Enhanced digital controls can contribute to improving the performance of hydropower fleets, plants and equipment by reducing costs and optimising asset management. Digital control systems can also play a major role in improving decision-making and supporting operations to work more efficiently. The fact that a growing number of the world’s hydropower plants needs to be refurbished and modernised in the next few years makes the transformation process so highly challenging.
The international VGB workshop will again provide a comprehensive overview of digitalization in hydro power dealing mainly with the results of newly developed and implemented techniques:
- Advanced data analyses
(Lectures from international consultants)
- Experiences from implemented projects
(Lectures from 9 international operators)
The workshop will bring together experts from leading operator and manufacturer companies as well as related stakeholders to discuss challenges and opportunities for the operation of hydro power fleets accruing from digital transformation.
Based on practical examples you will gain insights on how digital solutions are already successfully implemented and applied. This may contribute to improving and optimising digital solutions in your own company.
There will be enough time for detailed bilateral discussions and for answering questions.
In this context and as a valuable complement to the lectures, on 26 April 2019 all participants are invited to visit the Rabenstein run-of-river power plant, which is located near Frohnleiten/ Styria. In Rabenstein VERBUND Hydro Power will present 12 vesatile digital test systems, partly together with partners. Free transportation (bus shuttle) will be provided.
Stations at Rabenbstein power plant
You can see here a short video clip that VERBUND has kindly created and that might give a first impression of what you may expect from the plant visit.
We are looking forward to meeting you in Graz in order to improve and optimise the operation of hydropower plants and wish you a good trip in advance.
Programme>(Subject to revision)
Last update: 3 April 2019
Thursday, 25 April 2019 09:00 Welcome and opening of the workshop
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Harald Kainz, Rector of Graz University of Technology
09:10 Digitalization in Hydropower – Vision and Reality
Dr K. H. Gruber; Chairman VGB Strategic Forum “Hydro” (VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH)
Digitalization-Barometer-Tool for Hydropower Operators
Dr M. Bachhiesl, VGB PowerTech e.V.
09:50 SESSION 1: Cyber Security & Data Analysis Lecture 1
Cyber Security within Power Plant Control Systems
Richard Biala, ABB AG
Visual Analysis of Process Data in Hydropower Using ViSplore
Dr Harald Piringer, VrVIS Zentrum für Virtual Reality und Visualisierung Forschungs-GmbH
Engineering the Future – Merging AI with Engineering Expertise
Michael Jakob Frank, uniper Anlagenservice GmbH
10:50 Panel discussion, Q&A session 11:05 Coffee Break 11:30 SESSION 2: Experiences from implemented digital projects Lecture 4
Digital Initiatives to Excel Resource Allocation @innogy hydro
Dr Jens Schramm, Hendrik Eden, Dr Christian Baier, innogy SE
EDP´s Journey through the Digital World
Filipe Duarte, EDP Gestăo da Produçăo de Energia S.A.
Dynamic Maintenance Scheduling
Bernard Valluy, Alpiq S.A.
12:30 Panel discussion, Q&A session 12:45 Lunch Break Lecture 7
Establishing an IoT platform for the Digital Hydro Power Plant
Dr B. Hollauf, VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH D. Wagner, VERBUND Services GmbH
Mobile Apps for Efficient Workforce Management
Dr Christian Kunze, uniper Kraftwerke GmbH
Complicated Cases Solved with Simple Analytics
Camilla Feurst, Statkraft Energi AS
14:35 Panel discussion, Q&A session 14:50 Coffee Break Lecture 10
Digitalization of CEZ Hydro Asset as Support of Predictive Maintenance Effort
Roman Mašika, Čez a. s.
Modernization of EDF Hydro Operating Mode by Taking Advantage of Digital Solutions
Frédéric Michaud, EDF Eléctricité de France
The Theory of EveryBIM
Marius Jablonskis, Norconsult AS
16:15 Panel discussion, Q&A session 16:30 Outlook Rabenstein
Dr B. Hollauf, D. Schlüsselberger, VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH
16:45 Closing words
Dr K. H. Gruber; VGB Chairman Strategic Forum “Hydro” (VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH)
19:30 Get-together: Rooftop Mensa of Graz University Friday, 26 April 2019 09:00 Arrival at Rabenstein power plant and group coordination Guided Station Tour (Demonstrations) 09:30 Round 1 10:00 Round 2 10:30 Round 3 11:00 Round 4 11:30 Round 5 12:00 Networking
Self-guided Station Tour (Open House) 13:00 Visiting stations & know-how exchange with experts 15:00 End of visitation