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1st International Conference on SF6 and the Environment Agenda

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EPA’s SF6 Conference is held for the benefit of:

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Electric Power logo
Electric Power Systems

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Magnesium Industries

The papers, presentations, and poster papers from the conference that are currently available are listed below on the conference agenda.

To access any of the lists of participants, click on “List of Presenters,” “List of Poster Presenters,” or “List of Attendees.”

List of Presenters (PDF) (4 pp, 120K)
List of Poster Presenters (PDF) (1 pg, 89K)
List of Attendees (PDF) (10 pp, 133K)

Day 1, Thursday, November 2, 2000

Plenary Session I

Introduction and Welcome
Eric Jay Dolin
Gregory Picker, Policy Officer, Australian Greenhouse Office
SF6 and the Environment: Understanding, Measuring, and Managing
  • The Science of Global Climate Change and the Role of SF6
    Jerry D. Mahlman, Former Director-Emeritus, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Paper #1 (PDF) (23 pp, 1.8MB), Paper #2 (PDF) (3 pp, 306K)
  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Methods for Measuring SF6 Emissions
    Dina Kruger, Branch Chief, Methane & Sequestration Branch, USEPA
    Presentation (PDF) (20 pp, 206K)
  • Global Climate Change Policy: The View From Here
    Vicki Arroyo Cochran, Director of Policy Analysis, Pew Center on Global Climate Change
    Paper (PDF) (4 pp, 20K), Presentation (PDF) (27 pp, 7.5MB)

Plenary Session II

US EPA’s Voluntary SF6 Emission Reduction Partnerships and a Perspective On Global Sales of SF6
  • EPA’s SF6 Emission Reduction Partnership for the Magnesium Industry
    Scott Bartos, Program Manager, USEPA
    Presentation (PDF) (17 pp, 236K)
  • EPA’s SF6 Emission Reduction Partnership for Electric Power Systems
    Eric Jay Dolin
    Paper (PDF) (3 pp, 298K), Presentation (PDF) (9 pp, 169K)
  • SF6 Production and Distribution: Results of RAND Survey and Implications for the Utility and Magnesium Industries
    Katie D. Smythe, Senior Project Manager, RAND Environmental Science & Policy Center
    Paper (PDF) (8 pp, 67K), Presentation (PDF) (25 pp, 220K)

Plenary Session III

International Perspectives On SF6 Emission Reduction
  • Australia
    Gregory Picker, Policy Officer, Australian Greenhouse Office
    Paper (PDF) (5 pp, 23K), Presentation (PDF) (13 pp, 443K)
  • Germany
    Katja Schwaab, Product Manager, Halogenated Substances, Federal Environmental Agency
    Paper (PDF) (8 pp, 180K), Presentation (PDF) (12 pp, 401K)
  • Japan
    Shigeru Maruyama, Manager, Department of Engineering,The Federation of Electric Power Companies in Japan Masanari Meguro, Assistant Senior Manager, Toshiba Corporation
    Paper (PDF) (9 pp, 105K), Presentation (PDF) (26 pp, 776K)
  • Denmark
    Frank Jensen, Biologist, Miljostyrelsen (Danish EPA)
    Presentation (PDF) (26 pp, 95K)
  • Canada
    John Ayres, Senior Program Engineer, Minerals & Metals Division, Environment Canada
    Paper (PDF) (6 pp, 30K), Presentation (PDF) (13 pp, 151K)
Utility Breakout Session I: Effectively Managing SF6: Leak Detection And Reduction
  • EPRI’s SF6 Management Program
    Ben Damsky, Manager, Power Electronics Systems, EPRI
    Paper (PDF) (7 pp, 254K), Presentation (PDF) (15 pp, 670K)
  • Experience with Infrared Leak Detection on FPL Switchgear
    John Fischer, Project Manager, Florida Power & Light
    Dave Keith, Field Service Manager, Roberts Transformer

    Paper (PDF) (8 pp, 223K), Presentation (PDF) (19 pp, 825K)
  • Standoff Wide Area Detection of SF6 by Means of a Passive IR Imaging Spectrometer
    E. Robert Schildkraut, Vice President, Corporate Development and Research, Block Engineering, Division of Spectra Optics Incorporated
    Paper (PDF) (10 pp, 1.3MB), Presentation (PDF) (21 pp, 1.3MB)
  • Remanufacturing Older Breakers
    George A. McCracken, Operations Manager, ABB Power T&D Service
    Paper (PDF) (5 pp, 43K), Presentation (PDF) (15 pp, 360K)
Magnesium Breakout Session I: Alternative Melt Protection Gases
  • International Magnesium Association (IMA) and SF6
    Byron Clow, Executive Vice President, IMA
    James Hillis, Chairman of IMA’s SF6 Substitution Committee, Noranda

    Presentation (PDF) (10 pp, 230K)
  • Hydrofluorocarbons as a Replacement for SF6 in Magnesium Processing
    Nigel Ricketts, Senior Leader for Magnesium Production, Australia’s CRC for Cast Metals Manufacturing
    Paper (PDF) (7 pp, 141K), Presentation (PDF) (12 pp, 1.2MB)
  • Handling and Use of Sulfur Dioxide for Magnesium Melt Protection
    Darryl L. Albright, Director of Market Development, Hydro Magnesium
    Presentation (PDF) (24 pp, 521K)
  • A Replacement for SF6 The MagShield System
    Allen Schultz, Director, Light Metals - North America, HATCH
    Paper (PDF) (10 pp, 355K), Presentation (PDF) (29 pp, 1.5MB)
Poster Sessions
  • Poster #1: The SF6 ReUse Program
    David Iacoe, Solvay Fluorides, Inc.
    Michael Pittroff, Solvay Fluor und Derivate GmbH

    Paper (PDF) (6 pp, 48K)
  • Poster #2: Impact of High Voltage SF6 Circuit Breakers on Global Warming - Relative Contribution of SF6 Losses
    Jean-Luc Bessede, Alstom T&D France
    Werner Krondorfer, Alstom T&D USA, Inc.

    Paper (PDF) (6 pp, 245K)
  • Poster #3: Historical Global Emission Trends of the Kyoto Gases HFCs, PFCs and SF6
    Jos G.J. Olivier, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
    Joost Bakker, TNO-MEP

    Paper (PDF) (13 pp, 204K)
  • Poster #4: Electrical Insulation Performance of Extremely Small Amount of SF6 in N2 Mixture and the SF6 Reduction Rate for Electric Power Apparatus
    Hitoshi Okubo, Nagoya University
    Presentation (PDF) (22 pp, 862K)
  • Poster #5: Carbon Membrane Separator for Elimination of SF6 Emissions from Gas Insulated Electrical Utilities
    Gil Dagan, Giora Agam, Vitaly Krakov, Len Kaplan, Carbon Membranes Ltd.
    Paper (PDF) (5 pp, 164K)

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Day 2, Friday, November 3, 2000

Utility Breakout Session II: Recycling SF6
  • CIGRE’s Recycling Guide
    Phil Bolin, General Manager, Substation Department, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products
    Presentation (PDF) (24 pp, 182K)
  • SF6 Maintenance Equipment Fundamentals
    Eric Campbell, General Manager, DILO Company, Inc.
    Paper (PDF) (7 pp, 273K), Presentation (PDF) (19 pp, 5.8MB)
  • SF6 Recycling: Where are We?
    Bryan Smith, SF6 Product Manager, Cryoquip, Inc.
    Paper (PDF) (3 pp, 39K), Presentation (PDF) (17 pp, 220K)
  • Product Stewardship for SF6
    Ewald Preisegger, Environmental & Public Affairs Manager, Solvay Fluor and Derivate
    Paper (PDF) (6 pp, 93K), Presentation (PDF) (11 pp, 386K)
  • SF6 Management and Handling by Switchgear Manufacturers and Users: An Overview of the Situation in the European Union
    Jan W. Wouda, Capiel HV Technical Committee
    Presentation (PDF) (9 pp, 218K)
Magnesium Breakout Session II: SF6 Management and Process Optimizations
  • GasVue and the Magnesium Industry: Advanced SF6 Leak Detection
    Tom McRae, President, Laser Imaging Systems
    Paper (PDF) (7 pp, 281K), Presentation (PDF) (15 pp, 1.9MB)
  • Discussion Session/Information Sharing
    Scott Bartos, USEPA
    Presentation (PDF) (12 pp, 172K)
Utility Breakout Session III: Gas Mixtures And Alternatives To Pure SF6
  • Cold Weather Applications of Gas Mixture (SF6/N2 and SF6/CF4) Circuit Breakers: A Utility User’s Perspective
    Bob Middleton, Apparatus Quality Control Engineer, Manitoba Hydro
    Paper (PDF) (8 pp, 820K), Presentation (PDF) (27 pp, 2.5MB)
  • Research and Findings on Alternatives to Pure SF6
    Loucas Christophorou, National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Paper (PDF) (2 pp, 42K), Overheads (PDF) (17 pp, 293K)
  • CIGRE Guide for SF6 Gas Mixtures: Application and Handling in Electrical Power Equipment
    Lutz Niemeyer, Senior Scientist, ABB Corporate Research
    Paper (PDF) (8 pp, 66K), Presentation (PDF) (28 pp, 268K)
Magnesium Breakout Session III: SF6 Capture And Recycle
  • Capture and Reuse of SF6 in Magnesium Casting Operations
    Tom Tripp, Production Manager, Magnesium Corporation of America
    Paper (PDF) (10 pp, 220K), Presentation (PDF) (19 pp, 730K)
  • A Tailor-Made Membrane for SF6 Recycling: An Environmentally Friendly Method to Reduce Costs
    Gil Dagan, Operations Manager, Carbon Membranes Ltd.
    Paper (PDF) (6 pp, 184K), Presentation (PDF) (18 pp, 4.5MB)
  • Concept for the Reduction of SF6: Emissions in Magnesium Foundries
    Michael Pittroff, Technical Manager for SF6, Solvay Fluor & Derivate
    Paper (PDF) (5 pp, 30K), Presentation (PDF) (9 pp, 245K)
Utility Breakout Session IV: Case Studies
  • Southern California Edison
    Alex Salinas, Technical Specialist, Southern California Edison
    Paper (PDF) (4 pp, 18K), Presentation (PDF) (4 pp, 477K)
  • Bonneville Power Administration
    Joseph Lo, Electrical Engineer, Bonneville Power Administration
    Paper (PDF) (3 pp, 15K), Presentation (PDF) (12 pp, 332K)
  • Consolidated Edison: SF6 Management Plan
    Patrick Di Lillo, Technical Specialist, Consolidated Edison
    Presentation (PDF) (13 pp, 446K)
  • American Electric Power
    James D. McCreary, Senior Engineer, American Electric Power
    Presentation (PDF) (10 pp, 110K)
  • An Overview of Operating Experience and SF6 Emission Reduction Efforts at Seabrook Station
    Edward Saputa, Senior Engineer, Environmental Services Department, North Atlantic Energy Service Company
    Presentation (PDF) (22 pp, 1.2MB)
Magnesium Breakout Session IV: Case Studies
  • A Noranda Perspective on Global Warming
    Michael M. Avedesian, President, Noranda Magnesium
    Presentation (PDF) (20 pp, 1.1MB)
  • Strategy to Reduce and Replace Emissions of SF6 in Magnesium
    Darryl Albright, Director of Market Development, the Americas and Pacific Rim, Hydro Light Metals
    Freelance (PDF) (17 pp, 378K)
  • Update on SF6 Use and Emissions from Japan’s Magnesium Casting Industry
    Kiyoshi Hara, Secretary General, Japan Industrial Conference for Ozone Layer Protection
    Presentation (PDF) (10 pp, 117K)
Closing Plenary Session: Benefits of Established Industrial Partnerships
  • Voluntary Aluminum Industrial Partnership
    Jerry Marks, Former Manager, Analysis & Testing Services, Alcoa Technical Center, and Consultant, International Aluminum Institute
    Paper (PDF) (6 pp, 29K), Presentation (PDF) (15 pp, 221K)
  • PFC Emission Reduction Partnership for the Semiconductor Industry
    Chuck Fraust, Director of Environment, Health & Safety, Semiconductor Industry Association
    Presentation (PDF) (15 pp, 158K)

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