2020 is going to be a a year of changes in energy sector in Slovakia. The hot topic at the moment is the new support scheme for green energy. Since January 1, 2020, OKTE will become solely responsible for settlement and payments of feed-in tariff. Besides that, OKTE will be responsilbe for register of guarantees of origin for electricity generated from renewable energy sources. The implementation of the new rules will be discussed at the ENERGOFÓRUM® conference by OKTE specialist Igor Paško in the panel with other experts. You may find the detailed programme of both conference days including information about speakers here.
The conference ENERGOFÓRUM® 2019 will be held under the auspices of The Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic. „I appreciate the long-standing professional level of the conference as well as regular attendance of representatives of energy companies and institutions in the Slovakia. Therefore I grant auspices of The Ministry to the conference this year as well,” wrote in the accompanying letter minister Peter Žiga. The participation of the Ministry of Economy at the conference will be strong. The guests can hear the representative of the Ministry in the panel dedicated to European energy and climate policy to 2030. Another speaker will be present in the opening panel of the second day about the application of legislative changes in national support system for renewables and cogeneration. You may find the detailed programme of both conference days including information about speakers here.
We will start the ENERGOFÓRUM® 2019 conference in style! One of the world's most respected experts in the field, Michael Merz, will talk about the blockchain in the energy sector. While the use of this technology in Slovakia is just a distant vision now, the director of PONTON GmbH will present the real projects such as Enerchain, NEW 4.0 or ETIBLOGG, that are being developed in his native Germany right now. Michael Merz greeted visitors of this this year's conference and recorded for them short video. „I am looking forward to present to you how all this works. How these projects are designed and also about the technology behind. I am looking forward to see you in October at the ENERGOFÓRUM ® ." You may find more information about the programme, speakers and registration fees HERE.
Whereas fifteen years ago renewable energy and electric vehicles seemed to be just a marginal affair, now they are becoming natural part of the energy industry. According to Peter Chochol of Innovation department at sféra, decentralized systems will develop most dynamically in the foreseeable future. „Following the transposition of EU directives from the winter package, we will see how neighbors can sell surplus of electricity generated from renewables to each other, or perhaps place them on the market via aggregator.“ The first block of presentations at the conference ENERGOFÓRUM® 2019 is going to be dedicated to smart energy in digital era. Other guests besides Peter Chochol include Miroslav Zeman, professor of Delf University of Technology in Netherlands and also Tomáš Mužík, director of Czech company Digital Energy Services, member of Nano Energies Group that focuses among others on flexibility aggregation on the energy market.You may find more information about the programme, speakers and registration fees HERE.
Only one month left! If you register for ENERGOFÓRUM® 2019 until September 13, you can save significantly. Every year an increasing number of conference participants choose early registration with reduced rate. Do not hesitate, register early and save too!Thanks to early registration for this year's ENERGOFORUM® 2019 conference, you will save 40 euros! For this amount you can buy, for example, 30 liters of gasoline, one megawatt hour of electricity on the spot market or about 250 kg of brown coal. Or simply anything you wish!Please note that the conference registration fee does not include accommodation. For those who plan to stay at the conference venue, we recommend that you book your room in Hotel Partizán well in advance. There are also other accommodation facilities in the area available.
The conference ENERGOFÓRUM® will be again taking place in beautiful surroundings of the Low Tatras in the area of Tále. During the event you may be delighted by comfortable wellness hotel Partizán**** or services provided by other nearby accommodation facilities. Ample participation of approximately 300 participants at last seasons of ENERGOFÓRUM® conference proves great interest in this popular event characterized by high quality of expert programme and hospitable social atmosphere. Growing number of registrations for the 14th season, which is in preparation indicates that the conference full of energy will host a large number of professionals from energy sector and related industries. If you want to enjoy ENERGOFÓRUM® in fullness, do not forget to book your accommodation in time. The conference venue Hotel Partizán**** unites high-quality congress services, modern accommodations, pleasing relax in spacious wellness centre, rich options of sport activities and fine gastronomy. However, did you know that photovoltaic panels coat the rooftop of the hotel and sports hall? With total installed capacity of 69 kW they cover up to 10 % of electricity costs. In addition, the hotel is heated by heat pumps and recuperates heat from wastewater. Charging station for electric vehicles is available to eco-friendly drivers. If you wish to have accommodation directly at the venue hotel of ENERGOFÓRUM® 2019 conference, do not hesitate to contact the hotel. Given that the capacity of Hotel Partizán**** is limited, we highly recommend you to book accommodation as soon as possible. In close vicinity of the venue, hotels Stupka and Golf are located. During the conference both of them will be assigned for the conference participants. Nearby you may also choose accommodation in other hotels and B&Bs whether in Tále or in Bystrá village. The later is only a few minutes by car from the event venue. You may find list of available accommondation options and additional information here.
Interesting keynote speakers from abroad are waiting for you! They will enrich the conference programme with attractive presentations. Michael Merz, internationally well-known expert on blockchain technology, will open the conference programme. He founded PONTON GmbH in the year 2001 and has demonstrated his expertise in various B2B integration projects related to energy trading over the past 15 years. In May 2019 the German company released Enerchain 1.0, the first blockchain-based distributed trading infrastructure that enables OTC trading in power and gas products. Following huge success and appraisal again we approached the keynote speaker from previous season of ENERGOFÓRUM®. Michal Šnobr, an external advisor to the J&T Finance Group especially in energy sector, will focus on the future of energy mix of CEE countries with emphasis on nuclear power. Last year he explained especially impact of Germany on European energy policy. Both speakers will present during the first day of ENERGOFÓRUM® 2019. The conference will take place on October 17 – 18, 2019 in Hotel Partizán in Lower Tatras.
The opening day of GAS MARKET 2019 conference in Modra was dedicated to the future role of natural gas and its legislative position in Slovakia and Europe. Director General of Energy Section at the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic, Ján Petrovič, stated, that natural gas accounts for about 24 % of energy mix in Slovakia. With the help of this source, Slovakia has one of the lowest carbon economies in the EU. „Firstly we want to replace coal by natural gas and to replace it as soon as possible,“ he claimed. She thinks that the competitiveness of the gas industry will be determined by the transition towards digitalisation. The requirements of this process are supposed to be high-speed communication, smart devices and the processing of real-time data. Energy Regulatory Office of Czech republic has to consider how to regulate networks with potentially reducing volumes of energy, the adjustment to transition from static to dynamic regulation and how to set up regulation of infrastructure. The 2020 Gas Package is expected to answer many questions. Its objectives should be defined for the first time in June at the Madrid Forum. Although we do not know yet what will be included in this document, ERÚ thinks it will be reflecting on new trends. The actual content of the 2020 Gas Package was labelled as one of potential risks of the near future by Martin Slabý, Chairman of the Board from the Czech Gas Association. Malcolm Arthur of European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG) also presented at the conference. Although currently we do not know exactly what the European Commission will propose, one of the pillars will be mirroring common topics from the Clean Energy for All Europeans package. These will reflect governance, open and fair retail market, the deployment of smart meters and consumer protection. It is also important to improve functioning of the market. The tariffs of TSOs will be analysed as well. Under this objective, the EC is processing a number of studies to be completes in 2018 and 2019. You may read more about the first session of the conference at energoklub.sk (in Slovak).
In order to benefit from gas not just in terms of its calorific value and price but also other customer services, it is necessary to develop a competitive and market-based business environment. According to the Chairman of the Association of Energy Suppliers, domestic gas market has great potential for improvement in this area. Slovakia may take inspiration from neighbouring markets in Czechia, Austria or Germany. Michal Hudec will discuss the state of Slovak retail market at the Gas Market 2019 conference. You may find more information about the programme, speakers and registration fees HERE. Who is Michal Hudec? Since 2016, he is the Chairman of the Association of Energy Suppliers. He is also the CEO of Energy Analytics and co-founder of the specialised web portal energia.sk, where he acted as publisher since its founding in July 2010 until 2017. Between 2011 and 2013, he held the position of national contact point for research and development projects in scope of the 7th EU framework programme (FP7) in the area of energy. Between 2011 and 2016 he served as supervisory board member for R&D oriented tech company GA Drilling. In 2012, he completed the International Visitor Leadership Programme in the US, where he focused on American foreign policy and energy security. The programme is organized by the US Department of State and the US Ambassador decides the nomination for the given country. Michal Hudec also occasionally lectures at university as visiting lecturer.
Air quality is one of the priorities of the official environmental strategy of Slovakia. According to Peter Kučera from Slovenský plynárenský priemysel (SPP), natural gas as a source of electricity, heating for households and also as an alternative fuel in transport may have positive impact on meeting the goals of Envirostrategy 2030 - document for guiding Slovakia's environmental policy. With the development of future technologies, gas may become an important partner of the renewable energy sources, and help also in the form of biogas, biomethane and hydrogen. Mass Market Sales Director at SPP Peter Kučera will be one of the speakers at the Gas Market 2019 conference during its second day. You may find more information about the programme, speakers and registration fees HERE. Peter Kučera has graduated from the Faculty of Law of Charles University in Prague. He has worked at NAFTA a.s. since 2006. Between 2010 and 2018 he held the position of Director of Sales & Marketing Section. Since 2018 he acts as Mass Market Sales Director at Slovenský plynárenský priemysel, a.s. He is responsible for sales of electricity and gas to more than 1.3 million customers of SPP.
Conference GAS MARKET 2019 will be held under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic. Peter Žiga, Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic, acknowledged in the letter that conference creates space for a meeting of energy experts. Furthermore, he considers low carbon future, which is the crucial topic of this year's edition of the conference, to be one of the key topics of today. Minister has also appreciated positive experience with the organization of the event so far. The representative of the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic at the Gas Market 2019 will be Ján Petrovič. Director of the Energy Department will be one of the speakers on the first day at the panel titled Conditions and prospects of natural gas in Europe and Slovakia. You may find more information about the programme, speakers and registration fees HERE.
Renowned attorney Rastislav Hanulák will be one of the speakers at the Gas Market 2019 conference. He considers natural gas to be an affordable and efficient energy source that is now widely used by industry customers, heating sector or households. Furthermore, natural gas is regarded as a gateway to modern, effective and innovative solutions. The founder of the Capitol Legal Group will chair the panel dedicated to the perspective of the most important gas customers in Slovakia. You may find more information about the programme, speakers and registration fees HERE. Who is Rastislav Hanulák? Rastislav Hanulák has been active as the attorney at law since 2003. He completed his legal education at Faculty of Law of the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice. Beside the civil law, commercial law and administrative law, he specializes in the consumer law and legislation within the network industries, mainly within the energy sector.
By 2030 natural gas is expected to have approximately the same share in the European energy mix as it has today. Lívia Vašáková from the European Commission representation in Slovakia will present the EU perspective on this fuel at the conference Gas market 2019. By 2050 the share of gas should decline. Economic Counsellor considers gas to have positive effects on decarbonisation. This has been apparent especially in the USA where it helped to reduce emissions. You may find more information about the programme, speakers and registration fees HERE. Who is Lívia Vašáková? Lívia Vašáková is an Economic Counsellor at the European Commission representation in Slovakia. Previously she worked for DG Energy at the European Commission in Brussels. She graduated from the University of Economics in Bratislava and studied at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria; Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany; University of Aix-en-Provence in France and the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. She also holds a post-graduate degree from the Europa Kolleg Hamburg and was awarded PhD degree at the Comenius University in Bratislava.
Executive director of the Slovak Gas and Oil Association is one of the special guests at the conference Gas market 2019. Ján Klepáč will chair the panel dedicated to the topic of New routes and the future of natural gas. During the discussion with other invited experts we will examine the perspectives of this fossil fuel and the challenges of possible infrastructure projects in the Central European region. You may find more information about the programme, speakers and registration fees HERE. Who is Ján Klepáč? Ján Klepáč graduated in 1974 at the Slovak University of Technology in the field of study engineering cybernetics. He worked at the Slovak Oil and Gas Industry until 1990. From 1990 to 2001 he was active in politics. At first he was appointed vice president of the Slovak parliament, before becoming general director of the Office of the President of the Slovak Republic. In 2001 he returned to his former profession, when he became vice-chairman of the Board for Regulation and the vice-chairman of the Regulatory Office for Network Industries. Since 2007 he has been Executive Director of the Slovak Gas and Oil Association. In 2009 he finished Master's study programme at the University in Groningen (Netherlands) and was awarded the degree MGBM (Master of Gas Business Management).
Slovak-Hungarian transit gas pipeline was launched in 2015. Although the gas connection helped to increase market liquidity in our region, its technical and capacity possibilities are not utilized at all. This could change the HUSKAT project that would bring gas from Black sea region to Slovakia and Austria. In 2017 Eustream with partner TSOs Magyar Gáz Tranzit (MGT) a Gas Connect Austria received positive market demand for incremental capacities. Subsequently they negotiated about the future allocation method. The decision was made to use alternative allocation procedure instead of traditional auctions. The second round of bidding held in October 2018 was declared successful by participating TSOs. Transmission capacities at Hungarian-Slovak border were fully book for 7 year period and partly for the next years, too. In accordance with the rules of alternative allocation procedure, some of the capacity owners decided to use step back right and pulled out their capacities. As a result, the third round of bidding for capacities is now open up until April 17. Previously unsuccessful shippers may submit new bids for the remaining capacity. The results should be published on 19th April 2019. The result of the third bid submission window could be one of the crucial factors for the future of HUSKAT pipeline project. However, Austria would prefer direct connector with Hungary via HUAT project. Hungary on the other hand chose to progress with HUSKAT route on the basis of cost efficiency and market demand. Gas Connect Austria opposed the decision with a complaint sent to the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators. ACER decided that economic test on the Hungarian-Austrian border under the incremental capacity project must be conducted. You may find more information about the HUSKAT and other capacity projects in this article (in Slovak).
The European Parliament adopted an overhaul of EU gas market rules to extend EU rules to all pipelines entering the EU territory from third countries. Ownership unbundling of pipelines and gas supply and third party access should apply also to gas pipelines from non-EU countries. The amended directive gives exclusive competence to the EU when it comes to agreements on new EU gas lines with non-EU countries, also for granting exemptions. For existing pipelines (connected to EU pipelines before the entry into force of this directive), a member state can decide on a derogation within one year after the entry into force of the directive if it is not detrimental to competition. Complicated negotiations on new directive took place while the construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany is proceeding. Slovakia strongly objects to this project. You may find more information on internal gas market rules in this article (in Slovak).
The conference Gas Market 2019 will be held at modern and comfortable Hotel pod Lipou**** on the foothills of Little Carpathians in vicinity of town Modra. It combines natural charm and local traditions with stylish design and modern gastronomy. Its historical part EVA**** went through a recent reconstruction which included construction of new congress hall with capacity up to 250 people and construction of relax centre with saunas, pool and massage rooms. Thus, the hotel started to create new era of business and relax. However, the architecture of the reconstructed pavillion drew back to the original building designed by famous Slovak architect Dušan Jurkovič. Spacious grounds offer wide possibilities for spending free time, sport activities and teambuilding (pétanque, ceramic workshop, tennis, multifunctional playground, rope park, beach volleyball, play area for children, touristic and cycling routes). Slogan of the hotel is “Resort in Harmónia – Harmony in the resort”.
Natural gas – fossil fuel to write off, temporary helper, or secret weapon in decarbonization? During the planned event Gas Market 2019 we will have a comprehensive look on this source while placing emphasis on its role in creating low carbon future. You may expect interesting sessions focused on: conditions and prospects of natural gas in Europe and Slovakia new gas routes in Central European region commodities trading perception of the developments by major gas consumers in Slovakia. The conference will go full steam ahead in new premises of Hotel pod Lipou**** near the town of Modra.
We bring the video of the ENERGOFORUM® 2018 key-note speaker performance. Ramon Vullings, the expert for cross-industry innovations, focused on looking for ideas in other sectors and transferring them to the energy sector. Cross-industry innovations are a low-risk but highly efficient approach to innovation. "IdeaDJ" is able to mix ideas across multiple areas. Three strategies are important: best ideas come from outside, COOL combinations, not doing just COPY-PASTE. Who is Ramon Vullings?CORPORATE LIFERamon started his professional career as consultant at Coopers & Lybrand helping companies to improve their business process redesign. After the merger with PriceWaterhouse Ramon soon became the Global CRM Operations Manager for the PwC Consulting Customer Relationship Management practice (3500+ consultants) working from Paris. In the year leading up to the IBM acquisition of PwC Consulting, Ramon was part of the transition team for PwC Consulting. At IBM Business Consulting Services Ramon became the EMEA CRM Learning & Knowledge Lead.ENTREPRENEURSHIPIn 2004 Ramon decided to start his own company Twinkeling BV focussing on business creativity. He co-founded the innovation & change company new shoes today and in 2012 the innovation network company 21 Lobsterstreet.Based on all this experience, Ramon has since grown into his role as keynote speaker, author and ideaDJ: helping business leaders, new business development and HR managers with strategy, tools & skills to look beyond the borders of their domain to transform their business in a smarter way, infusing people with tangible ideas, spot-on inspiration and actionable advice.Ramon studied 'industrial engineering & sociology'. He has written 3 management books on business creativity and cross-industry innovation. He is also chairman of the (not for profit) European Association for Creativity & Innovation (EACI).Besides his work as international speaker and innovation consultant, Ramon is a executive professor at the Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Eindhoven and at the Antwerp Management School.What makes Ramon so unique is not only the content he shares, but also the way he presents it. Ramon is a born entertainer, mixing humor with personal anecdotes and insights in the way business & life intertwine.
The ENERGOFÓRUM® conference will be held again under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic. The Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic, Peter Žiga, stated in a letter that the conference has been creating periodically for some years the opportunity to exchange the latest knowledge and information on highly topical issues with the participation of important representatives of the energy sector. He also appreciated the high professional level of the conference.The ministry will be represented at the conference by Miriam Letašiová, Directorate General for Business Environment and Innovation and Boris Balog, Director of Legislation and Law Department.
The ENERGOFÓRUM® 2018 conference will be held at the Hotel Partizán**** in Tále, which is known for its high quality of service. It is located in the beautiful surroundings of Low Tatras on the south side of Chopok in Slovakia. It provides accommodation, gastronomic, wellness and sports services at the highest level.Congress facilitiesThe largest Grand Tale Hall will provide a comfortable, stylish space with air conditioning and daylight for more than 300 conference participants. You can spend a break during a program on a congress terrace. Snack from the coffee break can be enjoyed in fresh air while looking at the panorama of the Low Tatras. Wellness and sports centerOn 3 floors and a large area of 2260 m2 of relaxation environment, you can enjoy swimming pools, saunas, relaxation zones, massages, face and body treatments directly in the hotel. You get rid of the feeling of stress and fatigue and relax the body.What you can enjoy: Relaxation pool, salt spring, panoramic jacuzzi. Forest sauna, hot sauna, infrasauna, herb sauna, foxtail, steam whistles. Gravel beach, laconium, tepidarium with fireplace, Kneipp path. Ice trike, water igloo, ice heat, mountain lake. Panoramic restroom and terrace. Massage center, fitness center and sports center.
High professional standards, favorable conditions for knowledge sharing and personal contacts.More than 300 experts did not miss the opportunity to take part in the ENERGOFÓRUM® 2017 conference.The new format of its 12th edition has combined the themes of electricity and gas into one event. The conference took place at the Grand Hotel in Jasna, on October 12 and 13, 2017, under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic.The first session of the conference was focused on innovations and trends, which lead to decarbonisation, decentralization and digitization in energy sector. Next panel discussions were focused on the domestic electricity market and its trends, the position of natural gas in the energy mix, the modernization of the domestic gas market as well as the relationship between distributors and energy providers.Professional foreigner speakers enriched the conference. Nenad Pacek, prominent economist and strategist, talked about the impact of the global economy on the energy sector. Robert Seeger, an online marketing expert, has taken participants into the world of digital technologies of today and of the future. These will be necessary for modern market participants.ENERGOKLUB® as the new expert-social platform will bring discussions about energy sector topics throughout the year besides the conference event.
Discussions on important energy sector issues and education in this sector have also taken place thanks to the support of an important partner. For the third time the company Slovak electricity transmission system, Plc., supported the ENERGOFÓRUM® conference as a general partner. which includes the organizer's thanks. The organizer of the conference expresses his thanks.About Slovak electricity transmission system, Plc.The mission of SEPS is to operate the transmission system reliably, to provide for the dispatching control of the system, its maintenance, renewal and development so that the reliable and quality supply of electricity to all transmission system users is ensured, as well as its parallel operation with the neighbouring transmission systems. The transparent and non-discriminative principles of access to the system with the minimal environmental impacts must be observed and the requirements arising from the national and European legislation, from the decisions on regulation issued by URSO (Regulatory Office for Network Industries) and from the relevant rules of operation and international cooperation of the transnational synchronous interconnected power system of the EU must be respected.
ENERGOFÓRUM® will be held under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic. Peter Žiga, Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic, has granted auspices to the upcoming conference ENERGOFÓRUM® 2017. He has appreciated the high professional level of the conference and its programme, and also the active participation of relevant companies from power industry. ENERGOFÓRUM® conference has been providing space for exchanging information for many years, Peter Žiga said in the letter. Minister promised the active participation of a representative of the Slovak Ministry of Economy at the conference, as well.
The new chairman of the key institution regulating the Slovak electricity and gas market has expressed interest in attending the ENERGOFÓRUM® conference. Ľubomír Jahnátek began his duties as a chairman of the Regulatory Office for Network Industries on July 25, 2017. His positive response to the invitation may be the first signal that the energy regulator desires to change the way of communicating with the broad energy community and regulated entities. ENERGOFÓRUM® is a platform that has always offered government officials the opportunity to present their visions and plans in the field of energy and aspecially its regulation. It also creates an opportunity to learn about the functioning of set rules in practice and to discuss possible improvements with representatives of regulated entities in both formal and informal terms.
International guests Nenad Pacek, prominent economist and strategist, and Robert Seeger, on-line marketing expert, have confirmed their participation in the agenda. Nenad Pacek is the author of bestselling book „Emerging Markets: Lessons for business success and outlooks for different markets“. Nenad advises foreign companies whether to invest and build their business for example in Slovakia, too. Situation in energy sector is one of the decisive criteria. He is well known for Slovak exporters by helping them with finding the new global markets for the export of their goods and services. In his keynote speech during the first day of conference he will explain direct impact of global economy on the energy sector. Robert Seeger works in marketing for over 20 years. He is a consultant for change, innovation and marketing strategies. He advises big global and small regional clients, including energy sector. Energy products are abstract and invisible. That is why they require different communication strategy for their consumers. His speech about this topic will be given during the second day of the conference.
The company sféra, a.s. organizes the conference ENERGOFÓRUM® for long time and in 11 years the statistics can look interesting in some cases.In the period from 2006 to 2016, we have organized 15 conferences for you, welcoming 2501 participants in 5 hotels in 4 cities, attending 309 specialists in the program, conference was supported by 197 partners, there were drunk tens of liters of coffee and even more wine and were taken a more than 6000 photos. Participants have found not only business relationships, but also friendships that continue to this days and ENERGOFÓRUM® has become an indispensable part of their working life. There were many dance moves during social evenings, which we could no longer count on. Thanks to good food, some of us put on some kilos, but it was compensated for passionate bowling and billiard games. The twelfth year will bring many news, which will certainly bring more numbers into statistics for the next years. We are looking forward to meeting you at the 12th year of the ENERGOFÓRUM® conference.
The wellness center of the hotel includes an indoor relaxation pool with massage jets, a relaxation room, a sauna world of outdoor whirlpools, an outdoor cooling lake, outdoor saunas. An accomodation in luxury equipped rooms is waiting for you. This prestige hotel hosted, among other things, the best World Cup skiers in March 2016.
Electricity and gas again under one roof - the conference brings together experts and companies from both areas of power industry. Renowned foreign speakers - as a guarantee of high level and expertise of the conference. The new lucrative spaces of the wellness hotel Grand **** Jasna in the beautiful surroundings of the Low Tatras. We're moving out after 10 years. The prestige hotel hosted, among other things, the best World Cup skiers in March 2016. The hotel's wellness center includes an indoor relaxation pool with massage jets, a relaxation room, a sauna world's outdoor hot tub, an outdoor cooling pond of outdoor saunas. The conference will also have a completely new web site with interesting content and new design.