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07 Oct 2011 02:10:29

Power-Gen Asia and Renewable Energy World Asia attains record attendance

Power-Gen Asia and co-located Renewable Energy World Asia, the region's premier conference and exhibition for the power generation, renewable and alternative energy and transmission and distribution industries, enjoyed a record attendance of over 6,700 power industry professionals in attendance in Malaysia.

Converging on Kuala Lumpur to meet, share ideas and enhance their knowledge and skills in a high quality conference programme, over 700 delegates learned about new technologies, opportunities and strategies developing in the region.

Of particular interest were the nuclear power breakout sessions, which saw two panel discussions of nuclear specialists talk about nuclear power generation post-Fukushima and how the industry can move forward.

Panelist Kazuaki Matsui, executive director from the Japanese Institute of Applied Energy said that Japan was still optimistic about the future of nuclear power as part of the energy mix and lessons had been learnt. The consensus from the panel was that once safety and security issues are reassessed and addressed that the nuclear power option is still very much alive.

Judging by the large attendance in the sessions, there was visable interest in the debate surrounding mega trends in the Asian power market and in latest developments in large gas turbine technology as well as the prospects for carbon capture and storage.

Another aspect of the conference that was received in high acclaim were the solar and hydropower sessions in the Renewable Energy World Asia conference, demonstrating the desire for increased investment in renewable technology and the challenges the industry faces in achieving renewables targets.

The end of three days of conference presentations and discussions came to a close to great appreciation and the presentation of the Best Paper Awards.

Exhibitors enjoy busy floor with quality traffic
There was no let up on the exhibition floor either, which also saw over 6,700 attendees looking for new technologies, products and services from the 180 exhibitors at the KLCC Convention Centre.

One visitor commented, "The range of quality exhibitors at Power-Gen Asia and Renewable Energy World Asia is excellent. It has enabled me to source new suppliers and solutions in one place at one time. My visit to the event has been very worthwhile."

With such a good quality audience of power industry executives interested in sourcing new products and suppliers, exhibiting companies were kept busy and excited about potential business opportunities available in Malaysia, and the wider South East Asia region, that is experiencing economic growth and the need to invest in new infrastructure for a more secure energy future.

Glenn Ensor, director of international events at PennWell, said, "The 2011 Power-Gen Asia and Renewable Energy World Asia in Malaysia has been fantastic. We have received great feedback from exhibitors about both the quality and quantity of attendance here in Kuala Lumpur, as well as conference delegates commenting about the quality of the conference programme."

"The support of many of the country’s industry bodies, including the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water, Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Sarawak Energy and many other organizations has played a huge role in making this event such a success, to which we are greatly appreciative and I would like to personally thank them for their efforts and commitment," concluded Mr Ensor.

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