The annual Global Technology Conference (GTC) is organised as a part of the World LPG Forum (www.worldlpgforum2015.com). The primary aim of GTC is to showcase the most innovative and original technological ideas from around the world and create new opportunities for the LPG industry.
It brings the LPG industry together, represented by all its stakeholders, from research entities to academic partners, LPG producing companies to equipment manufacturers, LPG distributers as well as the total supply distribution chain and beyond it.
The World LPG Association announces the Industry’s 8th Global Technology Conference (GTC-2015) which will take place in Singapore on Tuesday 29th September 2015 during the 28th World LPG Forum.
The primary aim of GTC-2015 is to showcase the most innovative and original technological ideas from around the world and create new opportunities for the LPG industry. It brings the LPG industry together, represented by all its stakeholders, from research entities to academic partners, LPG producing companies to equipment manufacturers, LPG distributers as well as the total supply distribution chain and beyond it.
James Rockall Managing Director, World LPG Association (WLPGA)
Kimball Chen President of the Board of Directors, WLPGA
Call for abstracts 19th January 2015
Submission of abstract 2nd May 2015
Acceptance/rejection of abstract to authors 12th June 2015
Submission of PowerPoint & presentation 31st July 2015
Submission of author photo and abstract summary 31st July 2015
Presentation of Paper at GTC-2015 29th September 2015
GTC Innovation Award
The Innovaton Award will be granted to the winner of the GTC 2014 programme chosen from paper presented in Miami in 2014.
About the GTC and the Call For Papers - Interview with David Tyler, Director, WLPGA and Nikos Xydas, Technical Director WLPGA
What does the steering committee look for in a winner?
The steering committee consists of experienced LPG experts from around the world selected from various disciplines representing both the upstream and downstream LPG business. Last year we received over thirty abstracts for GTC. It is the role of the steering committee to select the best ten for showcasing in Singapore on 29th September 2015. The selection criteria includes technical innovation, commercial potential, improvement in safety, new application, optimisation of operations and image enhancement. When we assess the scores we also look for balance in the programme as we want to make GTC as interesting as possible for everyone attending the event. Even the abstracts that are not selected for presenting on the day are showcased in the form of a large poster display.
What sort of innovations have won in previous years and why?
The first GTC was held in Chicago in 2006 and since then we have received technology papers representing innovations throughout the entire LPG value chain. From technology to improve the yield at the well head; through the distribution chain with new operational technology to improve cylinder filling and an innovative tamperproof/gastight consumer seal for cylinder valves; to the consumer with new applications such as weed burning in the agricultural sector, domestic fuel cells and commercial fumigation units for hospitals. Actually any technology that can be applied to any part of the LPG business can be showcased. Four years ago we decided to select the best paper at GTC for the WLPGA Innovation Award. A UK company, Ceres Power, was the first winner in 2011 with their fuel cell technology and a Japanese company, Ito Koki, won in 2012 with an innovative design, 'LPG Applied Technology For Seismic Hazard', to safely isolate LPG systems during an earthquake. Last years’ winner, who was presented at GTC-14, was PRINS AUTOGASSYSTEMEN B.V. and the two runners up were ITO KOKI Co. Ltd. and AIUT who were selected from their papers submitted in London.
What do companies gain from entering?
They gain significant exposure for their company and the technology, practice or procedure they present but they also have the opportunity to engage with the delegates at the Forum to explain their products and services. They also can be assured that they have contributed to the future development of the LPG industry. Every company submitting an abstract will at the very least find themselves being showcased at the GTC Poster Display. If they are selected they will have 15 minutes to explain to the several hundred GTC delegates what their technology is all about. And if they go on to win the WLPGA Innovation Award they can leverage that in their marketing and public relations. With GTC being held in Singapore this year it is a fantastic opportunity for companies and individuals to take part. You do not have to be a member of the WLPGA to be part of GTC so we hope everyone who reads this considers submitting an abstract and also passes it on to other colleagues in the LPG industry and encourage them to submit an abstract too.