GenTech2019 Reminder

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.

The Seminars

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.

2nd Keynote

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.

Were there any topics that weren’t covered last year that you would like to be included in GenTech2021? Let us know using the poll below.

We’d love to get your thoughts on what topics should be discussed at GenTech2021. We’ve listed a few below that will likely be on everyone’s minds, but if there are any topics you think should be included, please do let us know using the form below. Thank you.

The Medium Combustion Plant Directive and Abatement

It’s estimated that there are around 143,000 medium combustion plants (MCPs) in the EU. On November 25th, 2015, the European Parliament signed a new directive to tackle the issue of regulating emission limits from medium combustion plants. These include SO2, NOx and dust that are released into the air.

The MCPD aims to reduce these emissions and the risks to human health and the environment they can cause and lays down the rules to monitor emissions of carbon monoxide (CO). It was proposed as part of the Clean Air Policy Package in 2013 to help regulate pollutant emissions from the combustion of fuels in plants with a rated thermal input equal to or greater than 1MWth and less than 50MWth.

Emissions are typically defined as flow, particulates and gas concentrations of stack gas emissions. The ELVs (Emissions Limit Value) have been brought in as a standard measurement for MCPs to limit the emissions, with the aim of reducing pollution in the atmosphere.

The directive will fill the unregulated gap that exists at EU level between smaller appliances (less than 1MW) and large combustion plants (over 50MW). A new MCP is a combustion unit that was first fired on or after 20th December 2018, anything used before that is termed as an existing plant.

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 SI 110 were published in January 2018 to transpose the requirements of the MCPD from 2015. Any piece of equipment that burns fuel, with very few exceptions, and where the rated thermal input (gross fuel input) is between 1 and 50MW (this is applicable to each individual unit).

Diesel and gas engine generators rated above 400kVA are also applicable, as well as any appliance that uses fuel to generate heat or electricity. It also applies to boilers, generators and other mobile plants rated above 1MW thermal input.

What are the key principles?

  • Instil regulation of MCPs between 1 and 50MW (an electrical output between 330kW and 17MW)
  • Monitoring of CO2 levels and an Emissions Limit Value (ELV) based on the size and type of combustion plants.

Emission limit values set in the MCPD will have to be applied from 20th December 2018 for new plants. Plants with thermal input above 5MW must have a permit by 1st January 2024, and plants with thermal input between 1 and 5MW by 1st January 2029.

These regulations are of course dependent on several factors such as technology, fuel type, and specific site which haven’t yet been fully ratified. This means that further changes to the proposed legislation may occur before it must pass parliamentary approval. It will provide long-term certainty for all economic operators concerned and will be designed to be affordable for SMEs.