• VGB Innovation Award 2020

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  • Flexibility in the energy system​

    VGB published its Flexibility Page!
  • Digitalization in Hydropower

    Programme is online!

New! Media Data 2020

New! Media Data 2020

Your advertisement in the VGB PowerTech Journal

Also in 2020 the VGB PowerTech Journal will continue to provide current information and latest news and findings about the trends in the power business. Make advantage of our renowned journal and print advertising and address your customers and stakeholders to draw the attention to your products and services.



  • European Biomass Ash Workshop

    European Biomass Ash Workshop

    23 March 2020 in Copenhagen, Denmark

    The one-day workshop will concentrate updates for the utilization and handling of the various BMA’s in the present situation. It is the belief that more effort is needed but at least the workshop will give a solid view of the present situation.

  • Digitalization in Hydropower 2020

    Digitalization in Hydropower

    23/24 April 2020 in Graz, Austria

    The 3rd international VGB expert event will focus on providing a comprehensive overview of digitalization in hydropower dealing mainly with implemented innovative digital measures, products.

  • Flue Gas Cleaning

    Flue Gas Cleaning

    6/7 May 2020 in Dresden, 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.

  • Keli 2020

    KELI - Conference for Electrical Engineering, I&C and IT in generation plants

    12-14 May 2020 in Bremen, Germany

    Every two years, VGB PowerTech organzises the “KELI” one of the leading expert conference in energy supply. Operators, planners, service providers and suppliers of all generation plant technologies as well as universities, insurers and authorities are addressed.

  • Steam Turbines and Operation of Steam Turbines

    Steam Turbines and Operation of Steam Turbines​

    17/18 June 2020 in Cologne, Germany

    The aim of this conference is to ensure the steam turbine operation in the future with high availability and good efficiencies with the help of the exchange of experience.



    9/10 September 2020 in Essen, Germany

    VGB will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding on 2020. The VGB Congress will take place on 9 and 10 September 2020 in the Grand Hall Zollverein in Essen, Germany.

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    Ecology and Environment in Hydropower

    24/25 September 2020 in Graz, Austria

    The international event will bring together experts from leading operators, manufacturers and suppliers, authorities, scientists as well as related stakeholders to discuss important issues in the field of ecology and environment in hydropower with session on.

  • VGB Conference Chemistry

    VGB Conference Chemistry

    28/29 October 2020 in Dresden, Germany

    The meeting place of international power plant chemistry. We would be glad if you could make a note of the date of the VGB Conference Chemistry 2020 in your diary already today!

New Publications

  • Current Issue

    PowerTech Journal 12/2019

    • Power Plant operation: research & application
    • An integrated approach to risk informed decision management
    • Power generation in Europe
    • Bed ash cooling system with a fluidized ash cooler
    • 100 years VGB Series - A journey through history - the 1990s

    and further news from industry, development and research

  • VGB-S-044-00-2019-05-EN - Life Cycle Management of Buildings and Structures in Industrial Facilities and Power Plants

    Life Cycle Management of Buildings and Structures in Industrial Facilities and Power Plants


    This VGB-Standard is applicable to structural works in new-build, existing industrial facilities and power plants. Its focus is primarily on structural engineering systems which ensure load-carrying capability, serviceability and durability.

  • VGB-S-610-00-2019-10-EN - Structural Design of Cooling Towers

    Structural Design of Cooling Towers


    VGB Standard on the Structural Design, Calculation, Engineering and Construction of Cooling Towers.

  • VGB-B 035 - Failures and Forced Unavailability of Power Plants

    Failures and Forced Unavailability of Power Plants (Henk C. Wels)


    Power plants are not functioning to the fullest 100 % of the time. Maintenance and inspection of some components require them to be off-line in time, however, this can be planned such that customers continue receiving power from the electrical grid, steam or district heating from other plants. Unplanned outages due to failures or external conditions may cause surprises and can lead to situations in which the demand is not satisfied at short term at large costs.

  • TW103Ve 2019

    Availability of Power Plants
    2009 - 2018

    VGB-TW 103Ve (2019)

    Since 1970 VGB has been collecting data according to standardized uniform definitions and recording procedures. With the liberalization of the energy markets, the technical and economic assessment of power plants has gained more and more importance.

  • KKS Pocketbook

    VGB-Standard KKS. Pocketbook


    The "KKS Pocketbook" (2nd revised and extende edition 2019) is an abridged version (extract) of the publication VGB-S-811-01-2018-01-EN “KKS – Identification System for Power Stations”. The handy 128-page brochure supports the decoding of KKS codes, one of the world's most widely used key systems for the designation of equipment and components in power 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.

  • 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