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Flexibility Toolbox now available
The Flexibility Toolbox – a study on potential measures enabling flexible operation of coal fired power plants – was formally handed over to Indian partners on 19 April 2018.
VGB POWERTECH JOURNAL 6-2018
Download selected papers from the latest June issue free of charge:
- Flexible operation of power stations requires innovative materials and test methods
Claas Lehmkuhla and Otmar Klag
- 100 CHP plants for Bottrop
Maren Wenzel, Mustafa Flayyih, Manfred Lange, Jörn Benthin, Frank Burmeister and Rolf Albus
VGB Technical Group Reference Designation and Plant Documentation
Being part of a powerful operators’ network
Benefit from the interaction with experts to fundamental and operative issues.
Revision of the VGB/BAW Standard "Corrosion Protection for Offshore Wind Structures" published
The 3rd edition of the VGB/BAW Standard "Corrosion Protection for Offshore Wind Structures" (VGB-021) published in April 2018 replaces the standards published in June 2017. Three parts are available for free download.
VGB CONGRESS - Power Generation in Transition
12/13 September 2018 in Munich-Unterschleissheim, Germany
The goal of the congress 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.
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.
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.
PowerTech Journal 6/2018
- Power plant operation
- New screw pump for high-pressure applications
- Converting Coal to Biomass
- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union
and further news from industry, development and research
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
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
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 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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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