of American business.
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