On Tuesday 17th November, Bowman Power Group exhibited at Energy4Power Live, a showcase and networking event bringing together professionals from the standby power, electrical and energy sectors. Hosted at the London Hilton, Energy4Power Live 2015 had over 50 speakers, including Bowman’s CEO, Dr Toby King.
Displaying the latest innovative products and equipment for the power generation industry, Energy4Power Live held four conference streams; GENSETLive, CHPLive, RENEWABLESLive and UPSLive.
Here are some of the highlights from the GENSETLive conference stream:
Dr Hezlin Ashraf-Ball, Engineering Director of EJ Bowman, a midlands based company specialising in heat exchangers and oil coolers, gave a presentation which demonstrated the uses of its heat exchangers on gensets, showing how they can be used to provide extra heating or cooling. Numerous projects in the Antarctic have demonstrated benefits for customers, saving up to 50% of the wasted exhaust heat and using it to warm homes and local facilities.
Romain Mocaer, Consultant for Powergen Statistics, outlined past, current and future trends in global genset imports and exports, giving attendees an insight into the market in 2016 and onwards. Findings suggested low growth rates in the Middle East, Western Europe and the Americas, but positive trends in Eastern Europe and South East Asia. Regions which had been dominating stationary power market exports in previous years, such as the UK and the US, have seen a decrease in sales, while countries such as China and Russia have increased their imports, Powergen reported. Despite this, the UK is still the third highest exporter of gensets in the world.
Martin Wagner, Business Development Manager of Ener-G, spoke about the impact of diminishing government incentives for customers using biogas, with an 80% drop in global investment in the sector and a decrease in the use of agricultural feedstock. This was balanced by a prediction that use of food and drink waste as anaerobic digestion feedstock would increase.
Roger Le Roux, Business Development Manager of Western Global, explained the uses of large fuel tanks, and outlined the company’s recent history, including their expansion into the US. As experts of industrial liquid handling, the company demonstrated their dedication to proper storage of fuel on industrial sites. Many of these projects involve storing diesel fuel for stationary gensets, especially in African regions.
Dr Toby King presented a case study detailing the use of Bowman’s Electric Turbo Compounding (ETC) technology on a CAT 3516 TA genset. Sewatama is an Independent Power Provider (IPP) based in Indonesia, which is contracted by the state utility, PLN, and is liable to penalties if engine fuel efficiency targets were not met. Before ETC installation, the engine was not meeting these targets.
Dr King stated; “Over the nine month pilot, Bowman’s ETC systems reduced the engine’s fuel consumption by 7%, substantially increasing average engine efficiency. Sewatama was able to exceed efficiency targets, while also reducing their carbon emissions.”
Sales Director Andy Davies and Business Development Manager Christophe Poncelet were on hand to answer questions and provide information on Bowman’s technology, talking to a number of industry professionals from varying sectors of the power industry.