New business models for VGB utilities

In view of the expansion of renewables and distributed generation, the integration of these systems and the use of storage technologies plays a major role in the energy sector.

Successful minimum load tests in Dadri NTPC power plant (India)

As part of the Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF), the VGB is working together with German and Indian partners to demonstrate the technical feasibility of the flexible operation of Indian coal-fired power plants.

Revision of the VGB/BAW Standard "Corrosion Protection for Offshore Wind Structures" published

The aim of this standard is to ensure that the considerable investments in offshore structures are safeguarded by appropriate corrosion protection systems. In this context, coating systems, for instance, are to protect the steel structures of offshore units from corrosion damage, during their entire service life – which is normally at least 25 years – and without requiring any expensive repair work.

Flexibility Toolbox now available

The Flexibility Toolbox – a study on potential measures enabling flexible operation of coal fired power plants – was formally handed over to Indian partners on 19 April 2018.

Change in the management of VGB PowerTech e.V.

With effect from 1 April 2018, Dr Oliver Then takes over the management of VGB PowerTech as successor to Erland Christensen.

Energy Monitoring 2018: Public consultation launched

In accordance with the Energy Industry Act (EnWG) and the Act against Restraints of Competition (GWB), the Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) and the Bundeskartellamt (BKartA) have the joint task of carrying out monitoring in the electricity and gas sectors. A joint data collection will also be carried out this year for the years 2017/2018.

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.

VGB Technical Services now part of the organisational structure of VGB PowerTech Service GmbH

As of January 1, 2018, the “Technical Services” of the VGB Group are part of the organisational structure of VGB PowerTech Service GmbH.

Network Codes: Impact of the European Guideline on System Operation on Existing and New Generating Units

Since 2009, VGB is working together with EURELECTRIC on the European grid code topics: VGB is in charge of the technical and operational codes and EURELECTRIC of the market codes. Their complementary actions have been recognized by the EC and ACER since both associations got seats when the EC created the grid connection and system operation European Stakeholder Committees (ESC).

VGB’s contribution to the G20/CEM events “System Integration of Variable Renewables – Focus on Supply Side Flexibility”

The challenge of integrating rising shares of variable renewables has become a key focus area of the international energy policy debate, namely in the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) – which launched a campaign on „Advanced Power Plant Flexibility“ at CEM8 in Beijing in June –, in the G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group and in a number of bilateral cooperation.
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