Special Technical Sessions

- Eliminating Global Energy Poverty- The IEEE PES Community Solutions Initiative (CSI)
Monday, July 25, 2011 - 2:00pm - 6:00 pm (Price: $30.00 USD)

This seminar will provide an overview of the activities of the IEEE PES Community Solutions Initiative (CSI).  The goal of PES CSI is to eliminate energy poverty among the 2 billion people without access to electricity, light and fuel. This goal is being achieved by developing and deploying extremely affordable open-source energy solutions that can be built, operated and maintained through training and empowerment of local people that may be living on an average of US$1 to US$2 per day.

CSI members are volunteer, dedicated professionals who sense a unique opportunity in history to eradicate global energy poverty. Many are practicing engineers; some are educators, professors, managers, business owners, members of boards, doctors, entrepreneurs, CEOs, and heads of NGOs with experience in developing countries.

During this seminar participants will learn how to make a positive and significant contribution to eliminating energy poverty by participating in development of extremely affordable energy solutions and /or deployment of CSI energy sources in developing communities. Specific examples of CSI projects--including the use solar, wind and human power for electricity generation—will be covered. Lessons learned from development and deployment phases of these projects and future directions will be discussed.

Organizers: Robin Podmore, IncSys and Ray Larsen, SLAC

- Fundamentals of Corrosion and Best Practices for Inspection and Assessment
Monday, July 25, 2011 - 1:00pm - 5:00 pm (Price $50.00 USD)

In 2007 IEEE PES and the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) formed a joint corrosion committee which completed a gap analysis identifying corrosion control deficiencies within the power industry. This work demonstrated that there was a common thread existing within each sector centered upon inspection programs, damage remediation and corrosion mitigation. NACE realized that solutions to these gaps may exist within their maintenance training and certification programs but must be retooled to integrate into existing asset management practices.

As a result of this work, the joint corrosion committee is offering this basic corrosion course.

This course explores the fundamentals of corrosion and best practices for inspection and assessment of the resulting damage. It is a two part course consisting of corrosion theory and laboratory instruction. Two instructors will present the training materials with examples relating to common issues found on electric utility structures. The price charged covers printed materials and laboratory supplies. CME’s will be made available upon request.

Additional information will be forthcoming; please check back.