This webinar will discuss current trends in the on-demand power generation space—specifically aero-derivatives—examining a variety of applications in diverse global markets, with an emphasis on the role aero-derivatives play in grid stabilization. In addition, we will look at how on-demand power needs are evolving in response to increased levels of intermittent renewable power sources and how phenomena like extreme weather events are impacting the role of aero-derivatives in the larger industry imperative of providing reliable power.
Thu, May 13, 2021 · 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (GMT -4:00)
Raul Pereda
President and CEO, Mitsubishi Power Aero LLC
Raul Pereda was named President and CEO of Mitsubishi Power Aero LLC in 2017 and serves as President and CEO of Energy Services LLC, an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firm affiliated with Mitsubishi Power Aero. He is Executive Vice President for Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc., which provides him a holistic view of all three companies' strategies, resources, and capabilities.

For more than 35 years, Raul has held positions of increasing responsibility throughout his career in the gas turbine industry. His previous roles include engineering, sales, and international business development.

Raul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Miami and a Master of Business Administration from the Florida Institute of Technology, and he is a graduate of the DoD's Defense Systems Management College.

Raul volunteers for The Salvation Army and is chairman of its Greater Hartford Area Services Advisory Board.
Harsh Shah
Vice President, Sales and Business Development, Mitsubishi Power Aero LLC
Harsh Shah was appointed Vice President of Mitsubishi Power Aero in 2018, where he leads global sales and business development. Prior to that, Harsh served as director of strategy, business development, and commercial operations in the U.S., and managed business activities in the Asia Pacific region.

Prior to joining the company in 2010, Harsh held leadership roles at several business units at United Technologies Corporation (now Raytheon Technologies Corp.). He led teams across multiple functional disciplines and geographies during his 15-year tenure with UTC. His background includes program and operations management, strategic sourcing, business development, cost reduction, program development, and general management.

Harsh earned dual Master of Science degrees in Manufacturing and Management from Syracuse University. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Gujarat University, India.
Siraj Taj
Principal, ST Power Services
Siraj is a power industry insider who has the experience to look across the entire value chain — from sourcing and generation to transmission and distribution — to optimize plant efficiencies and economics. Siraj and his team at ST Power Services are a global consultancy that develops tailor-made strategies empowering plant owners to solve today’s problems while laying the groundwork to profitably transform their organization for a carbon-free future. Siraj has leveraged more than 30 years of experience into his latest pursuit, Helping Power Plants Prepare for Clean Energy Future.

Siraj and his team guide plant owners through a critical business transformation, a process that adopts flexible operation with cost-effective O&M strategy. It paves the way for pragmatic integration of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and Conventional Power Systems (CPS). The upshot of this approach is the empowerment of plant owners to achieve life-cycle cost savings of 35%+, thanks in large part to a robust maintenance program designed to improve total asset performance for reliable and flexible operation. Siraj’s approach is field-tested and validated. Most recently, he led several GT control systems upgrade to increase plant efficiency, reliability, and profitability.

Prior to founding ST Power Services in 2016, Siraj served many roles at Alstom Power, including Contract Manager and Director of GT/CC Service Operation for Russia & CIS Countries. He also serves as a council member on the Gerson Lehrman Group, contributes to the development of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, contributes to POWER magazine, and regularly shares his thought leadership through his popular Thinking Power blog.
Sonal Patel
Editor/Moderator, POWER magazine
Sonal Patel is a national award–winning journalist, who has covered a wide range of technology, business, and policy issues for POWER since 2008. Along with keeping her eye on international matters for the magazine’s monthly Global Monitor section, she contributes in-depth analysis and spot news pieces for POWER and its other media channels. Sonal also surveys, crunches, and visualizes power sector data and trends for inclusion in web and print infographics. She is a graduate of the University of Houston.