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The new forum giving voice to Europe's hydropower community
A new three-year long EU funded project has recently started, it aims to gather input from the European hydropower community in order to agree upon common Research and Innovation priorities for the sector in Europe.
VGB POWERTECH JOURNAL 12-2018
Download selected papers from the latest December issue free of charge:
- Renewable substitute natural gas synthesis integrated in power and gasification plants for energy storage
Efthymia Ioanna Koytsoumpa
- A model-based outlook on the KWKG tender in Germany
Jan Andersson and Rana Mitra
Indian power representatives successfully trained
In the course of an one-week training at the KWS PowerTech Training Centre, Indian experts familiarized themselves with flexible power plant operation both theoretically and practically.
Maintenance in Power Plants
19/20 February 2019 in Potsdam, 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.
Thermal Waste Utilization and Fluidized Bed Firing Systems
13/14 March 2019 in Hamburg, Germany
This conference combines existing operational experience with new technologies and practical applications and presents them for discussion.
Maintenance of Wind Power Plants
26/27 March 2019 in Bremen, Germany
The focal topics of this VGB conference will deal with the reduction of installation and operating costs of wind power plants as well as with the enhancement of operational safety and reliability. The consistent further development of system technology, in particular the optimisation of maintenance strategies will play a decisive role in the future in order to increase technical availability and thus economic efficiency of the appropriate systems.
Digitalization in Hydropower
25/26 April 2019 in Graz, Austria
The international VGB workshop will again provide a comprehensive overview of digitalization in hydro power dealing mainly with the results of newly developed and implemented techniques.
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.
PowerTech Journal 12/2018
- VGB Congress 2018 - Power Generation in Transition
- VGB Congress: Opening address
- People first
- Renewable substitute natural gas synthesis
- Fuel transport in the feeding area of waste incineration plants
and further news from industry, development and research
Electricity Generation - Facts and Figures 2018/2019
The update of the information brochure “Electricity Generation - Facts and Figures 2018/2019” had been published. Periodically, since 2003 this VGB publication informs about facts and trend in electricity generation.
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.
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 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