• VGB Innovation Award

    Proposals welcome
  • Gas Turbines and Operation of Gas Turbines​

    Programme online!
  • Flue Gas Cleaning

    Programme online!

VGB Innovation Award 2019 - Proposals welcome

VGB Innovation Award 2019

Deadline for proposals is 15 May 2019!

The VGB Innovation Award honours outstanding performance of young university graduates working in the field of power and heat generation (age limit: 35 years). The work that is to be honoured in this way can relate either to innovation in the operation of power and heat generation plants, or to important new findings in research.



  • Murinsel Graz

    Flue Gas Cleaning

    22/23 May 2019 in Graz, Austria

    The workshop covers a wide range of flue gas cleaning activities, especially with a view to the activities for meeting the future emission limits, which are defined in the BREF-LCP process.

  • Materials and Quality Assurance

    Materials and Quality Assurance

    23/24 May 2019 in Dresden, Germany

    Aim of the workshop is to permit results of advanced materials and quality assurance aspects.

  • Gas Tur´bines and Operation of Gas Turbines

    Gas Turbines and Operation of Gas Turbines

    5/6 Juny 2019 in Mainz, Germany

    In the context of the energy transition in a short period of time, the changing requirements in electricity and heat market and the public gas transport network require the timely adjustment of operational and plant engineering concepts for economical, safe and environmentally friendly gas turbine operation.

  • VGB CONGRESS - Innovation in Power Generation

    VGB CONGRESS - Innovation in Power Generation​

    4/5 September 2019 in Salzburg, Austria

    Innovations in power and heat supply are the central themes for the VGB Congress. Topical political, strategic and energy sector related issues will be discussed in the plenary session on the first day of the congress.

  • Chemistry in Power Plants

    Chemistry in Power Plants​

    23/24 October 2019 in Würzburg, Germany

    The meeting place of international power plant chemistry! The following major items will be presented at the conference: Conditioning of water steam cycles and cooling water cycles; Methods of water preparation and waste water treatment ...

New Publications

  • Current Issue

    PowerTech Journal 3/2019

    • Chemistry in power plants
    • Autonomous operation of the DI-plant
    • A trial of film forming substances at Staythorpe power station
    • Turbidity measurement as trend monitor for particulate corrosion products
    • Audit according to § 8a BSI-act – obligation for operators of the wind industry?

    and further news from industry, development and research

  • Electricity Generation - Facts and Figures 2018/2019

    Electricity Generation - Facts and Figures 2018/2019

    The update of the information brochure “Electricity Generation - Facts and Figures 2018/2019” had been published. Periodically, since 2003 this VGB publication informs about facts and trend in electricity generation.

  • Acceptance Test Measurements and Operational Monitoring of Air-Cooled Condensers under Vacuum

    Acceptance Test Measurements and Operational Monitoring of Air-Cooled Condensers under Vacuum


    This guideline is meant to provide a standardized basis for acceptance and operating tests of air-cooled water steam condensers. Its scope of application is limited to the testing of the condenser itself and the exhaust steam duct up to the terminal point of supply.

  • Acceptance Test Measurements and Operational Monitoring of Water-Cooled Surface Condensers

    Acceptance Test Measurements and Operational Monitoring of Water-Cooled Surface Condensers


    More than twenty years ago, in 1994, the first edition of this standard was published in response to the rapid technological development and the growing importance of condensers in plant construction.

  • Analysis of Unavailability of Thermal Power Plants 2006 – 2015

    Analysis of Unavailability of Power Plants


    The report provides information about weak points of equipment and power plant systems. VGB is analysing the annual unavailability (UA analysis) in order to identify the root causes, i.e. those systems causing unavailability to be able to upgrade such weak equipment.

  • Amendment sheet

    Amendment sheets at a glance!

    The listed amendment sheets include all amendments regarding to the VGB-Standard. Its structure complies with the chapters of the VGB-Standard. It documents the amendments with naming the chapter number.

benefits for members

  • Provide an international platform for the exchange and transfer of technical know-how
  • Identify, raise and organisation of joint R&D activities
  • Offer technical services, engineering consulting and construction supervision
  • Guarantee access to a pool of expert knowledge
  • Generate technical and operational standardisation
  • Organise and offer training

Facts and Figures

302.000 MW
Installed Power

Competence areas

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    Nuclear Power Plants

    The European nuclear power plants generate more than 30% of the electricity need. Thus the CO2 load of the atmosphere is reduced by over 900 Mio. tons (if replaced by coal fired power plants). VGB PowerTech and the committees of the department „Nuclear Power Plants“ are dealing with all issues concerning a safe and economical operation of NPPs.

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    Power Plant Technologies

    The competence area “Power Plant Technologies” is the communications platform for all questions concerning the technology and operation of all power plant types, and covers all technical areas from boilers and turbines to I&C systems. The focus is on both short-term issues relating to daily operation and long-term, strategically oriented topics.

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    Renewables and Distributed Generation

    The committees related to "Renewables and Distributed Generation" are dealing with all technical and economic issues concerning the use of renewables and decentralized generation technologies

  • Hydropower


    In Europe hydropower is not only an indispensable renewable source but it is still the frontrunner in renewable energy with an annual electricity production of more than 375 TWh, as approximately 41% of the renewable energy is based on hydropower. For more than 20 years an exchange of experience of the leading companies organized by VGB PowerTech is taking place on an expert level regarding technical and strategic topics.

  • Wind Energy

    Wind Energy

    For more than 16 years an intensive exchange of information and experience to improve the efficient operation of wind power plants organized by VGB PowerTech is taking place. In this context, the requirements of the wind power plant operators are highlighted. The companies are mainly interested in cooperation to push forward standardisation (best practice) and to incorporate operator interest in the different user groups.

  • Biomass


    Power generation from biomass is a crucial part of transforming the global energy supply structure towards a sustainable energy future. Currently 167 TWh electricity and 855 TWh heat are generated from Biomass in Europe. Therefore Biomass has a share of 18.6% in renewable electricity generation and 87% in renewable heat generation. Since 2002 VGB has provided a growing platform for owners and operators of biomass power plants for sharing experience and knowledge at a high expertise level.

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    Environmental Technology, Chemistry, Safety and Health

    The Competence Area „Environmental Technology, Chemistry, Safety and Health“ focuses on important general issues of power and heat generation. Its specialised committees offer the platform for the necessary exchange of experience and the forming of opinion of the branch for the respective specialists in the member companies

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    Technical Services

    Technical services are an integral part of VGB PowerTech’s work. They are to be regarded as an enhancement to the services for our members and cover all aspects of engineering and operation in power plants. These services are used by members worldwide to achieve sustainably safe, fault-free and cost-effective operation