• Digitalization in Hydropower​

    Web congress with webinar and virtual exhibition!
  • New topical homepage: KKS | RDS-PP®​​​

    Discover novelties - find your tailor-made solution!
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VGB on the Way to the Future Energy System

VGB auf dem Weg ins Energiesystem der Zukunft

VGB, the International Association of Energy Plant Operators, outlines in its White Paper the important fields of action for designing the future energy system and which contributions VGB can make to implement this new energy system.


OnLine Event | 100 Years VGB​

Here you can enjoy the VGB Live-Online-Event of September 9, 2020 once again in full version.


VGB PowerTech Journal | Current Issue

Download selected papers from the latest issue free of charge:

PT-Journal - Current Issue

RECPP: Re-purposing Coal Power Plants during Energy Transition

Re-purposing Coal Power Plants during Energy Transition

This European funded project is about the re-purposing potential of coal-fired power plants thus opening per­spec­tives for coal regions in transition beyond of the coal phase out. Thirteen European operators of power plants and research institutions, coordinated by VGB, are core partner supported by further associated partners.



  • VGB Conference Chemistry

    VGB Web Conference Chemistry

    29 October 2020, Web Conference

    Since the safety and health of our participants is important to us and the expected distance and hygiene rules as well as travel restrictions do not allow the usual conduct of the Chemistry Conference, we have decided to cancel the event. We are offering a 3 hour web conference in English language on October 29, 2020.

  • European Biomass Ash Workshop

    European Biomass Ash Workshop

    9 November 2020 in Copenhagen, Denmark

    A tremendous increase in the use of biomass as a replacement fuel for coal for the production of heat and power causes the production also of huge quantities of BiomassAsh (BMA). The present-day situation is that this process has progressed far beyond the point where small quantities of BMA could just disappear.

  • Digitalization in Hydropower - Implemented innovative digital measures, products and tools

    Digitalization in Hydropower - Implemented innovative digital measures, products and tools

    10/11 November 2020 in Graz, Austria

    The international VGB expert event will again provide a comprehensive overview of digitalization in hydro power dealing mainly with the results of newly developed and implemented innovative digital measures, products and tools. This may contribute to improving and optimising digital solutions in your own company.

  • Keli 2020

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

    23-25 November 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.

New Publications

  • VGB PT-Journal | Current Issue

    PowerTech Journal 8/2020

    • Can e-fuels close the renewables power gap? A review.
    • Excitation of torsional oscillations in the grid
    • Know-how and capacity assurance for the maintenance of conventional power plants
    • The Biofficiency Project | Part 2

    and further news from industry, development and research

  • VGB-S-002-01-2019-05-EN: Basic Terms of the Electric Utility Industry

    Basic Terms of the Electric Utility Industry

    VGB-S-002-01-2019-05-EN | Available as free of charge eBook

    Apart from the familiar content relating to structural terms in the industry, power plant, grid and integrated supply system terms, energy and capacity terms and terms from the stock exchanges and trading markets now also newer terms from the immigrant energy transition and the global initiative to phase out fossil energy sources.

  • VGB-S-002-03-2019-10-EN: Technical and Commercial Key Indicators for Power Plants

    Technical and Commercial Key Indicators for Power Plants

    VGB-S-002-03-2019-10-EN | Available as free of charge eBook

    This VGB-Standard allows the user to make a technical and economic assessment of power plants. In addition, the effect of price effects and the legal requirements on the power plant operation can be analyzed using the VGB-Standard.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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