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VGB PowerTech: Technical competence centre for wind power at the NRW booth of WindEnergy Hamburg

VGB PowerTech: Technical competence centre for wind power  at the NRW booth of WindEnergy Hamburg 2018

New VGB-Standard “Fire Protection for Onshore Wind Power Plants” will be presented

VGB PowerTech presents its objectives at the NRW booth of the WindEnergy Hamburg 2018. VGB’s mission is to support the co-operation on all technical topics and tasks for wind power plants.

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New business models for VGB utilities

New business models for VGB utilities

In view of the expansion of renewables and distributed generation, the integration of these systems and the use of storage technologies is playing a major role in the energy sector. The regulatory boundary conditions to use these technologies have been analysed within the VGB research project "Technical use of distributed generation and storages with regard to reserve and balancing markets. Regulatory boundary conditions in several EU countries and Switzerland".

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VGB POWERTECH JOURNAL 8-2018

Current Issue

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PT-Journal - Current Issue

New Members

New Members

We highly appreciate to welcome our new VGB members:

events

  • Chemistry in Power Plants

    Chemistry in Power Plants

    24/25 October 2018 in Magdeburg, Germany

    The conference is a forum for operators of energy utilities and industrial power plants. Operating experience will be discussed and technical developments will be represented in the field of power plant chemistry.

  • Inspection, Maintenance and Refurbishment of Hydropower Plants

    Inspection, Maintenance and Refurbishment of Hydropower Plants

    30 November 2018 in Salzburg, Austria

    The VGB expert workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of maintaining hydropower assets and aims at transferring knowledge in order to benefit from innovative and newly developed approaches.

  • Mercure Control

    Mercury Control

    6/7 December 2018 in Berlin, Germany

    The BREF-LCP process has been finished last year and the emission ranges (BAT-AEL) have been fixed now. Therefore, it is an urgent need to bring all parties together for an exchange of ideas and experiences regarding the reduction of mercury release into water and air.

  • WEA Verbund

    Operation of Wind Power Plants in Cold Climate

    23/24 January 2019 in Vienna, Austria

    The main topics of the conference will deal with the optimization of wind turbine operation under cold climate conditions. The aim is to increase operational safety and reliability as well as to reduce production losses due to icing.

  • Maintenance in Power Plants

    Maintenance in Power Plants

    19/20 February 2019 in Berlin, Germany

    This event is addressed to all experts of the conventional and nuclear division, to the experts of maintenance in power plants and service companies and to the independent inspectors and deputies of governments, who are concerned with new developments in the divisions maintenance, inspection and repair.

  •  Gas Turbines 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.

New Publications

  • Current Issue

    PowerTech Journal 8/2018

    • VGB Congress 2018
    • Research & Development
    • HL-class gas turbines – the next level for efficiency and flexibility
    • New steam turbine technology
    • Research & development at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg
    • The reactor-glass model of the Simulator Centre

    and further news from industry, development and research

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

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

    VGB-S-131-00-2017-07-EN-ebook

    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

    VGB-S-130-00-2017-07-EN-ebook

    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

    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 Thermal Power Plants 2006 – 2015

    Analysis of Unavailability of Power Plants

    VGB-TW103Ae-eBook

    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.

  • Gas turbine

    Monitoring, limiting and protection devices on gas turbine systems

    VGB-S-121-00-2016-04-EN-ebook

    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.

  • VGB-S-164-12-2016-10-DE-ebook

    Standards for professional leadership behaviourVe

    VGB-S-041-00-2016-04-EN-ebook

    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 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

452
Members
34
Countries
466.000 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

    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

    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