Innovation in Power Generation
Innovation is often equated with ideas and inventions. Literally, however, innovation means “novelty” or “renewal”. And that is exactly what the future energy system is all about. Most technologies do not have to be reinvented, they already exist. However, the application and combination of technical solutions must be innovative in order to guarantee a secure and cost-effective energy supply in the future as well. Digitisation, decentralisation, democratisation and decarbonisation are the major trends of the coming years. Integration of renewables, generation flexibility, demand-side management, storage technologies, power-to-x, sector coupling and e-mobility will provide the technical basis. The innovative implementation of these options is the real challenge of the energy revolution.
We would like to take a closer look and dicuss it at the VGB Congress 2019, the industry meeting place for electricity and heat generation.
Under the motto
“Innovation in Power Generation”
we invite you to Salzburg. Salzburg, located in the alpine region, is certainly also a suitable location for discussing the energy system of the future. Where else does the combination of dispatchable renewable generation in run-of-river power plants and flexibility options in high-capacity storage facilities seem more obvious than here with the available hydropower!
An exciting and varied programme awaits you.
We look forward to seeing you and your innovative contributions at the VGB Congress 2019.
(Subject to revision)
Conference languages: German and English – simultaneous translation provided
Last update: 26 August 2019
Tuesday, 3 September 2019
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, 4 September 2019
- Opening of the congress
- Plenary session
Motto: Motto: Innovation in Power Generation
Chair: Sonja van Renssen, ep energy post, Belgium
- Sektion V
- Sektion I
Thursday, 5 September 2019
Wednesday, 4 September 2019 - EUROPA SAAL 09:00 Opening of the CongressOpening speech
Dr. Hans Bünting, Chairman of the Board of Directors, VGB PowerTech e.V.Welcome addresses
LH Stv. Dr. Heinrich Schellhorn
Landeshauptmann-Stellvertreter, Land Salzburg
Bgm.-Stv. Dr. Barbara Unterkofler LL.M.
Bürgermeister-Stv. Stadt Salzburg
VD Dr. Leonhard Schitter
Präsident Oesterreichs Energie, CEO Salzburg AG, Salzburg, Österreich
- Innovation Award
10:00 Strategic reorientation of VGB – Status update
Dr. Oliver Then, Executive Managing Director, VGB PowerTech e.V.
10:30 Break in the exhibition
Plenary Session - EUROPA SAAL
Innovation in Power Generation - Utility PerspectiveChair: 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.)
Innovation in power generation
Dr. Karl Heinz Gruber, VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH, Österreich, Spartensprecher Erzeugung von Oesterreichs Energie
Digitalization @ Generation
Dr. Peter Struckmann, Uniper Kraftwerke GmbH, Germany
Introducing digital solutions for the operation of energy plants
Dr. Georg-Nikolaus Stamatelopoulos, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, Germany
Innovation potentials for the future power supply
Prof. Dr. Markus Haider, TU Wien, Österreich
Speaker V1 to V4 and Dr. Leonard Schitter
12:30 Break in the exhibition Industry Perspective
Chair: Sonja van Renssen, ep energy post, Belgien
Innovations to manage the energy transition
Erik Zindel, Dr. Norbert Henkel, Siemens AG, Germany
Mission to Zero – on the route to CO2 neutrality
Markus John, ABB AG, Germany
EU Cybersecurity Act, IT Security Act 2.0 and the current cyber threats in the energy industry
Prof. Dr. Stefan Loubichi, KMKRITIS − Kompetenzzentrum Managementsysteme Kritische Infrastrukturen c/o Simulatorzentrum, Germany
Start-up presentations 14:45
Leak detection using ultrasound imaging
Walter Umbricht, Distran Ltd, Switzerland
Combining AI and Digital Twin to diagnose plants in operations
Aurélien Schwartz and Inès Allard de Grandmaison, METROSCOPE, France
More electricity from less steam – The micro steam turbine MDT-300
Martin Daft, TURBONIK GmbH, Germany
Chair: Sonja van Renssen
16:00 Break in the exhibition 19:00 Welcome Evening back → Thursday, 5 September 2019 - EUROPA SAAL Section A: Technologies for the Future (A click on the title of the lecture will lead you to the abstract.) 09:00
Sector coupling – buzzword or future of the energy supply
Prof. Dr. Ing. Wolfgang A. Benesch, STEAG Energy Services GmbH, Germany
Hydrogen as energy-carrier of the future?
Gerald Kinger, EVN AG,Austria
80% effectiveness of renewable energy by innovative sector coupling and re-electrification with green hydrogen
Uwe Neiß, Dr. Thomas Neuenhahn, Prof. Dr. Thomas Thiemann, Dr. Alexander Tremel, Siemens AG, Germany
10:30 Break in the exhibition Section A: Technologies for the Future 11:30
The project ALIGN-CCUS – A contribution to the evolutionary transformation process of energy and raw material supply through recycling of carbon
Dr. Peter Moser, Dr. Sandra Schmidt, Dipl.-Ing. Knut Stahl; Dipl.-Ing. Georg Wiechers, RWE Power AG; Dr. Arthur Heberle, Dr. Muhammad Majid; Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH; Dipl.-Ing. Hiroshi Kakihira, Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH; Prof. Ralf Peters, M.Sc. Stefan Weiske, Dr. Petra Zapp, Dr. Stefanie Troy; Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH; M.Sc. Marcel Neumann, Dipl.-Ing. Bastian Lehrheuer; RWTH University; Dr. Thorsten Schnorbus, Dr. Sandra Glück, Dipl.-Ing. Christian Honecker; FEV Europe GmbH, Germany
Latest trends in CO2-free hydrogen production technologies and the rise of hydrogen use – Overview and prospects on a global scale
Prof. Dr. Emmanouil Kakaras, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH, Germany
12:45 Break in the exhibition back → Section B: Flexibility (A click on the title of the lecture will lead you to the abstract.) 14:00
Alpine hydro power – support of the energy transition
Orkan Akpinar, AGAW (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Alpine Wasserkraft) Schluchseewerk AG, Germany
Nuclear and renewable alliance: getting along with flexibility
Stéphane Feutry, Electricité de France (EDF), Generation Division, Christelle Le Maitre, Electricité de France (EDF), Research & Development; Patrick Morilhat, Electricité de France (EDF), Research & Development, France
15:00 Break in the exhibition 15:45
Online training: one way to improve operator competence
Patrik Marklund, Marklund Solutions AB, Sweden
Security reserve Frimmersdorf
P/Q: Trainingsprogram for operation crew
Georg Bung, RWE Power AG; Horst-Günther Stürenburg, Kraftwerksschule e.V.; Rolf Hopf and Dominik Schwemm, RWE Power AG, Germany
back → Section E - LIGHTNING TALK - Short Presentation with Discussion - KARAJAN SAAL
Conference language English without simultaneous translation
Section E: System Stability Ein Klick auf einen Vortragstitel führt zur Kurzfassung. 09:00
Subsequent use of power plant sites for energy storage, sector coupling and stand-by power plants
Dr. Christian Bergins and Torsten Buddenberg, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH, Germany
Proof of wind turbine stability requirements in virtual grids and by real time simulation
Prof. Dr. Andreas Reuter, Leipniz Universität Hannover, Institut für Windenergiesysteme, Germany
Virtual power plants – current and future applications
Harald Altmann, Sascha Lüdge, Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG, Germany
Chair: Sonja van Renssen
10:30 Break in the exhibition Section E: Digitalisation 11:15
The importance of Industrial Data Sharing as an enabler for digital innovation
Patrick Poeten M.Sc., Fraunhofer – ISST, Germany
Digitization. Which digital tools are already being used successfully in power plant maintenance today?
Fabian Hohaus, Uniper Anlagenservice GmbH, Germany
Smart generator inspection using artificial intelligence
Bernhard Windisch, VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH, Austria
Chair: Sonja van Renssen
12:45 Break in the exhibition Section E3: Reduction of emissions 14:00
Decarbonization with gas engines and CHP
Dr. Klaus Payrhuber and Dr. Michael Url, INNIO Jenbacher GmbH & Co OG, Austria
A case study simulating and quantifying flexibility for a heating power plant with heat and battery storage
Rana Mitra, Wärtsilä Deutschalnd GmbH, Germany, Jan Andersson, Wärtsilä Finland Oy, Finland
Requirements for peakers in volatile, renewable dominated gridsDr. Thorsten Krol, Siemens AG, Germany 14:30
Hybrid power systems – sustainable solutions as integral part of the future energy landscape for industrial applications
Norbert Maier, Lucas Brucker, Rolls Royce Power Systems / MTU Onsite Energy, Germany
Chair: Sonja van Renssen
WELCOME EVENING IN THE RESIDENZ ZU SALZBURG
Austria’s sponsors cordially invite all congress participants to a welcome evening in the Residenz zu Salzburg.Carabinierisaal
This jewel in the middle of Salzburg’s old town with its unique architecture and richly equipped rooms served as a former palace complex of the Salzburg sovereigns and is considered one of the most magnificent venues of the present. In this special setting you can look forward to an informal and entertaining evening with Austrian culinary highlights and lots of opportunities for personal talks.
You can reach the Residenz from the Salzburg Congress in about 15 minutes walking distance. Alternatively, you are welcome to use our shuttle.
- 18:45 h: Shuttle from Salzburg Congress to the Residenz
- 19:00 h: Welcome reception with aperitif, canapés and backround music - string players ensemble
- 20:00 h: Opening and Welcome Adddress
- 20:15 h: Flying four-course-menu with backround music - string players ensemble
- 22:00 h: Exclusive opening of the DomQuartiers museum (up to midnight)
- Cocktailbar and beer tasting in the Rittersaal (great hall)
- Live-Saxophon ambience music
- 01:00 h: End of event
The exclusive opening of the DomQuartier DomQuartiers from 22:00 to 0:00 is a real highlight of this evening. We are very glad that we could manage to provide this for the guests.
Side Programme / Technical Visit>
During the VGB Congress 2019 you will find an information counter of Salzburg Information in the entrance area of Salzburg Congress. Here you can receive all tourist inquiries about the city and the ‘Salzburg Congress Card’ as well as other tickets. Please book the tours the day before, otherwise the availability cannot be guaranteed.Salzburg Congress Card
Salzburg Congress is literally just a stone’s throw away from Salzburg’s most important sights:
Whether Mozart’s birthplace in the Getreidegasse, the Dom Quartier Salzburg, the Fortress Hohensalzburg or the Moderne Museum on the Mönchsberg. With the Salzburg Congress Card, these sights can be visited free of charge. Public transport is included (for example the Festungsbahn and the Untersbergbahn). The card is available for 72 hours and is valid for the duration of the congress.
- Price: € 29 (instead of € 44)
Salzburg City TourSalzach Festung
Be enchanted by the charm of Mozart’s city on the one-hour city tour through Salzburg!
This city tour takes you from Mirabell Palace through the Old Town, pass the Mozarteum University and Mozart’s residence. After crossing the Staatsbrücke, it goes into the heart of the baroque old town. You will get interesting information about the festival halls, St. Peter’s Abbey and the Salzburg Cathedral as well as Rokkoko Palace Leopoldskron. You stop for a photo at the lake, opposite the Castle Leopoldskron. The tour ends at the point of departure, the ‘Mirabellplatz’.
- from Mirabellplatz | departures: every hour 10 am to 5 pm
- Price: € 19 | duration: 1 h
City Tour on Mozart’s tracksAuf Mozarts Spuren
Walk in the footsteps of Mozart and learn about all important historical backgrounds of the baroque city of Salzburg during our 1.5-hour city tour. Discover unique buildings such as the Salzburg Cathedral, the festival district, St. Peter or the summer residence of Archbishop Markus Sittikus-Hellbrunn Palace, Leopoldskron Palace and Frohnburg Castle, both known from the movie “The Sound of Music”. The highlight of this tour is the entrance to Mozart’s house, where you can enjoy for an hour the history of the Mozart family.
- Departures: 9 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 14 pm, 15 pm,
- Price: € 28 | duration: 2.5 h
Technical VisitSohlstufe Lehen
The Sohlstufe Lehen hydropower plant in the heart of the Salzburg conurbation is characterised by modern architecture and ecological features.
The supporting power plant was built underneath the former riverbed step in Salzburg‘s Lehen district and has been supplying electricity to 23,000 households since 2013.
In the framework of a competition the design by the architects Erich Wagner and Max Rieder found acceptance. The Sohlstufe Lehen power plant with its striking concrete beaks on the weir piers and the powerhouse on the left side of the Salzach lies at the height of the Glanspitz between Lehen/Liefering and Itzling.
The power plant ensures the passability of the Salzach for fish as required by the EU. Sealing walls on the banks of the Salzach and an underground drainage system on the right-hand side of the Salzach ensure that the groundwater rises more slowly in the event of flooding.
On the Glanspitz site, a new local recreation area was created with an accompanying stream, large children‘s playgrounds, meadows and reclining facilities. Pedestrians and cyclists can cross the Salzach over the bridge at the power plant.
Information on the visit
- Meeting point: 09:00 Salzburg Congress
- Max. number of participants: 60
- Duration: 09:00 to 12:00 h
Everything at a glance
- Side Programme - Proposals
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