TG Power Plants Concepts

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  • Development of reference plant design for new build power plants
  • Development of measures for better part load operation
  • Measures to realize less minimum load
  • Measure for enhancement of start-up time
  • Coupling solar power to conventional power plants
  • Evaluation RES expansion/ CHP expansion
  • Evaluation power plant operation vs. RES integration
  • Reaction of TC to power plant frame work conditions
  • Use of biomass in conventional power plants
  • Development of electrical or other storage systems
  • Assessment of the European emission trade system


  • Advisory service for the planning of new power plants
    • Conventional power plants with pulverized combustion systems (PC plant)
    • Combined cycle power plants with gas turbine and steam turbine (CCPP)
    • Power plants with atmospheric fluidized bed combustion systems (AFBC)
    • Combined cycle power plants with coal gasification (IGCC)

Current Topics

  • R&D projects supported by the Technical Committee:
    • Partner Steam Power Plant
      (Duration: September 2013 - Beginning 2015)
      Within the scope of the R&D project “Partner Steam Power Plant” new power plant concepts shall be developed, which ensure that fluctuating generated electricity from solar and wind energy can be supplied in large quantities and with high stability into the grid. The concepts to be developed are targeted in such a way that they can be used for existing coal-fired power plants. In short term, available lignite-fired or coal-fired power plants have to be converted respectively adapted in such a way, that they are able to take on the tasks of a disposable partner for renewable energy. Besides, retrofitting measures of existing power plants offer the advantage of a short-term conversion. With lower investment costs the planned change within the energy industry could be efficiently implemented.
      The concept "partner steam power plant” shall be tested first of all at the local energy market and after successful conversion at the international markets as well.

      Project partners:
      • VGB PowerTech e.V., Essen/Germany (Project coordinator)
      • EWI at the University of Cologne, Germany
      • DLR - Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Stuttgart/Germany
      • E.ON New Build & Technology GmbH, Gelsenkirchen/Germany
      • Hitachi Power Europe GmbH, Duisburg/Germany
      • LUAT der Universität Duisburg-Essen, Essen/Germany
      • RWE Power AG, Essen/Germany
      • Siemens AG, Mülheim/Germany
      • STEAG GmbH, Essen/Germany
      • Vattenfall Europe Generation AG, Cottbus/Germany
    • Pre-Engineering Study „NRW Power Plant 700 °C” (NRWPP700)
      (Project Number 297)
      The project NRWPP700 has been conceived as a cross-border transnational project. Ten European energy supply companies joined the R&D project to develop a sustainable European concept for generating power on the basis of fossil fuels. In the context of the present pre-engineering study the European energy utilities involved will deter-mine viable technical and economic decision-making principles for power plants with a live steam condition of 700 °C. To determine whether the 700 °C technology offers an economical option for power plants to be built in the future, the PP700 study ex-amines detailed technical and economical possibilities realizing a high-efficiency power plant technology.
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    Here you can find all ongoing and concluded research projects for Power Plants Technologies supported by VGB.