VGB Innovation Award 2018: Last Call
Submit your proposal until 30 April
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.
VGB POWERTECH JOURNAL 3-2018
Download selected papers from the latest March issue free of charge:
- Flue gas flow rate calculation for mass emissions reporting Part 1: The pathway from DIN 1942, to EN 12952-15, to EN-ISO 16911-1
Frans Blank, David Graham and Henrik Harnevie
- Implementing state of the art information security provisions to defend against advanced persistent threats
Benjamin Kahler and Andreas Dolp
VGB Quality Award 2018: Proposals Welcome
VGB invites all ordinary members of VGB PowerTech to propose suppliers for the VGB Quality Award 2018 who have delivered a project of outstanding quality.
Maintenance of Wind Power Plants
7/8 May 2018 in Munich, Germany
The focal topics of the conference will deal with the reduction of installation and operating costs of wind power plants as well as with the enhancement of operational safety and reliability.
16/17 May 2018 in Potsdam, Germany
Every two years, VGB PowerTech organises the KELI – Technical Conference on Electrical Engineering, I&C and IT Technologies. Operators and planners of all types of generation plants like conventional, nuclear and hydro power as well as renewable, decentralized and industrial generation are addressed.
Flue Gas Cleaning
16/17 May 2018 in Hamburg, Germany
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. Therefore, the workshop starts with an overview of the existing and forthcoming new environmental EU legislation.
6 June 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark
Biomass ash is produced by combustion of biomass for heat and power production. It is produced in boilers of different size and combustion technology. For the ash management requirements by the Industrial Emissions Directives as well as best practises for utilisation according to the waste hierarchy in the Waste Directive have to be considered by the producers.
Steam Turbines and Operation of Steam Turbines
6/7 June 2018 in Koblenz, Germany
Aim of the conference is to ensure the steam turbine operation on a high availability and effectiveness also in the future. Changes of the market and the reactions on the manufacturer and operator side as well as in the complete service sector make this experience exchange still more necessary.
VGB CONGRESS - Power Generation in Transition
12/13 September 2018 in Munich-Unterschleissheim, Germany
The goal of the congress is to discuss the joint action of renewable and conventional power generation within the rapid change of the energy markets in Germany and Europe. Political and overall topics will be discussed in the plenary session on the first day.
PowerTech Journal 3/2018
- Chemistry in power plants
- IT safety in power generation
- Storage technologies
- Research programme for reduction of Hg emissions at RWE Power
- Implementing state of the art information security provisions
- Aluminium electrolysis as a power storage
and further news from industry, development and research
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
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.
Electricity Generation - Facts and Figures 2017/2018
The update of the information brochure Electricity Generation - Facts and Figures 2017/2018 had been published. Periodically, since 2003 this VGB publication informs about facts and trend in electricity generation.
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.
Monitoring, limiting and protection devices on gas turbine systems
Monitoring, limiting and protection devices must satisfy stringent requirements in order to ensure safe and reliable operation of gas turbine units. The revisied VGB-Standard aims at considering the state-of-the-art and the current codes of practice and ISO and VDMA standards. This standard applies to stationary gas turbines (single-shaft and multi-shaft turbines) used to drive generators and other machinery.
Standards for professional leadership behaviourVe
Rather than sharing generally known theories and fundamentals on leadership behaviour, the VGB-Standard VGB-S041 is meant to serve as a basis for operator-specific requirements for leadership behaviour and focus content-wise on essential tasks of managers in day-to-day business.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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