Global Technology Conference

The annual Global Technology Conference (GTC) is organised as a part of the World LPG Forum (www.worldlpgforum2017.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 primary aim of GTC2017 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.

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WLPGA Global Technology Conference (GTC2017)

Increasing Global Market Opportunities for LPG

30th World LPG Forum – Marrakech
Tuesday 3rd October 2017

The Industry’s 10th Global Technology Conference (GTC2017) will take place in Marrakech on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 during the 30th World LPG Forum.

Key Dates

Call for abstracts: 16th January 2017

Submission of abstract: 8th May 2017

Acceptance/rejection of abstract to authors : 12th June 2017

Submission of PowerPoint & presentation: 31st July 2017

Presentation of Paper at GTC2017: 3rd October 2017

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GTC Innovation Award

The Innovation Award will be granted to the winner of the GTC2017 programme chosen from paper presented in Marrakech.

Selected Abstracts 2017 for the 30th World LPG Forum
Should Propane and LPG displace Fuel Oils in Gas Turbines for Power Generation?

Electrification and access to affordable electricity are essential for economic development and improvements in quality of life. As intermittent renewable power generation increases, distributed power generation will provide system stability, improved efficiency and security of supply.

While natural gas is considered the bridging fuel to a zero carbon power generation future, in many places natural gas is not yet available, or its’ supply cannot be guaranteed. In these instances, diesel or heavy fuel oils are chosen either as the primary or back-up fuel.

Diesel and fuel oils are highly polluting fuels. Combustion of these fuels leads to the high greenhouse gas emissions, while also emitting high levels of pollutants such as NOx, SOx and particulate matter which are both damaging to the environment, and hazardous to human health. Propane and LPG can be utilised instead of fuel to create clean, high efficiency distributed power plants with a reduced environmental impact.

Mr Michael Welch, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery, United Kingdom
Nikos Xydas

Most countries require that LPG has a sufficient smell, before it is distributed. Therefore, LPG is commonly odorized with Ethylmercaptan (EtSH). Even after correct odorizing, there are many factors of influence that can change the odorant concentration (odor fade). Odorization control is a very safety aspect in the LPG business. The human nose (sniff test) is not a reliable method to get accurate and repeatable measurement results. This paper will introduce a handheld instrument (ODOR handy plus) for quick analysis on site.

Mr Frank Sasse, Axel Semrau, Germany
Diesel-LPG Dual Fuel Conversion of Heavy Duty Vehicles

Aygaz, together with a Turkish LPG conversion partner, has developed a diesel-LPG dual fuel conversion kit for heavy duty vehicles and it is ready for implementation today. The conversion system has been tested on 13 test vehicles for 2 years and completed a total of 1 million km mileage all around Turkey. According to the fuel consumption data logged, fuel costs have been decreased compared to diesel-only mode. Drivers of the trucks showed close attention to using LPG, noting there was no performance or drivability difference with diesel. Laboratory tests were also conducted on test trucks on a dynamometer and showed similar results with road tests. According to the calculations, 6% decrease in CO2 and 35% decrease in PM emissions can be achieved. Diesel-LPG conversion offers a great opportunity both for vehicle owners and LPG distributors in the near future.

Mr Can Tikiroglu, Aygaz, Turkey
GreenOdor – A sulphur-free odorant for LPG

Since LPG is an odorless gas, odorizing agents (odorants) are dosed to LPG to detect gas leakages. The commonly used odorants for LPG, such as Ethyl Mercaptan, contain sulphur in high levels. As known, sulphur leads to SOx emissions which has hazardous effects on human health and environment.  To remedy the problem, Aygaz has developed a sulphur-free odorant for LPG, Greenodor. Greenodor is presented as a solution for SOx emission problems of the LPG sector and it is an industrially applicable product. It has been developed with the collaboration of Aygaz, local universities and research institutes. Greenodor is an ecological and patent-pending product for LPG suppliers and distributors who pay attention to environmental protection. Greenodor can be used as a replacement for traditional LPG odorants which typically contain sulphur.

Ms Elif Atak, Aygaz, Turkey
Remote Maintenance for LPG Vaporizers’ Installations in Bulk Customer Sites

During last years, LPG installations equipped with Vaporizers; have showed many operational reliability that affected customers operations and that necessitated emergency interventions and costly corrective maintenance actions by our field technical service. The project aim was to move from a reactive maintenance model towards a predictive service model. The solution was developed in partnership with locally global GSM module integrator and consists of the following. Measurement instruments (T°, Pressure, Voltage, Current) are installed to read the operating parameters of the installation. The Bulk Customer installation is equipped with an intelligent GSM/GPRS module to collect LPG vaporizer alarms status and operating parameters, store and transmit SMS and e-mail via Internet. In terms of notifications, the field technician and maintenance manager receives alarm SMS messages and e-mails are sent to supervision staff. A supervision station is installed in office to monitor in detail the installation in real time through dedicated graphical interface, graphs and alarm log. Alarms and parameter measures are archived for further review and analysis as necessary

Mr Nabil Guejaj, Vivo Energy, Morocco
Steps to Grow Gallons: Developing, Testing, and Evaluating LPG-Powered Tractors

In 2012, PERC partnered with Case-New Holland/Fiat Industrial, to “define the technical feasibility and market receptivity” of two classes of LPG-powered tractors. For the propane industry, tractors provide a significant growth opportunity. For New Holland, LPG provides a clean energy alternative that facilitates regulatory compliance. The two classes of tractors we have developed have performed well and market feedback has been positive. The lessons we have learned have been invaluable.

Mr Cinch Munson, Propane Education & Research Council, USA
Kraftwerk Inc. Power Solutions: Completely new compact and portable fuel cell, running on natural gas

Kraftwerk Inc. has developed a completely new compact fuel cell, that runs on natural gas — LPG, LNG, CNG, propane, butane etc. — as well as hydrogen. It is the only low cost, light weight fuel cell capable of repeated cycling and quick startups. It can be used for stationary, portable and transport devices.

Mr Martin Pentenrieder, Kraftwerk Inc. Power Solutions, Germany
Bridge Power with LPG

The LPG industry is entering a period of lower prices and an abundance of supply. This technology provides a unique opportunity using LPG as a bridging feedstock until Ghanaian indigenous gas is available. The Bridge Power Project is a greenfield project in Tema, Ghana for the rapid deployment of a 350 MW generation facility to be fueled by LPG.  The project will be developed in two phases on an accelerated timeline.  Phase one will be comprised of five fuel-flexible GE TM 2500+ which will operate in combined cycle to generate 144 MW.   Phase two will generate an additional 206 MW through a combined-cycle system consisting of four GE LM 6000 PC Sprint Gas Turbines and a purpose-built GE Steam Turbine are to be added. The project will run on imported LPG under a long-term fuel supply arrangement which will include an LPG storage facility which will be built as part of the project infrastructure.

Mr Christoph Reimnitz, GE Global Growth & Operations, Germany
Ultragaz multi-business, reliable product and service offerings: sustainable, women empowerment LPG store and extrafarma drugstore/Ultra Group

Ultragaz, a pioneer company and leader in LP gas in Brazil (1937), belongs to Ultra, one of the largest Brazilian corporate groups operating in these segments with respective companies: fuel distribution – Ipiranga; chemical specialties – Oxiteno; storage of bulk liquids – ULTRACARGO; and retail drugstore – Extrafarma. Ultragaz serves 11 million households and 50 thousand corporate clientes. The first Sustainable LPG Shop was opened in the city of Fortaleza. At the same complex, Extrafarma also opened the first chain drugstore to work together with the shop. The installation of a Sustainable Shop and an Extrafarma Drugstore in the same place is an important step for Ultra Group, because, besides representing the beginning of the first joint operation of both companies, it translates into more convenience for consumers as well as better results for communities and the business.

Ms Daniela Gentil and Ms Regiane Gimenez, Ultragaz, Brazil
AG Coupling for small bulk tank

This new device helps the driver to connect and disconnect this new nozzle on the small bulk underground tank when they need to refill it. It will facilitate the driver’s operation. To make the connection, the driver pushes the female coupling onto the male one and turns 90°.

Mr Alain Deleuse, Mann Teknik, Sweden
Effective business models are key to unlocking the LPG-based power generation / CHP market

Delta-ee’s research showcases some of the effective business models that are key to unlocking the LPG-based power generation / CHP market. New and innovative business models are emerging for the energy and heating industries and these are allowing some new market entrants to challenge the incumbent players, circumvent existing supply channels, and find new value pools and profitable revenue streams to make a more compelling commercial proposition. Deep knowledge of all of these aspects is extremely important for the LPG industry as business models can make use of these values and differentiators, repackaging or bundling them as something more attractive for the customer and the other parties involved.

Ms Dina Darshini, Delta Energy and Environment, United Kingdom