• Electricity Generation

    Facts and Figures 2019/2020
  • VGB Innovation Award 2019

  • DigiPoll@Energy​

    Analysis of the digital transformation

VGB Innovation Award 2019

VGB Innovation Award 2019

Flexible coal-fired power plants and cost-efficient wind turbines honoured

The VGB Research foundation awarded the VGB Innovation Award 2019 to Dr Marcel Richter (30) for the dynamic modelling of a coal-fired power plant for evaluation of flexibility measures and Dr Meik Schlechtingen (35) for developing a model-based approach for wind turbine fault detection using SCADA data.


Dispatchable generation for flexibility in the energy system

In the focus: Dispatchable generation for flexibility in the energy system

A high degree of system flexibility is required to optimally integrate variable renewables like wind and photovoltaics (PV) into the energy system. This flexibility is mainly provided by four options: grids, storage- and sector coupling technologies, demand-side-integration and dispatchable generation. Currently the latter is the most important of these four options.


Electricity Generation - Facts and Figures 2019/2020

Electricity Generation - Facts and Figures

An update of Electricity Generation - Facts and Figures 2019/2020 is published. Since 2003, this VGB publication informs about facts and trends in electricity generation.




Digitalization and Industry 4.0 have a far-reaching impact on the energy sector. The VGB project DigiPoll@Energy analyses the as-is as well as the to-be state of the digital transformation regarding the approach and the digital applications. The objective of the poll is to identify best practices across generation technologies and value chain steps and thereby prepare the ground for joint research projects and actions.



  • Inspection, Maintenance and Refurbishment of Hydropower Plants

    Inspection, Maintenance and Refurbishment of Hydropower Plant

    29 November 2019 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 and technologies.

  • Mercury Control

    Mercury Control

    5/6 December 2019 in Berlin, Germany

    For mercury removal the operators of coal-fired power plants have a great challenge to meet the new emission limit values, which will become mandatory in the next years. Therefore, VGB offers a platform for an international exchange of ideas and experience.

  • Digitalization in Hydropower 2020

    Digitalization in Hydropower 2020

    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 and tools

New Publications

  • Current Issue

    PowerTech Journal 8/2019

    • VGB Congress 2019
    • Innovation in Power Generation
    • Perspective development of electricity generation in Europe
    • Transformation of the German energy system
    • Hydropower
    • AI diagnosis for maintenance teams

    and further news from industry, development and research

  • 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.

  • 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