Galileo Prize Materials Testing awarded to Christian Ullrich
Christian Ullrich, head of the Department Technical Services of VGB PowerTech e.V. was awarded the 2,000 Euro “Galileo Prize Materials Testing 2017”. The three associations Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V. (DGM), Deutsche Verband für Materialforschung und -prüfung (DVM) as well as Stahlinstitut VDEh honoured at their Conference “Materials Testing” the 34-year-old engineer Christian Ullrich for his outstanding merits in the field of materials for high-temperature and ultra-high temperature power plants.
VGB’s contribution to the G20/CEM events System Integration of Variable Renewables – Focus on Supply Side Flexibility
Over 60 international experts from industry, government and energy related institutions discussed the challenges of system stability in times of transition towards a decarbonized energy system. Different country perspectives, solutions and market designs were presented. VGB reported about the German experiences in flexible operation of thermal plants as well as about the role of biomass in the German energy market..
VGB POWERTECH JOURNAL 11-2017
Download selected papers from the latest November issue free of charge:
- Modelling the operational performance of water-cooled surface condensers using the single-tube condenser model according to VGB-S-130
Francisco Blangetti, Wolfgang Czolkoss and Lucas Borobia
- Current topics in the “Entsorgungshandbuch für Energiedienstleister”
Kerstin Fetsch and Thomas Eck
Latest media data 2018: Your advertisement in the VGB PowerTech Journal
Also in 2018 the VGB PowerTech Journal will continue to provide current information and latest news and findings about the trends in the power business. Make advantage of our renowned journal and print advertising and address your customers and stakeholders to draw the attention to your products and services.
VGB Annual Report 2016/2017: Now Available
With the current Annual Report, VGB PowerTech presents the results of its activities for the reporting period 2016/2017.
Maintenance in Power Plants: Programme is now available!
Detailed reports about strategies and practical examples on how to achieve good maintenance with few resources will guide you through the conference.
Maintenance in Power Plants 2018
28 February/1 March 2018 in Bonn, Germany
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.
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.
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
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.
PowerTech Journal 11/2017
- Gas turbine
- Fuel combustion
- Enhancement of fuel flexibility of industrial gas turbines
- Modelling the operational performance of water-cooled surface condensers
and further news from industry, development and research
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
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.
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 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
The Media Information for the technical journal "VGB PowerTech" and other event-publications of VGB are now available for download.
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.
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.
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