About 1,800 people from 113 countries attended the 29th World LPG Forum & 2016 European Congress Nov. 15-17 at the Firenze Fiera Congress & Exhibition Center in Florence, Italy.
According to the World LPG Association (WLPGA), the top countries represented include Italy, France, India, Turkey and the United States. In addition, 120 companies exhibited at the event, which offered networking opportunities, educational sessions, side events and a global exposition.
The theme of this year’s event was “A Bridge to the Future,” with discussions focused on global opportunities for propane. The main roundtable, “The Role of LPG in the Energy Future,” chaired by veteran BBC journalist Roger Harrabin, discussed the world’s challenges in trying to meet energy needs of the future. During the roundtable, Dan Dorner of the International Energy Agency shared how the 2016 World Energy Outlook was launched at the same time as the roundtable.
WLPGA technical director Nikos Xydas opened the Global Technology Conference (GTC), which was chaired by Grace Willis of the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and Richard Hakeem of the UKLPG. The GTC featured discussions on new technologies impacting the propane industry, including propane as an engine fuel, ways to improve propane quality and safety, and ways to improve packaging and distribution.
In addition, WLPGA hosted the GTC Awards ceremony, celebrating the World LPG Association Innovation Awards winner from the GTC 2015 in Singapore – Randy Erwin of M-TriGen with his paper “LPG Powered Micro Combined Cooling Heating and Power Systems.” Greg Kerr of PERC was the 2015 runner-up with the paper “LPG Direct Engine Research.” Can Tikiroglu of Aygaz won the 2016 WLPGA Innovation Awards, followed by runners-up Cinch Munson of PERC and Christoph Reimnitz of GE.
WLPGA plans to host the World LPG Forum on Oct. 3-5, 2017, in Marrakech, Morocco. The AEGPL Congress will take place June 21-22, 2017, in Lisbon, Portugal.