Introduction

Dear colleagues,

In the attempt to disseminate the positive practice and results of technological development concerning power generation problems, Society of Thermal Engineers of Serbia, following successful International events POWER PLANTS 2004, 2006, and 2008, is organizing International Conference POWER PLANTS 2010, in cooperation with the Electric Power Industry of Serbia (EPS), under the auspices of the Ministry of Mining and Energy, Ministry of Science and Technology Development, Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Serbia. The Congress POWER PLANTS 2010 is foreseen to gather energy policy makers, company managers, researchers, technical experts, environmental engineers and the other professionals actively involved in the strategic, economic, social and environmental aspects of the research, development and operation of Power Industry, mostly from the member countries signatories of the TREATY establishing ENERGY COMMUNITY of the SOUTH EASTERN EUROPE (ECSEE) and from other countries, concerned with topics and implementation of the ECSEE TREATY.

Conference POWER PLANTS 2010 will be a good opportunity for the participants and European Commission DG TREN and ENERGY COMMUNITY representatives to review and discuss achievements obtained in the ECSEE TREAT implementation, analyze problems and propose future necessary activities.
In the last 20 years Power Plants in SEE countries due to economy transition problems, local conflicts, war destructions and financial crisis, have been functioning in a very difficult and specific exploitation conditions of disturbed and closed market, resulting in remarkable decrease in financial support for maintenance but with lot of exploitation problems. The most important among them are malfunctions, damages and irregular functioning of the equipment in the Power Plants caused by imposed conditions and, first of all, due to decreased investments in maintenance. Intensive exploitation of plants under such circumstances led to the decrease of energy efficiency, reliability, availability and business efficiency of Power Plants, along with relative increase of environmental pollution (soil, waterways and air).

On the other hand, economy transition towards market economy, the consolidation and transformation/transition of Power Industry companies toward competing subject on the united free market of electrical energy according to ECSEE TREATY imposed various problems and professional questions to the management and experts in Power Plants. These problems are related to increasing reliability, availability, energy efficiency, i.e. productivity and ability to compete in order to meet the international market competition in a better way and also to fit in the sustainable energy development concept. High level of expert knowledge and efficiency of all professionals, involved in power generation are the key factors for solving these problems. We are sure that the exchange of scientific and expert knowledge and experience, expected to take place on the Congress, can significantly help in solving these problems.

Having in mind the importance and research priorities, the Ministry of Science and Technology Development of the Republic of Serbia under programs Energy and Mining and Energy Efficiency, financially supports chosen projects of the defined priority topics, that are about to create technological improvements and prerequisites for increasing energy efficiency in the existing plants of the technological system of power generation in ‘EPS’. The Conference is a chance and duty of the researchers to disseminate achieved results and to point out the potential application in power generation practice.


Dr. Predrag Stefanović, Chairman of Organizing Committee
Society of Thermal Engineers of Serbia
P.O.Box. 522, 11001 Belgrade, Serbia

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