Call for papers: POWER-GEN Africa, DistribuTECH Africa to focus on sustainability

PennWell Corporation, the organisers of the fourth annual POWER-GEN Africa and third DistribuTECH Africa conference and exhibition, have announced the Call for Papers for both events now open, with a deadline for abstract submissions of 6 January 2016.

PennWell’s Events Director for Africa, Feraye Gurel notes that Africa’s premier power events move back to Johannesburg in 2016, after being staged in Cape Town for the past two years. “These co-located conferences and expo have grown in stature in the four years since the inaugural POWER-GEN Africa conference in 2012. Attracting over 2,000 delegates and over 110 exhibitors from across Africa and abroad, POWER-GEN Africa and DistribuTECH Africa serve as a key information sharing hub for the continent’s power sector stakeholders. In 2015, the events attracted high-level decision-makers from government and the private sector across countries including Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.”

The next POWER-GEN Africa and DistribuTECH Africa will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from 19 – 21 July 2016, under the banner ‘Creating power for sustainable growth’. Industry experts, government leaders, researchers and academics are invited to submit abstracts for speaking slots at either event. The abstracts will be assessed by POWER-GEN Africa and DistribuTECH Africa’s high-level, pan-African advisory boards to compile a topical programme in line with industry requirements.

DistribuTECH Africa, with its focus on power transmission and distribution addresses a broad range of topics including automation and control systems, energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, the rapidly-growing advanced metering market and technologies, T&D system operation and reliability, power delivery equipment and utility technology. Abstracts are invited under themes including Utility Business Sustainability, Metering, System Automation, System Operation, Power and Water Delivery, and People/resources.

POWER-GEN Africa will address burning issues around meeting the region’s need for an estimated $490 billion in additional generating capacity in a sustainable manner. With a growing focus on alternative and renewable energy, the conference will assess hydro, geothermal, solar, biogas and biomass gasification among its industry trends overviews. Abstracts are invited under themes including Market Trends, Market Structure & Regulation, Strategic Planning, Projects & Financing issues, Fossil Fired Technology, Nuclear Power, Operation & Maintenance, Financing Renewables, Renewable Energy Policy & Regulation, Wind Technology, Solar Technology, Biomass, Hydro Technology, Geothermal, Grid Integration, Energy Storage Systems, Rural Electrification, Emerging Renewables, Hybrid Power Plants, and Forecasting and Resource Assessment.

POWER-GEN Africa and DistribuTECH Africa attracts a broad range of delegates, including regional electricity distribution companies, power producers, utilities, oil and gas companies, energy and engineering consultants, government and regulators, environmental agencies, development agencies and investors. Exposure at these conferences allows experts and thought leaders to showcase research papers, best practice methodologies, industry innovations and success stories to the most comprehensive cross-section of African power players under one roof.

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