The annual Global Technology Conference (GTC) is organised as a part of the World LPG Forum (www.wlpgas2014.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.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS NOW CLOSED
The World LPG Association announces the Industry’s 7th Global Technology Conference (GTC-2014) which will take place in Miami, USA, on Thursday 30th October 2014 during the 27th World LPG Forum and 29th AIGLP Congress.
The primary aim of GTC-2014 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 preceding Global Technology Conferences that took place in Chicago, Seoul, Madrid, Doha, Bali and London were extremely successful and included presentations from all corners of the world. Over 300 delegates attended the London GTC in October 2013.
Our goal is to make the GTC in Miami the best ever and once again we will invite all exhibitors at the Forum to attend the GTC session.
James Rockall Managing Director, World LPG Association (WLPGA)
Kimball Chen President of the Board of Directors, WLPGA
Call for abstracts 6th January 2014
Submission of abstract 30th April 2014
Acceptance/rejection of abstract to authors 4th June 2014
Notification of submission procedure for paper 4th June 2014
Submission of full paper 4th July 2014
Review & final author notification 18th July 2014
Submission of final paper & presentation 15th August 2014
Submission of author photo and abstract summary 15th August 2014
Presentation of Paper at GTC-2014 30th October 2014
Thursday, 30th October 2014
The GTC Innovation Award is given to the outstanding submission paper and is presented to the winner, and also a runner up, at the following year’s GTC. This year’s winner is ENEOS Globe, based in Tokyo Japan for its development of “Integrated Electricity Generation System optimised by Fuel Cell (ENE-FARM)”. They submitted their paper at the GTC 2012 which was held in Bali. The runner up is Aygaz, based in Istanbul, Turkey. Aygaz received their runner up award for its development of “Camping Gas Cylinder Recognition System”.
About the GTC and Call For Papers - Interview with David Tyler, 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. Typically we will receive over twenty abstracts for GTC and it is the role of the steering committee to select the best ten for showcasing in Miami on 30th October 2014. The selection criteria includes commercial potential, improvement in safety, technical innovation, 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. The ten successful authors are then asked to prepare a more detailed paper and presentation for GTC. 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-13, was ENEOS Globe and the runner up was Aygaz who were selected from their papers submitted in Bali.
What do companies gain from entering?
They gain exposure for their company and technology 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 Miami 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 or the AIGLP 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.