In November 2020, we were planning on bringing the GenTech conference back for another year, bringing you the same fascinating talks, seminars and networking as we did in 2019. Much like everyone, we didn’t expect a global pandemic to occur. We thought about having GenTech2020 as a virtual event, but that would mean losing some of the best parts of the conference – face-to-face networking, great food and drink… oh and a big plane! As such, we’ve decided not to host an event this year, and instead wait till 2021 when we can hopefully host one in person. However, we would like to remind you of what went down last year: the speakers, the topics and everything else that occurred.
Welcome and 1st Keynote
The conference started at around noon with registration and lunch, a chance for a quick chat over food before Power Electrics’ Brian Holland took to the stage to kick off the conference. Brian gave a little background on the event; explaining why GenTech was started and what we wanted to achieve that day. He then passed the mic onto Dr Clare Holman for the first keynote on Air Quality Policy – Where is it going? Clare has worked on air quality management for over 35 years, with experience in developing emissions inventories, emission control, ambient monitoring, dispersion modelling, cost-benefit and cost-effective analysis and policy development – advising governments in Europe, Asia and Africa. As you can imagine with such incredible experience and knowledge, the first keynote had everyone furiously writing notes and asking questions.
Next on the agenda were two sets workshops – the first set included the topics: “The Importance of Generator Sizing”, “Utilising Hybrid Technology with Generators” and “The Medium Combustion Plant Directive & Abatement”.
After 30 minutes, it was time for the next set of seminars, this time on the topics: “The Impact of G59 to G99”, “Reducing Emissions with Bio-Fuel” and “The Rise of Clean Air Zones”.
To get a better understanding of how these seminars were arranged and who presented in each workshop, you can find the full agenda here.
A quick tea and coffee break to refresh everyone and then we were back in the main theatre for the final keynote from Dr Chadden Hunter, discussing the Secrets of Planet Earth 2. Chadden is a documentary Producer and Director, working on some of the best-known natural history series of recent times, including Planet Earth and Frozen Planet. His presentation revealed the huge challenges of making these spectacular series that combine detailed planning, technical excellence, personal risk and a whole lot of patience.
After a genuinely unforgettable keynote, it was time for a well-deserved drink. Not many conferences can say they ended with networking and drinks alongside the last Concorde to ever fly, but we can.
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