“Additive-Talks”: What are the implications of AM for the Energy Industry?

Back with a new season of Additive Talks, with ETN Global as a first network partner for our session

One thing we learned from the first season of Additive Talks is that our community wants to learn by mingling and sharing with other practitioners. So here we are, back with a new season of Additive Talks!

The only thing is this time; we are not going to hold several panel discussions during a whole day. One-step at a time, each month, we will demystify the grey areas, professionals in vertical industries face in their daily manufacturing activities.

Starting in May 06th from 03.30 pm – 04.30 pm (CET = Brussels Time), we will kickstart this new season by diving into the energy industry. Together with representatives from ETN Global, Siemens Energy and Engie, we will discuss the “implications of Additive Manufacturing for the Energy Industry”.

This session will have the support of ETN Global as network partner.

Established in 2005, ETN Global is a membership association bringing together the entire value chain of the gas turbine technology community. Through cooperative efforts and by initiating common activities and projects, ETN encourages and facilitates information exchange and cooperation to accelerate research, development, demonstration, and deployment of safe, secure, affordable and dispatchable carbon-neutral energy solutions by 2030, implemented globally by 2050.

With over 110 members from 22 countries active in the whole supply chain of the sector, the organization gathers energy companies, users of gas turbines, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), research institutes and universities as well as consultancies to name a few categories of members.

A closer look at the speakers

The panel will feature Sebastian Piegert, John Oakey as well as Steve Nardone who work respectively for ETN Global & Cranfield University, Siemens Energy and Engie.

Sebastian Piegert is leading the Additive Manufacturing Technology and Materials Development function within the Additive Manufacturing organization of Siemens Energy Generation out of the gas turbine plant in Berlin since 2014. He is also acting as the technology field lead for additive manufacturing for entire Siemens Energy. If you are not familiar yet with Siemens Energy AG, then please note that that the company was created on April 1, 2020, as a result of a restructuring of the Siemens Group. The energy division has been an essential part of the company since the foundation of the group by Werner von Siemens and Johann Georg Halske. The Siemens portfolio covers the whole spectrum of applications to design, finance, build, operate and maintain a modern smart grid and power distribution systems. Being at the heart of the manufacturing industry for several years now makes Piegert an interesting speaker to discuss the manufacturing perspective regarding the use of AM within this sector.

Sebastian Piegert

Steve Nardone is an international expert in metallic materials for power plants. He specializes in additive manufacturing (3D printing) and manages multidisciplinary projects focusing on the full range of materials used in the energy sector. Engie SA is a multinational electric utility company, which operates in the fields of energy transition, electricity generation and distribution, natural gas, nuclear, renewable energy and petroleum. The company remains one of the few players in the sector to develop expert skills in both upstream (engineering, purchasing, operation, maintenance) and downstream (waste management, dismantling) activities. At this virtual table, and taking key examples from his work at the company and his expertise in materials development, Nardone will bring the user perspective around this table.

Steve Nardone

John Oakey is board member at ETN Global. He also works as a Professor of Energy Technology, at Cranfield University (UK). As AM is increasingly used across several industries including the energy industry, the gas turbine technology community quickly becomes aware of its potential. As ETN aims to provide key insights and valuable information that will help its community move forward, ETN has divided its work and collaboration with its companies members into 5 key areas of interest: Air Filtration, Exhaust Systems, Hydrogen, Micro Gas Turbine and obviously Additive Manufacturing. It goes without saying that at some point, all groups can benefit from the expertise brought by others. As the board member of ETN Global and a professor of Energy Technology, Oakey is uniquely positioned to bring key insights into the ins-and-outs of the energy industry and why AM can be an interesting production candidate for energy companies.

Additive Manufacturing vs Energy Sector?

For most professionals, talking about AM in the energy industry often comes down to say that the technology enables the production of highly complex turbine components. As several developments are being discussed across the Energy industry, be it for more sustainable energy sources or for better ways to tap natural resources, AM can affect more than just the production of turbines. But How? What is the good, the bad and the ugly about these implications? Our speakers are ready to demystify all the grey areas around this topic. Want to know more?