• Innovation Award 2018

    Call for Proposals
  • Quality Award 2018

    Proposals Welcome
  • Oil Laboratory

    VGB expand their services

VGB expand their services with oil laboratory

Oil Laboratory

Oil analyses for efficient and reliable electricity generation

As of January 2018, VGB PowerTech expand their services for electricity supply with their new oil laboratory. The new oil lab offers all services for oil management with its state-of-the art lab for the analysis of lubricants and insulating oils.



Current Issue

Download selected papers from the latest January/February issue free of charge:

PT-Journal - Current Issue

VGB Innovation Award 2018: Call for Proposals

VGB Innovation Award 2018

The VGB Innovation Award honours outstanding performance of young university graduates working in the field of power and heat generation (age limit: 35 years). The work that is to be honoured in this way can relate either to innovation in the operation of power and heat generation plants, or to important new findings in research.


VGB Quality Award 2018: Proposals Welcome

VGB Quality Award 2018

VGB invites all ordinary members of VGB PowerTech to propose suppliers for the VGB Quality Award 2018 who have delivered a project of outstanding quality.



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    Steam Generators, Industrial and Cogeneration Plants

    21/22 March 2018 in Rostock, Germany

    The Conference will focus on storage technologies, flexibility, conservation and the “future of power plants in 2025” in order to match current and future requirements of energy policy.

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    Maintenance of Wind Power Plants

    7/8 May 2018 in Munich, Germany

    The focal topics of the 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.

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    KELI 2018

    16/17 May 2018 in Potsdam, Germany

    Every two years, VGB PowerTech organises the KELI – Technical Conference on Electrical Engineering, I&C and IT Technologies. Operators and planners of all types of generation plants like conventional, nuclear and hydro power as well as renewable, decentralized and industrial generation are addressed.

  • Steam Turbines and Operation of Steam Turbines

    Steam Turbines and Operation of Steam Turbines

    6/7 June 2018 in Koblenz, Germany

    Aim of the conference is to ensure the steam turbine operation on a high availability and effectiveness also in the future. Changes of the market and the reactions on the manufacturer and operator side as well as in the complete service sector make this experience exchange still more necessary.

New Publications

  • Current Issue

    PowerTech Journal 1-2/2018

    • Power plant operation
    • Turkey’s energy future
    • Optimized CO2 capture technology
    • IT security catalogue
    • Compressed air energy storage combined cycle
    • Laser-Multi-Pass-Narrow-Gap Welding

    and further news from industry, development and research

  • Electricity Generation - Facts and Figures 2017/2018

    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.

  • 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.

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    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

433.000 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