Technical Program

Advance Program: A complete listing of Technical Sessions and Committee Meetings

Technical Tours

Technical tours are a unique element of the PES General Meeting technical program. This year, the following tours are being offered to registered attendees of the General Meeting. All tours depart from Jefferson Ave entrance of the GM-Renaissance Center Complex. Please arrive 15 minutes earlier than the posted departure time. Advance registration for the tours is required. There is no on-site registration for technical tours.

NOTE: Due to the live working environment through which the tours are conducted, the tour routes may take the visitor over unpaved surfaces and elevated platforms.

DTE Energy Monroe Power Plant- Air Pollution Control Installations (FGD)
Tuesday, 26 July 2011    8:00 AM- 12PM    Renaissance Center- Jefferson Ave Entrance
US $30.00
Environment: Industrial and construction - Hard sole shoes are required for this tour.


Monroe Power Plant is the largest of DTE Energy's power plants, generating nearly 20 million megawatt-hours annually. It is the country's fifth-largest power plant. With the new and innovative "scrubber" technology, Monroe Power Plant will reduce its sulfur emissions by over 98%. To date, Unit 3 and Unit 4 scrubbers are commissioned and in service, and the Unit 1 and Unit 2 scrubbers are under construction.

This tour is a great opportunity for you to take a look at major components as they are being assembled as well as viewing fully operational scrubbing units. To remove air pollution agents, the exhaust gases pass through a spray of limestone and water, or "slurry", where sulfur dioxide in the gases reacts with calcium carbonate to form gypsum. Gypsum is commonly sold or donated to drywall companies, depending on the market. This process is commonly called Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD).

ITC Transmission - St. Antoine Substation
Tuesday ,26 July 2011    1:00 PM- 4:00PM    Renaissance Center- Jefferson Ave Entrance
US $15.00
Environment: Industrial


A prime example of our industry's aging infrastructure, ITC Transmission had four mid-1970s vintage gas-insulated substations (GIS). Leaking SF6 gas, used to insulate the 120-kV transmission bus and circuit breakers, had always been an issue since just a few years after the original installation, inhibiting their overall performance and impacting reliability. The St. Antoine station in downtown Detroit was of particular concern because it served critical loads including General Motors' world headquarters – reliable transmission supply was crucial.

ITC partnered with Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. (MEPPI) to replace the legacy GIS equipment. The primary design focused on safety, reliability and low maintenance. MEPPI has a reputation for very low SF6 emissions equipment, and stands behind their equipment with a leak rate guarantee of less than 0.1% per unit volume per year.

The St. Antoine site presented many operational challenges, primarily in that the substation had to remain in service during the replacement project. In addition, only 30 percent of the load could be removed at any given time. Typical of an urban site, there was little laydown space for staging and storing materials, and the replacement needed to occur within a short window between the 2006 Super Bowl, hosted in Detroit, and the 2006 summer load period.

Working together with MEPPI, ITC successfully completed the project in May 2006.

A123 Systems- Cell Manufacturing
Wednesday July 27    8:00 AM- 12:00PM    Renaissance Center- Jefferson Ave Entrance
US $30.00
Environment: Industrial and manufacturing


Founded in 2001, A123Systems' proprietary Nanophosphate™ technology is built on a new nanoscale materials initially developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A123Systems is now one of the world's leading suppliers of high-power lithium ion batteries designed to deliver a new combination of power, safety and life.

Based on new nanoscale materials initially developed at MIT, A123Systems' low impedance Nanophosphate electrode technology provides significant performance advantages over alternative high power technologies.

The company's cell and electrodes are designed to deliver low cost/watt and cost/watt-hour performance. They have higher voltage than other long-life systems, enabling lower pack cost. Their long life leads to reduced lifecycle and system costs resulting in greater overall price-performance.

NextEnergy –Micro Grid and Other Smart Grid Related Systems
Wednesday, 27 July 2011    1:00 PM- 4PM    Renaissance Center- Jefferson Ave Entrance
US $15.00
Environment: Industrial and manufacturing

Launched in 2002, NextEnergy is already one of the nation's leading research catalysts and business accelerators for alternative and renewable energy. NextEnergy is developing new technologies for power-generation, transportation and fuels

This tour offers an opportunity to learn more about microgrid power generation and will include a visit of NextEnergy's microgrid pavilion. Incorporated in this program are multiple other test and validation platforms or NextEnergy's alternative fuel testing platform. The highlights will also include vehicle charging stations, DC power network for buildings and other partnerships and projects