VGB CONGRESS - Power Generation in Transition

2018-09-12 - 2018-09-13
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“The weekly change in the canteen’s menu is the biggest change we’re facing.” This or something similar was the public perception of the challenges of an energy supplier in the 1990s. What annoyed us a little back then makes us smile from today’s point of view and at least gives us a glimpse of the truth. Please don’t misunderstand us. We have always faced challenges that drive our companies to innovate and change. We have always responded to these challenges with dynamism, found smart solutions and implemented them efficiently. But today everything is different : The current, globally visible processes of change, the multitude of topics raised at the same time and their relevance to areas beyond pure energy supply has a completely new dimension: Digitalisation, flexibility, security of supply, energy storage, decentralisation, integrated energy supply across consumption sectors, mobility, climate protection and, of course, market design are only some aspects worthy of mention. It is remarkable that power generation is always at the beginning of the chain: Digitalisation, security of supply, power storage, integrated energy and e-mobility are neither conceivable nor feasible without generation.

These completely new requirements are of course challenging, but above all they offer one thing: Opportunities for the future. We will support to shape the energy world of the future. We have the expertise and experience. This is a great honour, but also a great responsibility. What could be more exciting?

Against this background, we would like to invite you to join us at the VGB Congress 2018 in Munich under the motto of

Motto Power Generation in Transition

Let us discuss, learn from each other and develop ideas for the energy supply of the future.

Together with you as participants, our expert and eminent

speakers and the companies at the accompanying trade exhibition, we will highlight the latest innovative solutions for technical and commercial change in power generation in the presentations and discussions.

Sonja van Renssen of ep energy post will moderate our plenary session entitled “The European development towards CO2 neutrality”. For the technical sections, we and the programme committee have selected the following topics for you:

  • Integrated energy supply across consumption sectors,
  • Power plant optimisation,
  • Storage – experience & potential
  • Progress through digitisation – Productivity | Cost-effectiveness
  • Combined heat and power | Gas to power technologies

Our dialogue forum focuses on the topics of “Optimisation of power plant productivity”, “Progress through digitalisation in operation” and “Reduction of emissions”.

We are also pleased to invite you to Munich together with our international partner organisation IERE – Electric Power Technology Platform. As a participant in the VGB Congress you are cordially invited to attend the presentations at the IERE workshop, which will take place in parallel under the joint event motto “Power Generation in Transition”.

We are looking forward to seeing you and listening to your contributions at the VGB Congress 2018, the industry meeting for power and heat generation. There, in the Munich, we will discuss the way forward, our ideas, our activities and work for the power generation of the future, its technologies and opportunities in the marketplace. A varied menu during the breaks is of course also provided for, even if this time it will certainly not be discussed as a change topic.

Yours Hans Bünting and Oliver Then

VGB offers all participants a neutral platform to exchange and gives a view on the technical future of the power industry in Germany and Europe.

  • Programme - VGB CONGRESS

    (Subject to revision)

    Conference languages: German and English – simultaneous translation provided

    Last update: 6 September 2018

    Programme overview:

    Tuesday, 11 September 2018

    Get-together in the exhibition

    Get-together in the exhibition
    starting 18:00 until 21:00

    The VGB PowerTech and the exhibitors invite all participants to a get-together. Catering will be arranged.

    Use the opportunity to intensify your contacts and to have interesting conversations.

    Wednesday, 12 September 2018

    • Opening of the congress
    • Plenary session
      Motto: The European Development Towards CO2 Neutrality
      Chair: Sonja van Renssen, ep energy post, Belgium

    Thursday, 13 September 2018

    Technical Sessions

    • Section A
      Sector coupling and power plant optimisation
    • Section C
      Storage - experiences & potentials
    • Section B
      Progress through digitalisation - productivity/economy
    • Section D
      Gas to power technology and Combined heat & power
    • Section E
      Short Presentation with Discussion


      Wednesday, 12 September 2018

    Opening of the congress

    Opening speech

    Dr Hans Bünting, Chairman of the Board of Directors, VGB PowerTech e.V.

    Welcome address

    Dr. Ulrike Wolf
    Ministerialdirigentin, Leiterin der Abteilung Energiepolitik, Energieinfrastruktur im Bayerischen Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie und Technologie



    Health & safety in the power industry
    Marc Massaar van Schaik, ENGIE BU Generation, The Netherlands; Joe Scally, ESB Generation & Wholesale Markets, Ireland

    Plenary Session

    The European Development Towards CO2 Neutrality

    Chair: Sonja van Renssen, ep energy post , Belgium

    (The abstracts were not edited by VGB and are printed as received by our authors. A click on the title of the lecture will lead you to the abstract.)

    The roadmap towards a CO2 neutral Europe
    K. Ruby, eurelectric, Belgium
    European demand and supply and future generation mix in a security of supply context
    Ben Voorhorst, President, ENTSO-E, Belgium
    Plenary discussion
    Speaker P1, P2 and Dr Hans Bünting, Chairman of the Board of VGB PowerTech e.V.
    Break in the exhibition
    ”Security of supply during the transition to a RES dominated generation landscape”
    Chair: Sonja van Renssen, ep energy post, Belgium
    The secure supply of electricity and heat for a major city based on renewables
    Hans Lerchl, Leiter Energiewirtschaft, SWM Stadtwerke München, Munich, Germany
    Chemical sites as energy hubs in the context of the energy transition
    Heiko Mennerich, Evonik Technology & Infrastructure GmbH, Germany
    Readiness level of technologies for the “Energiewende”: Results from VGB Scientific Advisory Board study
    Prof Dr Michael Beckmann and Christoph Pieper, TU Dresden, Germany
    Panel Discussion
    Chair: Sonja van Renssen

    Speaker V 1 - V 3 and Roger Miesen, RWE Generation SE

    Break in the exhibition
    19:00 Welcome Evening
    back →
      Thursday, 13 September 2018
    Section A: Sector coupling
    (A click on the title of the lecture will lead you to the abstract.)
    Future role of thermal power generation and the storage of electricity in the EU member states to ensure security of supply under the conditions of increasing shares of volatile renewable energies
    Dr Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer, World Energy Council, United Kingdom
    Sector coupling – options and chances for the energy sector
    Prof Dr Klaus Görner, Rhein Ruhr Power, Universität Duisburg-Essen (LUAT), Gas und Wärme Institut Essen e.V. (GWI), Virtuelles Institut „Strom zu Gas und Wärme”; F. Möllenbruck, M. Dierks, E. Demirkol, G. Oeljeklaus, Universität Duisburg-Essen (LUAT), Germany
    The research projects on sector coupling at the Coal Innovation Centre of RWE Power
    Dr Peter Moser, Dr. Sandra Schmidt, Knut Stahl, Georg Wiechers, RWE Power AG, Essen, Germany
    10:30 Break in the exhibition
    Section A: Power plant optimisation
    Flexible lignite power plants - its importance under the current market conditions
    Daniel Kosel, Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG, Power Plant Office, Germany; Alette Bläser, Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG, KW Boxberg, Plant Operation, Germany; Sebastian Meyer, Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG, Modernisation & Efficiency, Germany
    Measures to improve the flexibility of the RWE lignite power plants as a reliable partner of the energy transition
    Ulrich Schulze, Dr Lars Kulik und Jörg Holsteg, RWE Power AG, Germany
    Conversion of a heating plant site from hard coal to natural gas – Stuttgart-Gaisburg CHP plant
    Jens Rathert, EnBW, Germany
    12:45 Break in the exhibition
    back →
    Section C: Storage - experiences & potentials
    (A click on the title of the lecture will lead you to the abstract.)
    Obervermuntwerk II and Kopswerk II
    Peter Matt, Vorarlberger Illwerke AG, Austria
    Electricity-to-electricity storage systems at power plant sites
    Richard Lindenau and Dr Christoph Guder, STEAG Energy Services GmbH, Germany
    Potentials of thermal energy storages integrated into steam power plants
    Thomas Loeper, Christian Lindner, Siemens AG, Germany, Freerk Klasing, Philipp Knödler, Michael Krueger, DLR, Germany, Marcel Richter, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
    10:30 Break in the exhibition
    The rotary storage - a concept for a kinetic mass storage
    Jose Gomes, VPC GmbH, Germany
    Compressed air energy storage – new plant layouts and storage applications
    Dr Marcus Budt, Fraunhofer UMSICHT, Germany
    Bankability, tendering and realisation of energy storage projects – learnings from practice
    Dr Martijn Huibers, Haike van de Vegte, Dr Koen Broess, DNV GL, The Netherlans
    12:45 Break in the exhibition
     back →
    Section B: Progress through digitalisation - productivity
    (A click on the title of the lecture will lead you to the abstract.)
    Influence of digitalization on utilities: comfort or challenge
    A.Z., ENGIE Kraftwerk Zolling GmbH & Co. KGaA, Germany
    The digital revolution: New paths to productivity in power generation
    Sabine Stock, The Boston Consulting Group, Österreich; Daniel Schlecht, Frank Klose, The Boston Consulting Group, Germany
    15:00 Break in the exhibition
    Section B: Progress through digitalisation - economy
    Digitalization as key factor to reduce the levelised cost of electricity for wind power
    Dr Thomas Burchhart, VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH, Austria
    New ways of merging power plant and market information for the revenue-optimized power plant dispatch at RWE AG
    Dr Jürgen Brandt, Ulrich Schulze, Tim Wenig, RWE Power AG, Germany
     back →
    Section D: Gas to power technology
    (A click on the title of the lecture will lead you to the abstract.)
    Advanced gas power plants with storage capability
    Dr Klaus Payrhuber, GE Distributed Power, GE Jenbacher, Austria; Dr Manuel Weindorf, GE Grid Solutions, GE Energy Germany GmbH, Germany
    Siemens HL-class sets new standards in every aspect
    Dr Hans Thermann, Hans Maghon and Kolja Schwarz, Siemens AG; Germany; Pratyush Nag, Siemens Inc., USA
    15:00 Break in the exhibition
    Section D: Combined heat & power
    A model-based outlook on the KWKG tender in Germany
    Rana Mitra, Wärtsilä Deutschland GmbH,Germany and Jan Andersson, Wärtsilä Finland Oy, Finland
    Flexibility and renewable energy in large district heating systems – Increasing demands due to the “Wärmewende”
    Dr Marc Jüdes, EnBW, Germany
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    Section E - Short Presentations with Discussion
    Conference language English without simultaneous translation
    Section E: Optimisation power plant productivity
    (A click on the title of the lecture will lead you to the abstract.)
    Five steps to greater power plant productivity
    Uwe Rode, GE Power, Germany
    What is the story behind pant performance enhancement?
    Frank Schulze, VPC GmbH, Germany
    Condition and lifetime monitoring of boiler components and piping systems at high temperatures
    Dr Paschalis Grammenoudis and Dr. Kai Bauerbach MMEC Mannesmann GmbH, Germany
    09:30 Discussion
    Chair: Sonja van Renssen
    10:30 Break in the exhibition
    Section E: Progress through digitalisation in operation
    Digitalising asset management. Uniper's answer: enerlytics
    Pete Davies and Nathan Gould, Uniper Technologies Limited, Unite Kingdom
    Energy branch: Cyber risk and insurances
    Michael Härig, Marsh GmbH, Germany
    Condition monitoring in wind turbines – Practical experiences with a global digital approach
    Dr Meik Schlechtingen, EnBW, Germany
    11:45 Discussion
    Chair: Sonja van Renssen
    12:45 Break in the exhibition
    Section E: Reduction of emissions
    Status of the research and development program on the reduction of mercury emissions at RWE Power
    Knut Stahl, Dr Peter Moser, Ferdinand Steffen, RWE Power AG, Germany
    Meeting tomorrows emission standards for CO2/SOX/NOX and heavy metals while maintaining competitiveness
    Dr Marc Schumacher and Dr Alain Strickroth, CPPE, Luxembourg
    Ultra-high voltage energization of electrostatic precipitators for coaled-fired boilers
    Mads Kirk Larsen FLSmidth, Denmark, and Michael Brocks, FLSmidth Möller®, Germany
    14:30 Discussion
    Chair: Sonja van Renssen
    15:30 Break in the exhibition
    back →
  • Programme - IERE Workshop



    The Joint Event is the collaboration of the annual international IERE Workshop and the VGB Congress titled with the common theme ”Power Generation in Transition”. The international IERE workshop is supported by RWE Technology International GmbH, Essen as local host company. All participants have the opportunity to join the lectures of both events without limitation and to exchange information together in the common break areas and the exhibition areas as well as the joint Get-Together in the exhibition, the Joint Evening Event and the Joint Technical visit.

    About IERE

    IERE is an organization for exchanging electricity and energy related cutting-edge technologies and R&D information among its members from the electricity & energy supply industry, equipment provider businesses, academic research, government, etc. This unique platform is of great help for executives, senior managers, engineers, and researchers who are responsible for R&D and solutions. It is a worldwide, non-profit organization, established as “International Electric Research Exchange” in 1968.

    About the theme

    Remember when you got your first mobile phone? It was not smart yet, but still it disrupted your live as you could suddenly make phone calls from almost any place your provider covered. One of the early challenges was that remembering to recharge your phone was a routine disruption that soon became a new routine. The rise of renewables, mobile and digital technologies in the energy industry worldwide requires similar adjustments. Over the past decade, the disparity between utilities is growing fast, with those owners gaining a competitive advantage, who are willing to modernize their business models while others who work against or delay change will lose ground. The majority of global installed capacity is still conventional generation, with coal holding the lead. As those units age – especially when they find themselves in changing markets or regions requiring more challenging operating profiles – they will need modernization and flexibilisation in line with new business models.

    Session Themes of the IERE workshop

    Session 1 – Penetration of Renewable Energies

    The unpredictability of renewable assets that operate only when the wind blows and the sun shines require changes to operational models. More frequent cycling, start/stops, and ramping of assets cause faster equipment wear. In addition, a cleaner, greener and integrated grid requires the solid foundation of a modernized, upgraded and expanded transmission system. This session will focus on the development and integration of various technologies and systems to adapt to changes in strategy and operational models.

    Potential topics include:

    • Flexible generation solutions – technology and operational advancements
    • HRSG design to meet next generation cycling and efficiency requirements
    • Transmission as enabler – current challenges and innovations in grid technologies
    • Case studies of utility transitions

    Session 2 – The Greener Side of Generation

    There is a growing trend in the power industry to shift away from coal-fuelled generation toward clean power. However the crux of the clean energy debate is that it comes at a price, both fiscal and social. There is a cost to eliminate smog and greenhouse gases by transforming plants to clean coal technologies. This session will focus on technology options, technology selection and grid access issues related to clean power applications and research findings.

    Potential topics include:

    • Biomass-to-energy conversion project examples
    • Biomass conversion – technical options and challenges
    • Carbon capture, storage and utilization (CCUS) – project examples and assessment Studies

    Session 3 – Showcasing Innovations for Power Generation

    This session will focus on cases studies, application experiences and research findings within the electricity supply industry in deploying new technologies such as digital solutions, big data applications, internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence and robotics.

    Potential topics include:

    • Energy and Battery Storage – applications in future generation
    • Asset Management – case studies of digital innovations in plant operation and maintenance
    • Big Data – intelligence software and advanced analysis
    • Cyber security – safety check 4.0
    • Smart grid technologies

    Session 4 – Generating More Efficiently

    Market forces and policies are driving the energy industry to reduce carbon emissions implementing advanced reduction technologies. This session will focus on the latest technology trends and options aiming to reduce emissions, improve efficiency and lower generation costs.

    Potential topics include:

    • Technical, operational and IT aspects of boosting energy efficiency
    • Energy efficiency case studies


    As mentioned earlier at “About the Joint Event” IERE-RWE TI Munich Workshop is a part of the Joint Event co-organized IERE and VGB. You are kindly requested to register according to your membership of IERE or VGB. When you have both memberships from IERE and VGB, please kindly ask the IERE Central Office at or the VGB secretariat at

  • Welcome Evening


    Hofbräuhaus Munich

    Munich Hofbräuhaus
      ©BBMC Tobias Ranzinger

    Munich, beer and the Hofbräuhaus – they’ve all belonged together for the past 400 years. Since the early 19th century, the famous beer cellar at the heart of the city has been a magnet for the people of Munich and travellers from every corner of the globe. Its delicious beer, traditional specialities, legendary “Gemütlichkeit“ and fascinating history have made the Hofbrauhaus into the most famous beer cellar in the world.

    On September 27, 1589, Duke Wilhelm V founded a brewery on the site of the Munich royal residence of that time. This first Hofbräuhaus lasted till the year 1808 and was only a few steps away from today’s one. Maximilian I built his ducal Weissbier brewery in 1607, thus laying the historical foundations of today’s Hofbräuhaus.

    Half the daily visitors are regulars. And one of them is actually an angel – if the old legend about the “Münchner im Himmel” is to be believed: Alois Hingerl, the main figure in the story, was a regular at the Hofbräuhaus all his life. When he died and arrived in heaven he irritated a lot of people there by being so homesick for Munich. He moaned so much that eventually God decided to have mercy on him, and sent him back to his old home on a mission for the Bavarian government. But the moment angel Aloisius smelt the air of Munich again, he forgot all about his divine mission and flew straight off to the Hofbräuhaus. There he finally found peace of mind, and has been enjoying one beer after the other ever since. And to this day, so ends the tale, the Bavarian government has been waiting in vain for divine inspiration.

    You can look forward to a special evening and enough time for your interesting talks. Certainly catering will be arranged.

    • Departure at Infinity Hotel: 18:30
    • Arrival at Munich old town: 19:15
      ensuing guided walk to the Hofbräuhaus approx. 10 minutes
    • Start: 19:30
    • End: 23:00
    • The number of participants is limited.
  • Side Programme and Technical Visit

    Our recommendations to explore the city

    Schlossanlage Schleißheim

    Schloss Schleißheim
      ©Bayerische Schlösserverw.

    The palace complex Schleißheim is one of the most important Baroque facilities in Germany and located in the district of Munich. It includes three complexes: Old Palace, New Palace and Lustheim Palace. The individual buildings of the 17th and 18th centuries are connected in a large baroque park. All three palaces and the park can be visited. There are inter alia changing photo exhibitions and a Meissen porcelain collection, complemented by the restaurant Schlosswirtschaft.

    • Opening hours: 9 to 18 h (closed Mondays)
    • Admission charge: Combination ticket € 8 per person

    Flugwerft Schleißheim

    Flugwerft Schleißheim
      ©Deutsches Museum

    The Flugwerft and the airfield Schleißheim are amongst the oldest airfield facilities in Germany. Its history reflects the eventful development of aviation as well as the political history of Germany in the 20th century. The Schleißheim airfield belongs to the Deutsches Museum and approximately 70 aircrafts on display document a century of civil and military aviation on an exhibition area of around 7,500 m².

    • Opening hours: 9 to 17 h (daily)
    • Admission charge: € 7 per person

    City tour Munich

    Stadtrundfahrt München
     © Gray Line SIGHTseeing

    Take the train S1 from Unterschleißheim station to Munich Central Station (25 minutes travel time).
    Get to know the city’s highlights on a hop-on hop-off bus tour (Grey Line Sightseeing). Your ticket is valid the whole day and you can get on or off at each stop. Departure and arrival is always the Bahnhofsplatz (near central station) in front of the department store ‘Karstadt’.
    The tickets can be purchased online or on site.

    • Express Circle (1 h, € 17 per person) Central station, Artgaleries – Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek, Odeonsplatz (Café Tambosi), Max-Joseph-Platz, Marienplatz, Town hall, Cathedral Frauenkirche, Viktualienmarkt, Hofbräuhaus, Karlsplatz (Stachus), Central station
    • Grand Circle (2.5 h, € 22 per person): Like Tour 1 supplemented by Nymphenburg Palace, Olympia Park, BMW World & Museum, Schwabing/Engl. Garden

    Technical Visit

    Sauerlach Geothermal Plant – Stadtwerke München

    Sauerlach Geothermal Plant – Stadtwerke München
      ©Stefan Obermeier

    A geothermal energy source is hot thermal water drawn out of easily permeable limestone layers in what is known as the Malm aquifer, a geological stratum found in wide parts of the region. Munich is located right on top of a huge reservoir of natural energy source: hot-water accumulations with temperatures ranging from 80 °C to 100 °C are located below the surface of the earth at a depth of 2,000 metres (northern city limits) to 3,000 metres (southern city limits). The heat from these geothermal sources is ideally suited for use in heating . This involves pumping the hot water to the surface and channelling it through heat exchangers where its energy is extracted. The cooled water is then fed back into the deep -lying reservoir. The geothermal power cycle thus does not impact on the ecosystem.
    In Sauerlach, the thermal water temperature is much higher than in Munich – more than 140 °C at a depth of about 4,200 metres. As a result, the thermal water can also be used for electricity generation, not just for heating purposes. The Sauerlach geothermal combined-heat-and-power plant delivers electricity to 16,000 households while simultaneously providing heating for Sauerlach households.
    Participants: 40 maximum. Please register as early as possible.

    • 09:00h : Meeting point Infinity Hotel (Bus transfer, 1 h)
    • 10:00h :Start technical visit (Sauerlach Geothermal Plant, Energiestraße)
    • 12:00h : Return
    • 13:00h : Arrival Infinity Hotel

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    A block of rooms has already been reserved in the conference hotel. The room contingent is valid until 10 August 2018. Please make your reservation under the keyword „Congress 18“.


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