• VGB study: Wind Energy in Germany and Europe

  • VGB Congress 2017: Programme published

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  • Brochure: Hydropwer

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Flexible coal-fired power plants – German experience sought after at GIZ workshop in Beijing

Flexible coal-fired power plants – German experience sought after at GIZ workshop in Beijing

The "Technical Solutions for the Flexibilisation of Coal-Fired Power Plants – Experiences from Germany" workshop took place in Beijing on June 9, 2017. It was jointly organized by the Chinese Electric Power Planning & Engineering Institute (EPPEI) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. In addition to VGB, representatives from Durag, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, RWE, Siemens, Steag Energy Services, VPC and Wallstein reported on their experiences with flexible power plant operation. The central message conveyed by the speakers was that the implementation of measures to make plants more flexible is less of a technical challenge than it is a commercial one. Stable framework conditions and a market design that honors flexibility are elementary prerequisites for sustainably transforming the energy system.

All Presentations are now available for download!



VGB POWERTECH Journal - Current Issue

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PT-Journal - Current Issue

VGB study: Wind Energy in Germany and Europe

VGB study: Wind Energy in Germany and Europe

Status, potentials and challenges for baseload application
Part 1: Developments in Germany since 2010

The main objective of this study is to provide facts and plausibility checks related to electricity supply from wind energy in Germany and 17 European countries with emphasis on the current status and main challenges for reliable and secure power supply ...


VGB Standards now online for Ordinary VGB Members

VGB study: Wind Energy in Germany and Europe

VGB PowerTech provides its Ordinary Members with an exclusive online access for the VGB Standards (VGB-Standards, VGB Guidelines, VGB Technical Instruction Sheets). The documents are made available as eBook (PDF file) online through the new web site „VGBVS4OM“.


Call for Papers - Submit your lecture for the Conference Maintenance in Power Plants


This biennial 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. This conference is to put up the current subjects in discussion and to cultivate the intensive exchange of experiences especially for the experts of maintenance in power plants.

Paper submission is open now. The deadline for submitting proposed lectures is 31 July 2017.



  • Messe Essen

    VGB CONGRESS 2017 - Generation in Competition

    13/14 September 2017 Essen, Germany

    The goal of the VGB CONGRESS 2017 with its new motto Generation in Competition 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.

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    Chemistry in Power Plants 2017

    25/26 October 2017 in Koblenz, 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.

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    Chemistry in the Water-steam Cycle

    28 - 30 November 2017 in Essen, Germany

    This training is addressed to all employees from the fields of chemistry, mechanical and process engineering, who are in charge in the operation, planning or servicing of water treatment plants for boiler feed water and steam.

New Publications


    PowerTech Journal 6/2017

    • Steam generators
    • Power plant by-products
    • Sensor technology on existent and temporary used components
    • DOC reduction by ion exchange and reverse osmosis
    • Environmental testing of fly ash for concrete

    and further news from industry, development and research

  • Recommendations for thermal/mechanical generator protection

    Recommendations for thermal/mechanical generator protection


    To detect incipient damage to generators in power plants, protective equipment is installed. For electrical protection, in 2012 VGB published recommendations in the VGB-Standard VGB-S-025 “Electrical Generating Unit Protection”. The VGBStandard in hand, VGB-S-164-11, shows the protective measures that can be taken when thermal limits are exceeded or leaks and other malfunctions occur. These protective measures relate to so-called thermal/mechanical generator protection and cover generators for thermal power plants, hydroelectric power plants and wind turbines.

  • VGB-S-832-00-2016-04-DE-EN-ebook

    Document Designation for Energy Supply Units


    Documents should be quickly available for certain tasks. To achieve this, a designation of documents with identifying and classifying information is necessary. Essential parts of the designation of documents are statements about the object represented and the characteristic content of information.

  • 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.

  • Media Information 2017

    Media Information 2017

    The Media Information for the technical journal "VGB PowerTech" and other event-publications of VGB are now available for download.

  • Gas turbine

    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.

  • VGB-S-164-12-2016-10-DE-ebook

    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 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

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


    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

    The utilisation of wind power is playing an important role in order to meet the targets of the European Union within the Climate and Energy Package by 2020. By the end of 2016 the total installed capacity in the EU-28 amounted to 153,730 MW and worldwide to 486,749 MW. 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