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VGB PowerTech e.V. (Coordinator)

VGB is the technical association of energy plant operators. It is located in Essen, Germany. Our 440 members from 34 countries are companies that operate worldwide facilities for the generation of power, heat and cooling as well as for energy storage and sector coupling. Our members represent an electricity generation capacity of 301,000 MW. VGB combines expertise and services in the fields of technology, operation, environmental protection and climate protection as well as operation and maintenance management for all types of power generation.

As an international association, VGB works, on European level, in close co-operation with EURELECTRIC (the association of the European electricity industry). Furthermore VGB also cooperates with a wide international network including EUROCOAL (European Association for Coal and Lignite), IEA (International Energy Association) and WEC (World Energy Council). Concerning the utilization und use of combustion products from coal-fired power plants, VGB runs the management for ECOBA (European Coal Combustion Products Association).

VGB has an excellent network of over 1.700 experts and also has experience in the coordination of big R&D-projects like “COMTES700” (Component Test Facility for a 700 °C Power Plant) or “ENCIO” (European Network of Component Integration and Optimisation). In addition to that VGB initiated a new Technical Committee “Future Energy System” (Kick-off in May 2019), where topics like storage, sector coupling, Power to X, etc. are dealt with. Therefore VGB is best suited to contribute to this project.

GŁÓWNY INSTYTUT GÓRNICTWA (GIG)

The Central Mining Institute of Katowice (GIG), was created in 1945 as a scientific and development organisation, subordinated to the Ministry of Economy, working for the benefit of the coal mining industry and also for enterprises representing different branches. GIG employs over 500 people. Its activities comprise: mining and geoengineering, geology and hydrogeology, geophysical engineering, industrial safety, environmental engineering, surface and structures protection in mining areas, minerals, sustainable energy technologies, social and economic issues, etc. The Central Mining Institute is mainly involved in activities on the implementation of the principles of sustainable development in the field of energy technologies and the use of renewable energy sources, especially those in the area of Clean Coal Technologies (CCT). The basis of GIG’s activities are modern management methods, scientific potential as well as qualifications of employees – highly qualified staff consisting of professors, persons with a post-doctoral degree, doctors and engineers, all practitioners. GIG has extensive experience of acting, in 30 projects an annual average, as partner and coordinator of the European projects founding from FP, RFCS, ECSC, Central Europe and others. 

Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH)

The Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece (CERTH) – is the largest research centre in Northern Greece. The mission of CERTH is to carry out fundamental and applied research with emphasis on development of novel products and services of industrial, economic and social importance in the fields of Chemical and Biochemical Processes and Advanced Functional Material, Environmental Friendly Technologies for Solid Fuels and Alternative Energy Sources. CERTH has participated successfully in more than 1.000 competitive research projects financed by the European Union (EU), leading worldwide industries and the Greek Government via the General Secretariat of Research and Technology (GSRT).

EDF

EDF is the major utility in France and one of the biggest in Europe. EDF’s thermal fleet delivers about 20% of the system services needed in the French power system. In the rest of the world, 60 of its power plants are spread across 10 countries. EDF’s continuous efforts to improve its facilities’ energy efficiency are supported by engineering units.

These units offer a proven expertise in design, construction, maintenance and deconstruction. Their added value by optimised maintenance, increased efficiency and a comprehensive e-monitoring linked to asset management of thermal power plants makes them a key player within the EDF group.

EDF’s engineering units are also in charge of all types of fuel and throughout the whole life cycle of a plant. Their projects in France and abroad keep them up to date with the state of the art and the developments of the world of power generation.

Working Parties

CEZ Group

CEZ Group is an established, integrated electricity conglomerate with operations in a number of countries in Central and Southeastern Europe, headquartered in the Czech Republic. Its principal businesses encompass generation, trading, and distribution of power and heat, as well as coal mining. The power plants produce nearly 60 thousand GWh a year with various portfolio of technologies including among others the renewables to supply power and heat to customers. 

One of the biggest challenges of the next decade is decarbonisation of the portfolio by decommissioning of the coal units and increasing share of renewables. This energy transition shall be achieved by prudent asset management principles in order to bring best usage of the existing infrastructure of coal assets into the transition including skilled staff and bright engineering ideas.

LEAG

LEAG operates lignite power plants with a capacity of around 8.000 MW at five different sites. LEAG is owned by EPH (Energetický a Průmyslový Holding) and PPF Investments (Czech Republic) each 50 % and operates lignite power plants at 4 sites with an installed capacity of around 8.1 GW in the Lausitz area and in middle Germany. It has around 8,000 employees and a turnover of 1.3 bn. Euro/a. The production of electricity is in average 55 TWh/a. The consumption of lignite around 61 Mt/a. These amounts are correspond to 10 % of the electricity demand in Germany. LEAG is very engaged in different R&D projects to improve the flexibility of the existing power plants und to reduce the CO2 footprint. In the past the company was involved in many CCS projects in the COORETEC framework, which were funded by the BMWi. Actual LEAG is under construction of a big Battery project with 50 MW power and a capacity of 53 MWh. LEAG is involved in current R&D projects to investigate different energy storage technologies (FLEXI-TES, Kryolens), which are funded by the BMWi. In addition there are some internal activities and studies to the PtX technologies. LEAG was elected with a project proposal in the “Reallabor” framework for a storage power plant based on hydrogen.

Polish Power Plant Association

Polish Power Plant Association was formed in the year 1990 as a society acting in area of electrical energy generation. At present Society incorporates 131 persons as ordinary members, with great managing or professional experience; 13 system power plants as supporting members, with total installed capacity exceeding 71%of National Electrical Power System. Main objectives ot Society are: assurance of rational utilization of existing generating potential of power plants, cooperation with power industry to initiate technical progress in electrical power sector, implementation of modern principles of economic and technical analyses into economic policy. Initiation of master studies, preparation of analyses of organizational changes and development of national electrical power sector with particular consideration of electrical power generation sector, participation in formulation of legal regulations concerning electrical power sector, presentation of system power plan ts position towards central authorities of the country, power plant technical and economical personnel training and promotion, cooperation with power plants, economic organizations and central offices in field of environmental protection.

TAURON Wytwarzanie S.A.

TAURON Wytwarzanie S.A. is the third largest electrical energy generator in Poland which is part of the holding TAURON Polska Energia S.A. TAURON Wytwarzanie was established as a result of including Stalowa Wola Power Plant in the structure of the Southern Power Concern. The company’s business is the production, transmission and distribution of electricity as well as heat production and distribution. Company is dealing with electricity generation from conventional sources and biomas co-firing, TAURON Wytwarzanie has 5 branches, i.e. 1) Jaworzno III Power Plant in Jaworzno: Installed electrical power: 1 535.00 MWe, Maximum output thermal capacity: 371.60 MWt, 2) Łaziska Power Plant in Łaziska Górne, Installed electrical power: 1 155.00 MWe

Maximum output thermal capacity: 196.00 MWt, 3) Łagisza power plant in Będzin: Installed electrical power: 820.00 MWe, Maximum output thermal capacity: 279.2 MWt, 4) Siersza Power Station in Trzebinia: Installed electrical power: 666.00 MWe, Maximum output thermal capacity: 36.50 MWt, Stalowa Wola Power Plant in Stalowa Wola: Installed electrical power: 330.00 MWe, Maximum output thermal capacity: 335 MWt.

VERBUND Thermal Power GmbH&CoKG (VTP)

VERBUND Thermal Power GmbH&CoKG (VTP), is a 100% subsidiary from VERBUND AG, Austria’s leading utility. More than 95% of the electricity supplied by VERBUND AG is generated by climate-friendly, renewable hydropower, supplemented with thermal and wind power.

VTP makes a significant contribution to assure the power supply in Austria, as thermal power plants operate independent of weather or season, and to compensate any fluctuations occurring in renewable electricity generation. VTP has roughly 150 employees, an installed electrical net capacity of 1,064 MWel and additional 720 MWth district heat net capacity.

The strong cooperation, as well as cooperation through sectors, provide the foundation of effective as well as safe designed and erected, ecologically and economically operated and safe managed plant sites.

Therefore VTP can provide clear structured teams with highly skilled employees in engineering, erection and procurement as well as operation and maintenance of thermal power plants.

Due to the massive distortions in the European electricity market creating sector-wide pressure on profitability, particularly in the thermal area, VTP has already closed the oil-fired district heating power plant Neudorf/Werndorf II (152 MWel, 190 MWth) in 2014, the Dürnrohr hard coal power plant (387 MWel) in 2015 and stopped coal firing in the hard coal power plant Mellach (226 MWel, 230 MWth) in 2020.

RWE Power AG (RWEP)

RWE Power AG (RWEP) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of RWE AG, Germany’s largest power producer. About 11,000 employees are working in lignite open cast mines, power plants, upgrading facilities and administration. The company contributes with its power production capacity of about 14 GW based on lignite, nuclear and hydro power to the broad energy mix of the RWE group with renewable energies and naturals gas. RWE Power has a broad experience in planning, construction and operation of Power production and conversion systems. This refers to new build as well as to rebuild and retrofitting of existing sites.

In the Rhenish lignite area, RWE Power today has an installed capacity of about 10 GW of lignite fired power plant capacity, of which 1,5 GW already are kept in a standby mode until 2022. In addition, already about 2 GW of capacity have been decommissioned over the last years. It has already been decided by the company, to decommission another 1,8 GW until 2030. If the recommendations of the commission for growth, structural change and employment (Kommission für Wachstum, Strukturwandel und Beschäftigung) are put into legislation, there will be even more capacity to be decommissioned over the next 10 years. This reduction in lignite power plant capacity will lead to severe effects on the open cast mining system and the abandoned power plant sites. Since the determination of which sites and power plants will be decommissioned is subject to negotiations between the national government and RWE, at the current moment it cannot be told which sites are affected.

Uniper SE

Uniper is a global energy company that generates, trades, and markets energy on a large scale. It also procure, store, transport, and supply commodities such as natural gas, LNG, and coal as well as energy-related products. Uniper does provide both technical and commercial expertise at the same time and is looking for innovative solutions and believe in the advantages offered by digitalization. We offer tailor-made energy solutions and free our customers from having to worry about the complex energy issues they face.

With about 34 GW of installed generation capacity Uniper is among the largest global power generators. The power plants produce more than just electricity, they also generate steam and compressed air for industry and heat for thousands of households. In Russia, our power plants provide about five percent of the country’s total energy needs.

Uniper’s hard coal assets are located in the Netherlands (Maasvlakte, 1.100 MW), the UK (Ratcliffe, 2.000 MW) and Germany (Scholven, Datteln, Wilhelmshaven, Heyden, Staudinger – roughly 4 GW) as well as the lignite station Schkopau (Germany) in partnership with an EPH subsidiary (900 MW).

Uniper has been actively pursuing the development of site beyond current generation in the “masterplan” program which is applied to coal assets, but also other generation types like natural gas / CCGT sites. In this context also ideas of co-siting of other industries as well as conversion of assets to other uses like grid services have been successfully applied to secure jobs and value creation. Examples are the conversion of the generation of Maasvlakte 2 asset into a synchronous condenser providing the TSO with reactive power or the investment in a CHP in Scholven site to replace the coal based electricity and steam supply to chemical customers.

RWE Generation SE (RWEG)

RWE Generation SE (RWEG) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of RWE AG, Germany’s largest power producer. About 2,700 employees are working in power plants and administration.

RWE Generation SE generates power from gas, hard coal, hydroelectric, and biomass. Under one umbrella, this company brings together the expertise of employees in Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and Turkey. Overall, RWEG operates power plants with a total capacity of around 25 gigawatts. With their secure and flexible output, the plants contribute towards ensuring secure and reliable supply in the European power grid as the share of naturally volatile renewable energy increases.

In Germany  are on two sites (Ibbenbüren, Westfalen) two hard coal blocks  with 1.6 GW in operation. Already 2 GW of hard coal capacity on two sites (Voerde, Gersteinwerk)have been decommissioned over the last years. If the recommendations of the commission for growth, structural change and employment (Kommission für Wachstum, Strukturwandel und Beschäftigung) are put into legislation, there will be even more capacity to be decommissioned over the next 10 years.

Montanuniversitaet Leoben (unileoben)

Montanuniversitaet Leoben (unileoben) is well-known as one of the best technical Universities in Austria undertaking high-quality research focused along the “added value chain”, from the extraction of raw materials and their preparation, material & product development, production processes, manufacturing, building components/plants up to recycling and deposition. The different research areas of Montanuniversität Leoben embrace R&D for SMEs and for industry as well as for public institutions. Additionally Montanuniversität Leoben participates in setting-up of national competence centres, CD laboratories, research studios as well as takes part in a high number of national, European and international research projects.

The chair of Energy Network Technology at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben hast vast references in the research field of complex energy systems. Most of the reference projects are dealing with research on future public energy supply concepts, with research on industrial energy-systems or with the connection of both. On the one hand, experience exists in the investigation and evaluation of different potentials for efficient energy supply and -use. For this purpose, we use an innovative cell-based model. On the other hand, we build-up know-how about dynamic grid calculation and storage design in all grid-based energy-carriers. In the context to this project, our following fields of expertise are relevant:

  • Optimization of public grid-based energy-supply systems
  • Implementation of novel technologies and storages into the grids
  • Optimization of using renewable energy in combination of storages and novel technologies.