For forty years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Electric Utility Chemistry Workshop (EUCW) sponsored papers and presentations from world-class experts that provided practical information to power plant chemists, engineers and operators. Topics ranged from high-pressure steam generation chemistry to cooling water treatment to multiple environmental issues and many others. Networking opportunities have also been a prime feature of the event, along with the pre-conference seminar that each year digs deeply into a specific technical issue of importance to the industry. The EUCW will return to an in-person format from June 7-9, 2022, in Champaign, Illinois. Information is available at the EUCW website: www.conferences.illinois.edu/eucw.
Beyond the return of the in-person event, the 2022 workshop plans an expansion of the technical papers and presentations to topics covering co-generation and industrial steam generation. Included in, but not limited to, these industries are refineries, pharmaceutical plants, steel mills, petrochemical producers, pulp and paper plants, college campuses, medical facilities and district heating/cooling plants. Steam generation, cooling water and environmental chemistry issues are equally as important, and often more complex, at these facilities, as at dedicated power plants. And, of course, all industries are facing challenges to reduce carbon emissions, where improvements in steam generation efficiency will play a major role.
Even though the formal announcement will not be made until next year’s workshop, papers covering co-generation topics are already being developed for the 2022 conference. All power, co-generation and industrial steam generation technical staff should mark your calendars for the return of this superb event.