Experts from Australia, Canada, France & U.S. to share viewpoints on hydroelectric generator maintenance

An international panel of experts will gather this month to discuss hydroelectric generator maintenance and other issues of concern to developers, owners and operators of all hydropower projects.

Topics included in the discussion are factors that can affect unit availability, efficiency relating to corona effects on stator end windings, rotor pole-to-pole connection cracking, and control system performance.

The discussion is being offered as part of HydroVision International 2013’s Operations & Maintenance track.

Experts speaking are:

  • Chris Brown, Engineering Supervisor, Puget Sound Energy, United States
  • Jean-Louis Drommi, Senior Engineer, Hydro Engineering Department, Electricite de France, France
  • Greg Stone, Dielectrics Engineer, Iris Power LP, Canada
  • John Iles, Electrical Engineer, Hydro Tasmania, Australia

“Generator maintenance is a topic of paramount importance to hydro project owners all over the world, no matter a plant’s size. Hearing from these world-renowned experts — together in one room — to discuss how generators age and fail, how to detect problems before failure, and how to fix them is a unique opportunity hydro professionals won’t want to miss,” says Marla Barnes, event director and publisher of PennWell’s Hydro Group.

The hour-and-a-half session begins at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 25, 2013, and is one of 73 being offered in HydroVision International 2013’s educational slate that includes seven program tracks, three technical paper tracks and poster gallery.

HydroVision International 2013 is the world’s largest event dedicated entirely to the hydropower industry. This year’s conference and exhibition runs July 23-26 at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center.

For more information, or to register as an attendee, visit

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