Inspection, Maintenance and Refurbishment of Hydropower Plants

2019-11-29
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Messezentrum Salzburg
Am Messezentrum 1, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
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250,00 € - 400,00 €
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Innovative approaches to the operations and maintenance (O&M) of hydropower facilities are needed to ensure optimal performance. Poor operations and maintenance through a lack of investment, inadequate training or outdated approaches, can cause high outage rates, performance losses and increased operating costs. This can lead to lost energy production, reduced revenues and in some cases result in safety and environmental concerns.

Choosing whether to maintain or upgrade hydropower plant components can be difficult. Poor original equipment reliability can force changes, but often a detailed cost-benefit analysis is needed to make decisions. Understanding how others have tackled this process can help ensure success at your plant. Risk-based approaches allow an efficient prioritization based on highest risk, cost reduction and fast risk identification.

The VGB expert workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of maintaining hydropower assets and aims at transferring knowledge in order to benefit from innovative and newly developed approaches and technologies. This workshop will mainly highlight the following topics:

  • Innovative technical aspects about generators and lifetime extensions
  • Application of measuring and testing instruments
  • Experiences with the application of test standards and monitoring systems

You will learn from experts of leading manufacturer companies about their newest developments and opportunities for the maintaining of your hydropower fleet. This may help you in decision-making and in finding O&M strategy solutions in your company.

There will be enough time for detailed discussions and for answering questions.

  • Programme
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    (Subject to revision)
    Conference Language: English

    Last update: 18 September 2019

    Friday, 29 November 2019
    09:00 Welcome and opening of the workshop
    Dr M. Bachhiesl, VGB PowerTech e.V.
    09:10 Keynote Speech: Current challenges of operators in preventive maintenance
    G. Tscherne, Salzburg AG
    09:30 SESSION 1: Facilitating maintenance
      The rise of grid codes: background, recent developments, implications and consequences
    G. Cavellini, ABB Schweiz Ltd.
      Alternator design criteria for stable mains supply
    D. Huber, Hitzinger Electric Power GmbH
      Integrity management and lifetime extension of components in hydropower plants
    D. Voggenreiter, TÜV Süd Industries Service GmbH
      Panel discussion, Q&A Session
    10:50 Coffee Break
    11:10 SESSION 2: Optimising performance
      Different approaches for generator performance increase – stepwise development of projects
    Dr I. Egger-Konrad, ANDRITZ HYDRO GmbH
      Proactive maintenance the approach to save plant operation
    S. Bolz, HYDAC International GmbH
      Cloud data based maintenance and its benefits for optimising performance of hydropower plants
    P. Reiter, Seamtec GmbH
      Panel discussion, Q&A Session
    12:30 Lunch Break and opportunity to visit the Exhibition
    14:00 SESSION 3: Condition monitoring systems
      Risk assessment of hydroelectric plant components: common sense and digitalization
    L. L. Papetti, Studio Frosio s.r.l.
      Monitoring of oil moisture in turbines
    M. Weber and T. Heil, Bühler Technologies GmbH
      Experiences with vibration based condition monitoring of hydropower plants
    Dr E. Becker and M. Dietl, Prüftechnik Condition Monitoring GmbH
      Buckling visualisation system & Video analysis with artificial intelligence
    B. Windisch, VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH
      Panel discussion, Q&A Session
    15:50 Summary and closing words
    16:00 End of Workshop
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  • Workshop Fee
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    Non-VGB € 400,--
    VGB members € 250,--

    The visit of the exhibition of RENEXPO® INTERHYDRO is included in the price. VGB members receive a discount of 20% on all REECO GmbH conferences and of 10% on an exhibition place.

    It is not possible to accept credit cards or currency at the conference office.

    The attendance fee is free of VAT and includes the list of participants, the conference presentations (after the conference), coffee breaks and beverages as well as lunch.

  • Cooperation with RENEXPO® INTERHYDRO
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    VGB´s Expert Event is embedded within the conference of RENEXPO® INTERHYDRO. For further information about the trade fair, please see “RENEXPO INTERHYDRO”. All about RENEXPO Interhydro conference programme 2019!

    The RENEXPO® INTERHYDRO offers operators, planners, project developers, investors, local communities, energy suppliers as well as political representatives, scientists, research institutions and the industrial sector a unique platform for presentation, knowledge transfer and the exchange of experiences as well as finding new contacts