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Newsletter 3/2018

Brand-new Hydropower Fact Sheets launched

Hydropower plays a major role in meeting Europe’s ambitious energy transition goals. In addition to providing a large share of EU renewables (RES) capacity, it complements the increasing share of variable renewables in the European power system. As the EU power sector accelerates its transition, the need for flexibility, firm capacity and the ability to balance variable generation increases – this is where hydropower delivers. As these as well as other capabilities provided by hydropower are often underestimated, Eurelectric and VGB PowerTech have developed hydropower fact sheets including policy recommendations. These fact sheets were launched at a high-level event in the European Parliament in Brussels, hosted by Angelika Mlinar, MEP.

The Fact Sheets are available for download.



  • Flexibility Toolbox now available
  • VGB attended Asia Clean Energy Forum
  • Successful minimum load tests in Dadri NTPC power plant (India)
  • VGB Safety & Health Award 2018: Proposals Welcome
  • PowerJobs: Current vacancies

Member Information

  • Abstracts of Minutes


  • Compliance with new flue gas flow rate standards at power stations - Guidance to operators 

New Publications

  • VGB PowerTech Journal 5 (2018): Nuclear power and nuclear power plant operation
  • VGB PowerTech Journal 6 (2018): Power plant operation, IT-security
  • VGB-S-811-01-2018-01-EN - KKS Identification System for Power Stations - 8th revised edition 2018 now available as eBook!
  • VGB/BAW-Standard Corrosion protection for offshore wind structures, 3rd issue
  • VGB/BAW Standard Offshore Corrosion Protection Part 4 CCP

VGB Events

Call for Papers | Review


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.

In 2017 the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) initiated a study on available technologies for flexible operation of thermal power plants – the Flexibility Toolbox. This study has been compiled by VGB PowerTech and its Indian partner organisation EEC (Excellence Enhancement Centre) jointly with Steag Energy Services GmbH under the auspices of the Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF).

The toolbox intends to support the change of paradigm in the operation of thermal power plants – from base-load to flexible operation. It reflects that this change process requires suitable technologies, skilled people and leadership with foresight. The toolbox includes 40 different flexibility enhancement measures that require a plant retrofit or major technical intervention. The measures are assigned to different plant areas and focus on combustion, water-steam cycle, turbine, I&C system and auxiliary systems.

The toolbox is available for download.

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. The work is supervised by the IGEF task force Flexibility, headed by the Director Operations at NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation), and is supported by the Excellence Enhancement Centre (EEC). Indian task force members are NTPC, the Central Electricity Authority, the network operator POSOCO (Power System Operation Corporation Ltd.) and BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd.). The EEC – VGB’s partner organization in India – also coordinates the project, which is accompanied on the German side by the VGB, by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) as well as by Siemens and Steag Energy Services.

40 percent minimum load achieved during the test runs

In June, a team of experts from EEC, Siemens and VGB carried out test runs in block 6 of the NTPC Dadri power plant jointly with the local operations team. The tests were aimed at demonstrating the operation of the 500 MW block with a minimum load of 40 percent. The team succeeded in doing this – the block could safely be operated for five hours with a load of 200 MW.

VGB attended Asia Clean Energy Forum

More than 1,000 participants met at the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF 2018) focusing on strategies and concepts dealing with decarbonised energy systems. The forum entitled Harnessing innovation to power the future took place in Manila/Philippines from 4-8 June 2018. The conference programme also comprised so-called Deep Dive Workshops (DDW) looking in-depth at certain issues.

In the DDW Grid Integration of Variable Renewable Energy, Dr Claudia Weise from VGB PowerTech reported about the experience made by German utilities with flexible plant operating. A.K. Sinha from NTPC also delivered a paper on the flexibilisation strategies of Indian power plants. Investigations of NTPC reference power plants – jointly carried out by NTPC, VGB and additional partners within the scope of the Indo-German Energy Forum – are also part of these strategies.

Flexible conventional power plants are currently the most important option to make energy systems more flexible, thus enabling the integration of variable renewables. However, storage, grids and demand-side integration were also on the agenda of this ACEF Workshop, which was organised by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), the United States Agency for International Development, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the US Department of Energy. The presentations of the DDW “Grid Integration of Variable Renewable Energy” are ready for download.

VGB Safety & Health Award 2018: Proposals Welcome

The VGB Safety & Health Award has been established to increase the importance of Safety & Health in the power and heat generation sector.

All ordinary members are invited to propose a project with an outstanding safety & health philosophy and implementation. Proposals of suppliers in this way are also highly welcome!

The VGB Safety & Health Award is presented on the occasion of the VGB Congress Power Generation in Transition 2018. Deadline for proposals is August 5, 2018.

PowerJobs: Current vacancies

The VGB Job Market is offering prospective persons the possibility to develop their career in power and heat generation. You can find current vacancies on our homepage.

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Abstracts of Minutes

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Compliance with new flue gas flow rate standards at power stations - Guidance to operators

CCGT stack test location showing platform extension

Stack gas flow rate is required in order to calculate the stack exit velocity and the mass release rate of pollutants, such as NOx, for air dispersion modelling studies, and also for the inventory reporting of total mass emissions. Stack gas flow rate is normally calculated from the fuel consumption or plant output at power stations.

A publicly available report and Excel spreadsheet tool, from VGB Research Project No. 379, now provides important guidance to Operators of power plants regarding

  • the Quality Assurance (QA) applicable to their stack gas flow rate calculations and
  • compliance with EN ISO 16911:2013.

This industry guidance and best practice follows the QA process specified in EN 14181 for Automated Measuring Systems, i.e., Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems, as adapted by EN ISO 16911. EN 14181 specifies three Quality Assurance Levels for plant monitors: QAL1 Certification; QAL2 Calibration and QAL3 Control. An Annual Surveillance Test (AST) is also specified in order to check the QAL2 calibration by means of annual stack testing using an accredited laboratory.

This QA process can be applied to flow calculations as follows: QAL1 Validation (a calculation audit and uncertainty assessment); QAL2 Verification (simultaneously satisfying QAL2 and AST statistical tests) and QAL3 Control (fuel, steam or electricity meter calibration and plant performance checks associated with the calculation inputs). An Excel workbook illustrates how the QAL2 Verification is accomplished and this has been applied to VGB field test results from a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine installation and a coal fired power plant with a ‘wet’ stack. The VGB field test data also indicate that it is possible to use any allowed manual stack test method for these plant types – which were not included in the original CEN validation study - provided that the level of swirl (tangential velocity) in the stack is low. Allowed methods include velocity stack surveys using various types of Pitot tube or vane anemometers and some detailed recommendations are given regarding the calibration checks that are conducted on these instruments. However, tracer gas dilution techniques are also allowed and, since these directly and rapidly determine the volumetric stack gas flow rate, the tracer dilution method has a number of specific advantages for verifying stack flow rate calculations.

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VGB PowerTech Journal 5 (2018): Nuclear power and nuclear power plant operation


Christopher Weßelmann

Nuclear power: Facts and figures 2017

Some topics:

  • While you were sleeping: The unnoticed loss of carbon-free generation in the United States (Chris Vlahoplus, Ed Baker, Sean Lawrie, Paul Quinlan and Benjamin Lozier) Download ...
  • 360 Degree area atlas in the Biblis nuclear power plant (Jürgen Kircher)
  • Legal aspects with regard to IT security for KRITIS energy systems (Stefan Loubichi) Download ...
  • Optimal holistic disposal planning – ­Development of a calculation tool (Johannes Schubert, Anton Philipp Anthofer and Max Schreier)

Issue PT Journal 5/2018

VGB/BAW-Standard Corrosion protection for offshore wind structures, 3rd issue

The 3rd edition of the VGB/BAW Standard S-021 Corrosion Protection of Offshore Structures for the Use of Wind Energy was published for the parts 1-3 in May 2018.

  • Part 1 - General
  • Part 2 - Requirements for corrosion protection systems
  • Part 3 - Application of coating systems

Adjustments were made in the chapters scope and surface preparation for the application of coating systems. The changes are clearly marked by grey bars.

The VGB/BAW Standard S-021 can be downloaded free of charge and is available in English.


VGB/BAW Standard Offshore Corrosion Protection Part 4 CCP

The first issue of the VGB/BAW Standard S-021 Part 4 - Cathodic corrosion protection (CCP) of corrosion protection of offshore structures for the use of wind energy is digitally published (PDF) in German in July 2018. An English issue follows within three month latest. CCP is an essential factor in the stability of offshore structures in contact with water. The entire steel structure must be permanently electrically conductively connected with each other for an effective CCP (ICCP or galvanic anodes). CCP can be used in this area alone or in combination with a suitable coating.

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VGB PowerTech Journal 6 (2018): Power plant operation, IT-security


Christopher Weßelmann

VGB Congress 2018 & IERE Workshop: Power Generation in Transition

Some topics:

  • Flexible operation of power stations requires innovative materials and test methods (Claas Lehmkuhl and Otmar Klag) Download ...
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union – What had to be considered until 25 May 2018 (Stefan Loubichi)
  • 100 CHP plants for Bottrop (Maren Wenzel, Mustafa Flayyih, Manfred Lange, Jörn Benthin, Frank Burmeister and Rolf Albus) Download ...
  • Diesel under pressure: New screw pump for high-pressure applications (Oliver Troßmann and Ralf Richter)

Current Issue

VGB-S-811-01-2018-01-EN - KKS Identification System for Power Stations - 8th revised edition 2018 now available as eBook!

Owing to the national and international standardization process, the KKS Identification System for Power Stations (KKS) is being replaced by the RDS-PP® Reference Designation System for Power Plants based on DIN ISO 81346-10. Thus, RDS-PP® is thus considered to be a generally accepted good engineering practice and can be applied in planning, construction, operation and dismantling of energy supply plants and equipment as a an unambiguous identification system.

Technical progress made over time called for adjustments to the KKS rules. Some examples were added to the KKS guidelines and the KKS keys were updated.

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  • VGB CONGRESS - Generation in Competition
    September 12/13, 2018, Munich-Unterschleissheim, Germany
  • Chemistry in Power Plants with Technical Exhibition
    October 24/25, 2018, Magdeburg, Germany
  • Mercury Control
    December 6/7, 2018, Berlin, Germany
  • Maintenance in Power Plants
    February 19/20, 2019, Potsdam, Germany
  • Thermal Waste Utilization and Fluidized Bed Firing Systems
    March 13/14, 2019, Hamburg, Germany
  • Materials and Quality Assurance
    May 23/24, 2019, Dresden, Germany
  • Gas Turbines and Operation of Gas Turbines
    June 5/6, 2019, Mainz, Germany

Conferences from IEA Clean Coal Centre

  • 12th ECCRIA Conference
    September 5-7, 2018, Cardiff, UK
  • 8th IEA CCC Cofiring biomass with coal workshop
    September 11-13, 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Call for Papers | Review

Call for Papers: Maintenance in Power Plants 2019

This event is addressed to experts of the conventional and nuclear division, to the experts of maintenance in power plants and service companies and to the independent inspectors and deputies of governments, who are engaged in new developments in maintenance, inspection and repair.

The following subjects are scheduled:

  • Subject 1: Current general requirements
  • Subject 2: Quality assurance
  • Subject 3: Techniques, experiences, damages

We are looking forward to receiving your suggestions by 31 August 2018.

Call for Papers: Mercury Control 2019

The BREF-LCP process has been finished last year and the emission ranges (BAT-AEL) have been fixed now. With regard to mercury removal our industry is challenged to meet the new emission limit values, which will become mandatory in the next years. Therefore, it is an urgent need to bring all parties together for an exchange of ideas and experiences regarding the reduction of mercury release into water and air.

We are looking forward to receiving your suggestions by 7 September 2018.

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