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GPPS Forum20

15th - 17th January 2020

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Gala Dinner

GPPS Forum20 Gala Dinner

Lunch overlooking lake Zurich

Daily Lunch at the Dozentenfoyer

GPPS Forum20 Program

An excellent opportunity to catch up with and meet some of the global leaders of our industry. We have a good mix of panel sessions and keynotes, plus some great networking opportunities, like the Gala dinner.

Wednesday, 15th January | Day 1




11:00 - 18:00 Registration Ground floor ETH Main Building

12:00 - 12:45 VIP Reception Foyer Semper Aula | HG G 60

13:00 - 13:15

Opening Ceremony GPPS Forum20: Welcome Speech by Reza Abhari (Chairman GPPS Executive Committee, ETH Zurich)

GPPS Early Career Award, Innovation Award, Life Time Achievement Award and Service Award by Stefan Florjancic (Chairman GPPS Award Committee, Consenec, former Ansaldo Energia)

Semper Aula | HG G 60

13:15 - 13:45 Topic: Power Generation
Keynote 1: The role of gas turbines in a (deep) decarbonized electricity system

Stefan Becher (Siemens)
Semper Aula | HG G 60

13:45 - 14:15

Topic: Power Generation
Keynote 2: The Pathway Forward for Gas Turbines in a Decarbonizing Europe

Speaker: Michael Ladwig (EUTurbines)

Semper Aula | HG G 60

14:15 - 15:45

Topic: Power Generation
Panel 1: Decarbonized Energy Systems

As volatile renewable energy is growing worldwide, new technological solutions and business approaches are needed to ensure the security of supply, affordability, and accessibility. The upcoming decade of the 2020s is expected to demark a period of fundamental transformation for the entire power and energy generation industry by increasing focus on sector coupling, storage, back-up, and flexible power and digitalization.

In this session, OEM representatives take a look into the rear mirror on technologies and markets of the 2010s and present the trends in the decade of the 2020s, such as the coal-to-gas shift as part of a key stepping stone to reaching the climate goals by 2050.

Panelists: Marc Vignal (Solar Turbines), Christian Verhoeven (GE Power), Michael Ladwig (EUTurbines), Stefan Becher (Siemens)

Chair: Frank Eulitz (Siemens)

Semper Aula | HG G 60

15:45 - 16:15 Coffee break and break-out session  Foyer Semper Aula | HG G 60

16:15 - 16:45 Topic: Oil & Gas
Keynote 3: Hydrogen in Natural Gas Pipelines

Speaker: Thomas Huewener (OGE)

Semper Aula | HG G 60

16:45 - 18:15

Topics: Power Generation and Oil & Gas
Panel 2: Hydrogen Economy

Hydrogen is more and more discussed as a potential energy carrier for future transportation, aviation, and power needs. A hydrogen-based energy economy has the potential for drastically reduced carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions. This panel session will discuss the opportunities, challenges, and technical as well as commercial gaps that will need to be addressed for hydrogen to become a contender to replace more conventional hydrocarbon fuels. Panelists from major energy companies and users will present different perspectives.

Panelists: Matthew Blieske (Shell), Rainer Kurz (Solar Turbines), Thomas Hüwener (OGE), Volkmar Pflug (Siemens)

Chairs: Klaus Brun (Elliott Group), Frank Eulitz (Siemens)

Semper Aula | HG G 60

18:15- 20:00 Welcome reception

Thursday, 16th January | Day 2




08:00 - 18:00 Registration Ground floor ETH Main Building

08:30 - 10:00

Topic: Power Generation
Panel 3: Decentral or Central Power Generation: Quo Vadis?

While classic central generation plants feed-in power into large grids to meet demands of remote consumers, decentralized solutions match the load profiles of local consumption as given by industry parks, airports, city districts, islands, and similar local consumers.

Driven by increasing renewable energy and multi-modal integrated energy system solutions addressing electrical and thermal power needs simultaneously, decentral solutions are gaining in importance. While the local, mostly smaller scale, solutions offer a fast path to green autonomy by direct coupling with renewable energy, the challenges of stability, and in many cases of affordability, are prevalent.

Large, central generation solutions, on the other hand, offer economies of scale and can be integrated with renewable energy at a significant distance if the grid has the capacity.

This session will reveal current challenges and take a look ahead about upcoming opportunities and trends subject to different regional, regulatory, and climate conditions.

Panelists: Majid Bahmani (MAPNA Turbine), Ndoana Chokani (ETH Zurich), Wolfgang Korosec (Sankt Galler Stadtwerke), Christoph Manser (Swiss Life Asset Managers)

Chair: Reza Abhari (ETH Zurich)

Semper Aula | HG G 60

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break and break out session Foyer Semper Aula | HG G 60

10:30 - 11:00

Topic: Oil & Gas
Keynote 4: Transformational Technologies of 2020

Speaker: Joseph Thorp (Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures-North America)

Semper Aula | HG G 60

11:00 - 11:30

Topic: Oil & Gas
Keynote 5: Influence of Advanced Manufacturing and Analytical Technologies on the Turbomachinery Industry

Speaker: Karl Wygant (Hanwa Americas)

Semper Aula | HG G 60

11:30 - 13:00

Topic: Oil & Gas
Panel 4: Energy Transportation and Storage of the Future

Sources of energy, including hydrocarbon, wind, solar, nuclear, and others, are abundant in the world. But often, these sources of energy and the primary domestic and industrial users do not geographically coincide, and efficient and reliable energy transportation in the form of electric power lines or pipelines becomes imperative. Similarly, the recent increase of wind and solar energy requires the rise of distributed capacitance in the form of energy storage. This panel will discuss the energy challenges of the future as they relate to the transportation and storage of energy. Panelists from distribution companies and end-users will provide different perspectives.

Panelists: Michael Hotho (TechnipFMC), Tim Allison (Southwest Research Insitute), Klaus Brun (Elliott Group), Karl Wygant (Hanwa), Emmanouil Kakaras (MHI Europe), Joseph Thorp (Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures-North America)

Chair: Bernhard Winkelmann (Solar Turbines)

Semper Aula | HG G 60

13:15 - 15:00 Conference lunch Dozentenfoyer

15:00 - 15:30

Topic: Aviation
Keynote 6: Aviation - A look into the Future

Speaker: Michael P. Delaney (Boeing Commercial Airplanes)

Semper Aula | HG G 60

15:30 - 17:00

Topic: Aviation
Panel 5: Global Competition in Aerospace Research and Development

According to published market research from Boeing and Airbus, the world requires about 40'000 new aircraft in the coming 20 years, representing a 9 Trillion US$ economic investment.
The demand for the aircraft is approximately evenly distributed between the US, Europe, China, Asia (except China), and the rest of the world. Until recent times, over 90% of these aircraft would have been supplied by either Boeing or Airbus, with engines provided by GE, Rolls-Royce or Pratt and Whitney. Chinese investment in new aviation technology has been extraordinarily active, being focused on COMAC and AECC as regional commercial aircraft and engine manufacturers. The expansion of global OEM has created further incentives to invest in R&D to provide a unique selling proposition by each company. The new political reality of much greater scrutiny by society or the environmental footprint of commercial aircraft has necessitated the development of new quiet, low emission and carbon footprint aircraft and associated airline operation.
The panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities brought to industry on what is to become a total global environment. The economics and environmental requirements are becoming global, so are the opportunities. The research carried out by different institutes is available to all; the progress made in any country is available to all, and so is the knowledge acquired in academic and government institutions. The market is also open to all. It is a dynamic and exciting new world.

Panelists:  Mike Delaney (Boeing), Hiroki Haraikawa (JALEC)

Chair: Mike Benzakein (The Ohio State University)
Semper Aula | HG G 60

17:00 - 17:30 Break-out session (optional)
Foyer Semper Aula | HG G 60

19:00 - 23:30 Gala Dinner 
The evening begins at the The Kreuzgang for an open air aperitif, after which we move accross the square to enjoy fine food at the Zunfthaus zur Waag.
(only with valid ticket. Dress Code: formal business attire)
Zunfthaus zur Waag

Friday, 17th January | Day 3




07:30 - 12:00 Registration Ground floor ETH Main Building

08:00 - 08:30

Topic: Aviation
Keynote 7: GM Advanced Aviation Engineering

Speaker: Darin DiTommaso (GE Aviation)

Semper Aula | HG G 60

08:30 - 09:00

Topic: Aviation
Keynote 8: Forefront of Aviation Industries and for the Future

Speaker: Toshinori Sekido (IHI Corporation)

Semper Aula | HG G 60

09:00 - 10:15

Topic: Aviation

Panel 6: Propulsion for the Future I

The panel will discuss the goals and challenges of aircraft propulsion in the next 20 to 30 years. The environmental goals of noise and emission, as well as the maintenance and operational goals, should be reviewed. The advancements in technology like high-pressure ratio combustion, high-pressure ratio compressors, as well as new high bypass architectures, should be discussed. The panel should strive for recommendations for the future of the industry.

Panelists: Alan Newby (Rolls-Royce), Vincent Garnier (Safran), Darin DiTommaso (GE Aviation), Toshinori Sekido (IHI Corporation)

Chair: Chiyuki Nakamata (IHI Corporation)

Semper Aula | HG G 60

10:15 - 10:40 Coffee break and break-out session
Foyer Semper Aula | HG G 60

10:40 - 11:55

Topic: Aviation
Panel 7: Propulsion for the Future II

The panel will capture and discuss the needs required for newly developed propulsion systems. The environment and economic goals will be prevalent, and essential tradeoffs will be necessary. Strong partnerships between industry and government agencies will have to work together to provide the right products for the future.

Panelists: Pawel Stężycki (Institute of Aviation), Tatsuya Ishii (JAXA), Nicolas Noiray (ETH Zurich)

Chair: Reza Abhari (ETH Zurich)

Semper Aula | HG G 60

11:55 - 12:00

Closing Ceremony GPPS Forum20

Semper Aula | HG G 60

12:15 - 14:00 Conference lunch (optional) Dozentenfoyer

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