Global Technology Conference Reaffirms Benefits of LPG Technologies for Consumers and Businesses
Propane Innovations Deliver Economic, Environmental, and Operational Efficiencies to Residential and Commercial Users
Chicago, Ill., (October 27, 2006)— The inaugural LP Gas Global Technology Conference (GTC), held October 19-20 in conjunction with the 19th annual World LP Gas Forum, showcased the latest advancements in residential and commercial propane technology to an international audience of equipment users, academics, energy experts and propane marketers. More than 300 members of the global LP Gas community gathered to discuss propane-fueled technologies and their potential to deliver off-peak sales and growth opportunities in new markets.
“The Conference demonstrated that the propane industry is on the cutting edge of technological innovation,” said Roy Willis, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and chairman of the World LP Gas Association Global Technology Network. “Viable propane-fueled technologies, such as fuel cells, distributed power generators and low-emission school buses, only begin to tell the story of how our industry is leading the way in developing practical and responsible products for the marketplace. Our goal for the conference was to create a collaborative venue for learning about these and other innovative technologies, and I think we succeeded. “
The GTC, hosted by the Propane Education & Research Council and the World LP Gas Association (WLPGA), provided a focused look at specific technologies from distributed power generation and commercial lawn mowers to composite cylinders and poultry house sanitizers. Presentations and exhibitions concerning combined heat and power (CHP) generation proved popular among attendees, as such generators offer consumers clean, reliable off-grid energy that significantly reduces electrical and heating expenses.
One large-scale CHP system that was presented by the Gas Technology Institute is currently being implemented into a Marriott resort in Kauai, Hawaii while another micro-CHP system from Japan is anticipated to be commercialized in the U.S. in the near future.
Attendees also responded enthusiastically to presentations of technology-based business models. A featured model proposed using handheld computers, satellite and cellular communications, and routing software to combine customer demand forecasting with real-time driver communications for highly efficient deliveries. By using this model the company was able to consolidate 600 fully staffed offices to 135 service centers, thereby reducing the number of staff as well as other operating and capital costs.
Conference presenters were also able to benefit from the opportunity to present their innovations to a global audience.
“Our paper presentation has created quite a lot of interest amongst propane marketers that were present,” said John Vollen, Vice President of The Fuel Web, Inc., a presenting organization at the Conference. “The event was a success for The Fuel Web and was probably the best venue we could have hoped for to launch our product offering.”
The Forum Exhibition which ran concurrent with the Forum and GTC provided an opportunity for more than 40 exhibitors to showcase their products and services to industry leaders from all over the world. In line with the theme “Technology Driving Growth”, a variety of exciting new inventions and prototypes were on display.
“This exhibition is a great opportunity for us to introduce our products to key industry players. Prior to the Forum, we didn't have a market in the U.S., now we hope that will change, based on the contacts we have made here,” said exhibitor Yukiko Utsumi, Itokoki group, of Japan.
While presenters and attendees will reap the benefits of their participation, the overall impact of the Conference will continue to be felt worldwide – within the global propane industry, in the energy sector as a whole, and in homes and businesses of propane customers.
“The information gained and the insights shared will greatly help individual consumers as well as the industry as a whole,” said Willis. “The technologies presented at the conference will help the world meet its energy needs of today, as well as face the new challenges of tomorrow.
For more information on the GTC or the 2006 World LP Gas Forum, visit www.wlpgasforum2006.com or contact PERC’s Grace Willis at (202)452-8975 or WLPGA’s Volker Andresen at +33 1 58 05 28 00.
The World LP Gas Association (WLPGA) unites the broad interests of the worldwide LP Gas industry into one independent organization. Established in 1987, the WLPGA is the authoritative voice of the international LP Gas industry with a membership spanning the globe. It brings together private and public companies involved in one, several or all activities of the industry. Producers, marketers, transporters, equipment manufacturers, distributors, national and regional LP Gas associations, and consulting engineering firms are all represented. WLPGA is based in Paris, France. For more information, visit http://www.worldlpgas.com/.
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is a nonprofit 501(c)6 trade organization that is authorized by the Propane Education and Research Act of 1996 (PERA), Public Law 104-284. PERC was created "to enhance consumer and employee safety and training, to provide for research and development of clean and efficient propane utilization equipment, and to inform and educate the public about safety and other issues associated with the use of propane." PERC is based in Washington,
D.C., and is dedicated to promoting the safe, efficient use of propane as a preferred energy source. For more information, visit http://www.propanecouncil.org/.