Thailand is switching on to opportunities in the renewable energy sector, and the focus has attracted a major international conference.
The prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Power & Energy Society (PES) will hold its 2019 GTD Grand International Conference & Exposition in Bangkok, the first time the biennial event will be held outside the United States.
The conference, to be held at Bangkok’s BITEC centre (19-23 March 2019), is the world’s largest professional gathering for electrical power generation, transmission and distribution technologies, including generation from renewable sources. It will act as the umbrella for three concurrent specialised conferences and exhibitions: Power Generation Asia, Transmission and Distribution Asia, and Renewable Energy Asia. Some 10,000 visitors are expected to attend, with 4,000–5,000 of those being international.
The win aligns with Thailand’s current Alternative Energy Development Plan (AEDP), which was developed to reduce dependency on imported energy. It sets a goal of increasing the country’s share of renewable energy consumption from 12 per cent to 30 per cent by 2036. Thailand is actively encouraging innovation and investment in the generation of power from waste, biomass and biogas, solar, wind and hydro to protect the ecology, economy, and security of its national power system.
The huge event has harnessed the support of Thailand’s growing energy industry, from government to the private sector and academia. This includes the Royal Thai Government’s ministries of energy, interior, and tourism and sports, the Electrical Generation Authority of Thailand (EGAT), the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) and the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), as well as the faculties of engineering from 15 universities in the Kingdom.
The choice of Thailand for the 2019 conference is a strong vote of confidence in the IEEE PES Thailand Chapter, which proved its worth as a host of the 2015 Innovation Smart Grid Technology (ISGT) Asia Conference, and was subsequently honoured with the 2016 Outstanding Chapter Award. Membership within the Thailand chapter has grown more than 20 per cent in the last two years off the back of a number of educational and advancement projects in the engineering and energy sectors.
(via ICCA, Tilleke)