Volume 44, Issue 7 - July 2009

GANA Perspectives

Fall Focus 
GANA Fall Conference Features Energy Seminars

by Bill Yanek

Preparations for the Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) Fall Conference, scheduled September 1-3 at the Embassy Suites near Kansas City International Airport in Kansas City, Mo., have been underway for several weeks now. A significant feature of this year’s event is a morning focused on energy and its opportunities for the flat glass industry. 

The morning will kick off with Jim Benney, executive director of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), who will give a demonstration of the Component Modeling Approach (CMA) Program, outlining the tools available to the industry and how to use them. Benney will also participate in a question-and-answer session about CMA during the presentation.

GANA members are rising to the energy challenge by creating specialized tempering furnaces, enhanced mirror technologies and more to be able to meet market and government demand for alternative energy. The GANA Fall Conference energy seminars will feature two such leaders.

Gary Faykosh of the Willard & Kelsey Solar Group, a new company comprised of several executives who previously worked with First Solar, will brief the audience on a variety of solar energy technologies and solutions, as well as opportunities for the flat glass industry to become more involved in producing them.

"GANA members are rising to the energy challenge by creating specialized tempering furnaces, enhanced mirror technologies and more to be able to meet market and government demand for alternative energy."

Scott Thomsen of Guardian Industries Corp. will brief attendees on the impact of solar energy on the flat glass industry, along with what the photovoltaics, concentrated solar power and solar thermal technologies mean to the glass industry from the standpoint of the business and technical hurdles and of the opportunities these present. Thomsen also will provide a 10-year viewpoint on what solar will mean for the industry and the importance of government support for these technologies. 

To compliment the technical discussion about alternative energy, GANA has invited Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson to address the conference attendees on emerging energy technologies and government demand for them. Parkinson has been featured nationally in the news for bringing a solution to the state’s growing demand for electricity. His predecessor, Kathleen Sebelius, now Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration, had vetoed several bills to authorize construction of coal-based energy plants in the state. Parkinson brokered a compromise that allowed for a “clean coal” plant in return for the development of several new energy technologies.

Each of the energy seminars are sponsored by Solar Glazing magazine ( www.solarglazingmag.com ), the exciting new publication from Key Communications, publisher of USGlass magazine. Attendees will receive a complimentary subscription to the magazine, as well as other information and tools. Following the seminars, the 

GANA: Energy Committee will meet.

In addition to the energy seminars, each of GANA’s seven divisions will be holding their technical committee meetings at the GANA Fall Conference, with a full slate of action items on the docket. 

To learn more about GANA’s Fall Conference, as well as to register for this event, please visit the GANA website at www.glasswebsite.com/events/fallconference           

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Bill Yanek is the executive vice president of GANA. Mr. Yanek’s opinions are solely his own and not necessarily those of this magazine.

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