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Energy Recovery Hydropower Workshop

Tuesday June 27, 2017
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Registration: US$125


This Event Is Designed for:

  • Water System Operators
  • Individuals interested in learning more about energy recovery hydropower, a technology that captures mechanical energy available in existing water supply infrastructure (such as existing canals and pipelines)


By attending, you’ll:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the market trends and size of the energy recovery hydropower market
  • Get an update on current and pending federal and state policies relevant to this market
  • Review, in depth, available technologies for energy recovery in canals and pipelines

Event Overview
This workshop will focus on the nascent energy recovery hydropower industry, with a particular focus on new technologies becoming available, which can help water system operators to profitably capture energy which is currently being wasted within existing water system infrastructure.




FERC Relicensing – What to Do When the Dollars Don’t Add Up? Surrender or Creatively Relicense

Tuesday June 27, 2017
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Registration: US$200

Pre-Registration is Required
Register by June 20, 2017


This Event Is Designed for:

  • Hydro Project Owners
  • Hydro Project Operators
  • Regulatory/Licensing Staff with projects coming up for new licensing in the next ten years.


By attending, you’ll learn about:

  • Options that may be available outside of FERC’s traditional and integrated licensing processes
  • How the surrender process works and what to expect from that process
  • Case studies of projects that have already gone through these processes as well as the experiences of fellow seminar attendees

Event Overview
In the next ten years, there are a large number of small hydroelectric projects, with marginal economics, coming up for relicensing. Owners will be faced with the challenge of how to approach relicensing in the most cost effective manner possible.
Options explored in this workshop will include alternatives to FERC’s Traditional and Integrated Licensing Processes as well as the applicability of Surrender and Non-Power License Applications.




Hydro Cavitation Repair

Tuesday June 27, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Registration: Free

Pre-Registration is Required
Register by June 21, 2017


This Event Is Designed for:

  • Hydro Plant Managers
  • Plant Engineers
  • Plant Maintenance Supervisors
  • Journeymen



*Attendance limited to first 50 registrants


By attending, you’ll learn:

  • The proper application of cavitation repair
  • To determine when to repair cavitation
  • To estimate the cost and duration of cavitation repairs

Event Overview
Through informal presentation and Q&A, Southern Company provides information on how to determine when to repair a turbine runner and how to estimate costs associated with repair, including materials and manpower. Takeaway materials will be provided.




Hydrogenerator Stator Winding Maintenance Course


Tuesday June 27, 2017
8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Registration: US$200

*Attendance limited to first 40 registrants


This Event Is Designed for:

  • Engineering and maintenance personnel who purchase, test, maintain, and/or repair high-voltage rotating machines
  • Consultants
  • Manufacturers
  • Repair Shop Personnel



By attending, you’ll:

  • Learn about stator winding design and failure mechanisms
  • Understand stator winding repair options
  • Gain a better understanding of condition based (predictive) maintenance

Event Overview
The course -- presented by Dr. Greg Stone -- provides plant and engineering personnel with the important design features of hydrogenerator stator windings that can affect maintenance and winding life.

Course content includes:
✓ Electrical, mechanical and thermal design of the windings is reviewed
✓ Main failure mechanisms of the windings are described/outlined (inadequate design/manufacturing, loose windings, thermal aging, load cycling, partial discharges and contamination)
✓ Since most windings need maintenance or replacement due to insulation problems, the importance of the insulation in determining maintenance and life is stressed
✓ Off-line tests such as insulation resistance, polarization index, partial discharge and hipot are discussed
✓ Proven online monitors -- thermal, partial discharge and magnetic flux – are presented
✓ Emphasis for each test and monitor will be on applicability to specific windings and practical interpretation
✓ Basic methods to repair the common stator winding problems are presented




Hydro Research Roundtable - Student Findings and Updates


Tuesday June 27, 2017
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Registration: Free


This Event Is Designed for:

  • Hiring Managers
  • Hydro Project Operators
  • Executives
  • Researchers



By attending, you’ll:

  • Gain access to cutting-edge research
  • Hear updates on what universities are researching
  • Spend time with top new talent in the hydropower industry

Event Overview
During this research roundtable, graduate students share their recent findings through their cutting-edge research for hydropower and provide previews of upcoming research being funded by the Foundation.




National Hydropower Association (NHA) Town Hall


Tuesday June 27, 2017
1:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Registration: Free

Afternoon refreshments will be served


This Event Is Designed for:

NHA members and representative of any industry company or organization interested in learning more about NHA.  You don’t have to be a member of NHA … the town hall is open to all HydroVision International attendees.



By attending, you’ll:

  • Network with NHA leadership, staff, and fellow industry members at this fast-paced, fun and interactive session
  • Hear an overview of NHA’s agenda and initiatives
  • Get your questions answered and comments heard




On-Camera Essentials for Power Industry Professionals


Monday June 26, 2017
12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Registration: US $250

*Attendance limited to the first 25 registrants


This Event Is Designed for:

Power industry professionals who should attend this training include the following: Utility owners, engineers, project managers, plant personnel, contractors, suppliers and consultants who either are or will be a primary focus while appearing on camera to communicate information to viewers.


Event Overview:

In the power industry, video is a vital tool for communicating, training, and selling. In fact, data from a survey of PennWell’s audience of power professionals indicates nearly 50% of power professionals use video to help them do their job.

Chances are, you have been asked … or will be asked … to appear on camera to answer questions from a reporter, participate in an interview with the trade press, communicate to fellow employees, explain a product or service, and the list goes on!

When the time comes … and it will! …. are you prepared to be on camera?  If your answer is “No,” this workshop is for you!

During a fast-paced, immersive, highly interactive half-day training session, PennWell communication professionals will help you fashion, develop and apply your toolkit of on-camera essentials.

You will learn the ins and outs of incorporating the use of video in the power industry and tangibly break down what this means to individuals who will be on camera as the content expert.

This professional development workshop is uniquely industry-specific in its design for power industry professionals ranging from principals and asset managers to engineers and technical specialists.

Course Highlights:
The afternoon will speed by with fun and thought-provoking topics:

  • I am busy.  Why do I have to appear on camera as a content expert
  • Artifactualization -- What it is and why you must maximize it through science.
  • Raw to Refined: Things I must specifically do.
  • Content ALWAYS trumps your on-camera comfort level and physical appearance.
  • While on camera, make difficult choices to follow policy, but remain flexible.
  • Controlling specific aspects of your on-camera appearance.



Setting Your Hydro Project Up for EHS Success


Monday June 26, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Registration: FREE


This Event Is Designed for:

  • Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) personnel
  • Project Managers
  • Project Directors
  • Outage Coordinators
  • Tender Managers
  • Plant Staff



By attending, you’ll:

  • Learn ways to reduce the risk of injuries and environmental impacts at a project
  • Gain insight about how to partner with subcontractors and clients to maintain mutual EHS, compliance and environmental project goals and objectives
  • Find out ways to streamline project compliance

Event Overview:
With the aging hydro fleet, more and more retrofits are being planned. Consequently, the need for increased safety and compliance is becoming more and more critical to the success of all involved … project owner, contractor, and subcontractors.

This training, provided by GE Renewable Energy, will provide EHS best practices for use throughout the life cycle of a retrofit project, including in the critical phases of:

  • Tendering
  • Post Contract Award
  • Mobilization
  • Execution
  • Lessons Learned




Vibration and Airgap Monitoring of Hydrogenerators


Monday June 26, 2017
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Registration: US$100

*Attendance limited to first 40 registrants


This Event Is Designed for:

  • Engineering and maintenance personnel responsible for the purchase
  • Installation and maintenance of hydrogenerators



By attending, you’ll:

  • Gain a better understanding of interaction between hydrogenerator design, operating condition and vibration/airgap
  • Hear case studies of airgap and vibration problems

Event Overview:
This course covers the concept and approach to modern machine condition monitoring systems that combine various types of monitoring, such as:

  • Vibration monitoring (relative shaft and absolute bearing vibrations, axial displacements / vibrations)
  • Air gap and magnetic flux monitoring (impact of rotor and stator design, static and dynamic geometry of rotor and stator, rotor and stator shapes and dynamics)
  • Monitoring of electrical quantities (load temperature, load angle)
  • Monitoring of hydraulic quantities (rough zone detection, Pressure pulsations, cavitation, vibration turbine cover)



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ZOOM Watch Course: On-Demand 24/7 Service for Machine Diagnostics and Monitoring


Tuesday June 27, 2017
8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Registration: US$100

Registration Includes:

  • Dinner on Monday evening - accompanying persons are invited
  • Coffee breaks and lunch on Tuesday
  • Portfolio with notepad and USB device with the workshop content
  • "Attestation" (completion) certificate issued at the end of the workshop

This Event Is Designed for:

  • Power Generation Personnel
  • Utility Decision Makers
  • Owners of Generating Assets
  • Plant Managers
  • Operations and Maintenance Personnel
  • Technicians


*Attendance limited to first 50 registrants


By attending, you’ll:

  • Gain knowledge about application of state-of-the-art and field-proven technology for the diagnostics of the
    condition of hydro generators
  • Learn best operation and maintenance practice for the actual condition of the turbine
  • Retain useful information to better manage your generators, avoid forced outages, and improve
    machine availability

Event Overview

The course addresses various monitoring issues: through a complete integrated monitoring platform, application notes
will be presented displaying the benefits of air gap, shaft vibration, magnetic flux, rotor pole and joint temperature,
as well as blade tip clearance. 

A discussion will be held on how the ZOOM Watch program is used to avoid forced outages and allows utilities to better manage the operation and maintenance of their assets. Case studies will be presented, as well as an introduction to how this 24-hour-per-day, 7-day-a-week service is used by utility personnel and management.

If you are refurbishing a machine, or are working closely on hydro generators, then this course is a must.