12/11/10 – Conference – The Contribution of Surface Engineering to Sustainable Energy
12 November 2010
On 8 December 2010, a conference entitled The Contribution of Surface Engineering to Sustainable Energy will take place at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington in the UK.This conference highlights the contribution of surface engineering in sustainable energy technologies including biofuels, wind turbines, low-carbon energy technologies, fossil-fuel power generation and high efficiency electroluminescent devices. It is jointly sponsored by The Thermal Spraying and Surface Engineering Association and the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network in the UK.
Sustainability in the energy sector encompasses both power generation and usage.Ensuring sustainable generation over the next 20 years will be driven by three major issues:Reliability of power supply. Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions Security of fuel supply, to reduce reliance on gas imports.
These developments will introduce more arduous operating environments for many items of power plant, in terms particularly of corrosion, erosion or operating temperature. Surface Engineering, comprising a wide range of technologies that modify the surfaces of materials and components to confer surface properties that are different from the bulk properties and thereby improve performance or service life, is predicted to be a particularly cost-effective means of addressing these needs. Also, several of the renewable generation technologies and the devices being developed to enhance efficiency of energy usage will rely critically on Surface Engineering for their operation.
The agenda and registration form are available from the TSSEA website.