Digitalization in Hydropower

25.04.2019 - 26.04.2019
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Technische Universität Graz, Hauptgebäude, Abt. Technik, Foyer
Rechbauerstraße 12, 8010 Graz, Österreich
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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
      Lecture 2
    Visual Analysis of Process Data in Hydropower Using ViSplore

    Dr Harald Piringer, VrVIS Zentrum für Virtual Reality und Visualisierung Forschungs-GmbH
      Lecture 3
    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
      Lecture 5
    EDP´s Journey through the Digital World

    Filipe Duarte, EDP Gestăo da Produçăo de Energia S.A.
      Lecture 6
    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
      Lecture 8
    Mobile Apps for Efficient Workforce Management

    Dr Christian Kunze, uniper Kraftwerke GmbH
      Lecture 9
    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.
      Lecture 11
    Modernization of EDF Hydro Operating Mode by Taking Advantage of Digital Solutions

    Frédéric Michaud, EDF Eléctricité de France
      Lecture 12
    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
    Lunch Break
      Self-guided Station Tour (Open House)
    13:00 Visiting stations & know-how exchange with experts
    15:00 End of visitation
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