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VGB PowerTech presents its new homepage on the internet. The redesign of provides a dynamical design with visual elements, increased options for news and a clearly separated presentation of up-to-date VGB events.

The start of a flexibility study in India: VGB team visits two NTPC power plants

At the beginning of March a VGB team visited the power plants Dadri and Simhadri, which are owned and operated by India's largest energy provider NTPC, thus enabling it to gather comprehensive information about plant operation. This visit marks the start of a technical study about the flexibility potential of thermal power plants in India. This study is part of a Flexibility Roadmap, which has been developed under the auspices of the Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) and the support of the Excellence Enhancement Centre (EEC).

EURELECTRIC and VGB announce strengthened cooperation on hydropower representation in Brussels

EURELECTRIC and VGB PowerTech have announced today that they will strengthen their cooperation in the field of hydropower generation at the European level. The comprehensive expertise of the two associations will provide the basis to ensure proper representation of hydropower at the European level, with EURELECTRIC focussing on the political advocacy and VGB providing technical analysis and research.

VGB/BAW-Standard Corrosion protection for offshore wind structures and wind park components published in English

The growing number of wind turbines in Europe and the world raise new challenges to operators. To reduce the cost of installation and operation and to increase operating reliability, a coordinated and joint analysis of operating experience is an absolute necessity. Apart from exchanging information and experience, the participating companies mainly strive to promote standardisation (best practice).

A VGB team speaks in New Delhi about its experiences with making thermal power plants more flexible

India has set itself ambitious goals for the expansion of renewable energies: Its installed capacity should increase to 175 GW by 2022. Currently, India's energy mix is still heavily reliant on fossil fuels – with the share of fossil fuels accounting for almost 70 per cent of the current installed capacity of 309 GW. It is against this backdrop that intensive discussions about strategies and concepts for efficiently shaping an energy transition are getting underway in India as well. All parties involved agree that flexible thermal power plants should play a key role in this development.

New emission limits in India – VGB team reports about its experiences at workshops in Kolkata, Raipur and Hyderabad

Under the motto "Implementation of New Environment Norms for Thermal Power Generation – Learning from German Experiences", the Excellence Enhancement Centre (EEC) organised workshops at three locations in India – Kolkata, Raipur and Hyderabad – over the period November 15 – 19, 2016. Representatives of Doosan Lentjes, Hamon, Steinmüller Babcock Environment, Steag Energy Services, Uniper and VGB reported about their experiences in retrofitting and operating flue gas cleaning equipment in coal-fired power plants.

China visited VGB - exchange on flexibility of coal-fired power plants

In China, the grid integration of renewable energy is a major challenge. In 2015, more than 33 TWh wind power were taken offline. With the provision of balancing energy, coal-fired power plants are playing a central role mainly in Northern China as there are hardly any hydropower plants in that part of the country. Against this background, representatives of the Chinese energy industry went on a study trip to Germany in order to familiarize themselves with the local experience with the flexibility of coal-fired power plants.

Scientific Advisory Board of the VGB: Pumped-storage hydro power plants are essential to enable integration of renewables into the European electricity system

The internationally lined-up Scientific Advisory Board of VGB PowerTech therefore examined the extraordinary technical and ecological potential of PSP. They noticed that PSPs are a reliable, efficient and highly flexible technology for storing large amounts of electricity for several hours on the one hand and for a longer time in the Alps and Scandinavia on the other hand.

Flexible thermal power plants – An Indian delegation study tour supported by VGB

A high-ranking delegation of representatives from India's Ministry of Energy, the Central Electricity Authority as well as different companies and institutions visited Germany from September 18 to 25, 2016. The participants were interested in learning about German experiences with adapting power plants to the fluctuating input of renewable energies. The VGB, together with its Indian partner organization EEC (Excellence Enhancement Centre), played a prominent role in organizing the program of the study tour, which was initiated by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy under the auspices of the Indo-German Energy Forum.

VGB information: Administrative Provisions – Technical Building Rules (VV-TB) and Requirements on Constructions (ABuG) - what will change on October 16, 2016?

The CJEU judgement of 16 October 2014 against Germany regarding additional technical requirements for products according harmonised European products standard cause changes in the German building regulations.
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