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    September 11

    • 17:30 - 21:00 Registration and Joint Get-together with VGB (Welcome reception)

    September 12

    2018 IERE-RWE TI Munich Workshop (Day1)

    • 08:30 - 09:10 Registration
    • 09:10 - 12:30 Opening and Forenoon Sessions
    • 12:30 - 14:00 Break in the exhibition
    • 14:00 - 17:30 Afternoon Sessions
    • Joint Evening Event

      • 18:30 - 23:00 Joint dinner Co-organized by VGB at Hofbräuhaus in Munich

    September 13

    2018 IERE-RWE TI Munich Workshop (Day2)

    • 08:30 - 09:00 Registration
    • 09:00 - 12:45 Forenoon Sessions
    • 12:45 - 14:00 Break in the exhibition
    • 14:00 - 18:00 Afternoon Sessions and Closing Remarks

    September 14

    Joint Technical Visit

    • 9:00 - 13:00 Visiting Sauerlach Geothermal Plant - Stadtwerke München
      Co-organized by VGB
  • Program - IERE Workshop

    Session structure may be subject to change according to the registration of speakers.

    Joint Get-together with VGBSept. 11, 17:30 - 21:00
    • Welcome Reception in the VGB Congress exhibition area
    Plenary SessionSept. 12, 9:10 - 10:00
    Opening Address Dr. Sung Hwan Bae (Vice Chair of IERE, President of KEPCO Research Institute, Korea)
    Welcome Speech Mr. Ingo Birnkraut (CEO & Managing Director, RWE Technology International GmbH, Germany)
    Keynote Speech Prof. Dr. Reinhold Kneer (Head of Chair, Institute of Heat and Mass Transfer, RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
    Technical Session (Day 1)Sept. 12, 10:00 - 17:30
    Session 1
    Theme: Penetration of renewable energies
    The unpredictability of renewable assets that operate only when the wind blows and the sun shines require changes to operational models. More frequent cycling, start/stops, and ramping of assets cause faster equipment wear. In addition, a cleaner, greener and integrated grid requires the solid foundation of a modernized, upgraded and expanded transmission system. This session will focus on the development and integration of various technologies and systems to adapt to changes in strategy and operational models.
    Potential topics include:
    • Flexible generation solutions - technology and operational advancements
    • HRSG design to meet next generation cycling and efficiency requirements
    • Modeling of networks
    • Economic viability of platforms
    • Transmission as enabler - current challenges and innovations in grid technologies
    • Case studies of utility transitions

    Sept. 12, 2018

    Chair person: Dr.-Ing. Christoph Pellinger (FfE, Germany)

    • 10:00 - 10:30 Mr. Axel Meschgbiz (Senior Thermal Engineer, TOE-M / Mechanical Engineering, RWE Technology International GmbH, Germany)
      Fuel Flexibility and Fuel Change in Coal Power Plants
    • 10:30 - 11:00 Dr. Toshiyuki Suda (Manager, Business Development, Resources, Energy & Environment Business Area, IHI Corporation, Japan)
      Technologies to use carbon free ammonia in power plant
    • 11:00 - 11:30 Dr. Felix Cebulla (Corporate Technology, innogy SE, Germany)
      VIBRO-piling A cost-efficient, environmentally friendly method to install offshore wind turbine foundations
    • 11:30 - 12:00 Dr. Yoshinobu Nakao (Senior Research Engineer, Energy Engineering Research Laboratory, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Japan)
      Development of Hybrid Geothermal Power Plants in Japan
    • 12:00 - 12:30 Ms. Johanna Beiron (PhD student, Energy Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
      An assessment of the flexibility of combined heat and power plants in power systems with high shares of intermittent power sources
    Session 2
    Theme: The greener Side of Generation
    There is a growing trend in the power industry to shift away from coal-fuelled generation toward clean power. However the crux of the clean energy debate is that it comes at a price, both fiscal and social. There is a cost to eliminate smog and greenhouse gases by transforming plants to clean coal technologies. This session will focus on technology options, technology selection and grid access issues related to clean power applications and research findings.
    Potential topics include:
    • Biomass-to-energy conversion project examples
    • Biomass conversion - technical options and challenges
    • Smart inverters
    • Carbon capture, storage and utilization (CCUS) - project examples and assessment Studies

    Sept. 12, 2018

    Chair person: Mr. Kyoungil Park (KEPCO Research Institute, Korea)

    • 14:00 - 14:30 Mr. Michael Schütz (Manager, Mechanical Engineering Department, RWE Technology International GmbH, Germany)
      Eemshaven Biomass co-combustion
    • 14:30 - 15:00 Mr. Kyoungil Park (Principal Researcher, Clean Power Generation Laboratory, KEPCO Research Institute, Korea)
      Technology status of biomass power generation in Korea
    • 15:00 - 15:30 Prof. Dr. Emmanouil Kakaras (Senior Vice President Energy Solution, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH, Germany)
      Utilization of CO2 from Waste Incineration Plants for Power-to-Fuel Technology
    • 15:30 - 16:00 Mr. Kyohei Nakamura (Manager, Engineering Dept. Carbon Capture Group, Osaki CoolGen Corporation, Japan)
      Progress of Osaki CoolGen Oxygen-blown IGCC and CO2 Capture Demonstration
    • 16:00 - 16:30 Break in the exhibition
    • 16:30 - 17:00 Mr. Takashi Nojo (Senior Research Engineer, R&D Center, The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc., Japan)
      Advanced KM CDR Process Using New Solvent
    • 17:00 - 17:30 Ms. Sonia Guerra Lemoine (Dirección de Laboratorios, Grupo de Caracterización y Procesamiento de Minerales y Carbones, Servicio Geológico Colombiano, Colombia)
      Study of the occurrence of mercury in coal from Boyacá, Colombia
      [Presentation is cancelled but presentation file is available on IERE website]
    Plenary Session (Day 2)Sept. 13, 9:00 - 9:30
    Keynote Address Dr. Max Voss (Manager of Innovation, Business Development & New Technologies, RWE Generation SE, Germany)
    Technical Session (Day 2)Sept. 13, 9:30 - 15:40
    Session 3
    Theme: Showcasing Innovations for Power Generation
    This session will focus on cases studies, application experiences and research findings within the electricity supply industry in deploying new technologies such as digital solutions, big data applications, internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence and robotics.
    Potential topics include:
    • Energy and Battery Storage - applications in future generation
    • Asset Management - case studies of digital innovations in plant operation and maintenance
    • Big Data - intelligence software and advanced analysis
    • Cyber security - safety check 4.0
    • Smart grid technologies

    Sept. 13, 2018

    Chair person: Dr. Max Voss (RWE Generation SE, Germany)

    • 09:30 - 10:00 Mr. Jan Josef Bernholz (Project Engineer, TOE Engineering, RWE Technology International GmbH, Germany)
      RWE's former, current and possible future energy storage applications
    • 10:00 - 10:30 Mr. Uwe Fuchs (Energy Management Division, Medium Voltage & Systems, Projects & Applications, Siemens AG, Germany)
      Battery Energy Storage Solution - Enhancing the operational flexibility of flexible combined cycle industrial gas turbines
    • 10:30 - 11:15 Break in the exhibition
    • 11:15 - 11:45 Dr. Joji Kawano (Senior Research Associate, Research Department, Japan Electric Power Information Center, Japan)
      Recent trends in the installation of batteries in power generation systems in countries hoping to reduce carbon emissions
    • 11:45 - 12:15 Dr. Christian Bergins (Product Manager, Lead Engineering, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH, Germany)
      Digital solutions for optimization of asset operation and maintenance: MHPS TOMONI® for power plant operators and MHI ENERGY CLOUD® Service for large energy users
    • 12:15 - 12:45 Mr. Xin Shan (Department Manager, R & D Section, NARI Group Corporation, China)
      The Application of Artificial Intelligence in The Field of Power System Dispatching and Control
    Session 4
    Theme: Generating More Efficiently
    Market forces and policies are driving the energy industry to reduce carbon emissions implementing advanced reduction technologies. This session will focus on the latest technology trends and options aiming to reduce emissions, improve efficiency and lower generation costs.
    Potential topics include:
    • Technical, operational and IT aspects of boosting energy efficiency
    • Energy efficiency case studies

    Sept. 13, 2018

    Chair person: Dr. Fumihiko Yoshiba, CRIEPI, Japan

    • 14:00 - 14:30 Dr. Martin Heinen (Senior Process Engineer, TOE Engineering, RWE Technology International GmbH, Germany)
      Efficiency and Energy Transition
    • 14:30 - 15:00 Mr. Kojiro Hemmi (Research Associate, Research Department, Japan Electric Power Information Center, Japan)
      The Future of Thermal Power Plants Under the Expansion of Renewable Energy in Japan
    • 15:00 - 15:45 Break in the exhibition
    • 15:45 - 16:15 Dr. Fumihiko Yoshiba (Senior Research Scientist, Energy Engineering Research Laboratory, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Japan)
      Evaluation of a Contribution of Thermal Power Plant's Flexibility on a Stability of Power System
    • 16:15 - 16:45 Dr. Christian Bergins (Product Manager, Lead Engineering, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH, Germany)
      Improving Performance and Flexibility of Thermal Power Plants Combined with Advanced Digital Technologies
    • 16:45 - 17:15 Dr. Hideyuki Ishigami (General Manager, Thermal Power Business Department, CHUBU Electric Power Co., Inc., Japan)
      Predictive failure analysis by using Invariant analysis technology in power plant
    • 17:15 - 17:45 Dr. Jong-Duk Son (Clean Power Generation Laboratory, KEPCO Research Institute, Korea)
      Development of Abnormality Detection System for Power Plant Facility
    Closing RemarksSept. 13, 17:45 - 18:00
    Mr. Ingo Birnkraut (CEO & Managing Director, RWE Technology International GmbH, Germany)
    Dr. Takao Watanabe (Secretary General, IERE Central Office)
    Who Should Attend?

    The Workshop is intended for experts actively involved in the selected themes, from IERE members, non-members and academia, as well as all those interested in the evolution of the electrical power industry and the technology development and business development opportunities associated to this evolution. IERE will invite prominent speakers for keynote speeches.

  • Program - VGB Congress

    The Joint Event is the collaboration of the annual VGB Congress and IERE Workshop titled with the common theme “Power Generation in Transition”. The international IERE workshop is supported by RWE Technology International GmbH, Essen as local host company. All participants have the opportunity to join the lectures of both events without limitation and to exchange information together in the common break areas and the exhibition areas as well as the joint Get-Together in the exhibition, the Joint Evening Event and the Joint Technical visit.

    Sept. 11

    Get-together in the exhibition starting 18:00 until 21:00

    The VGB PowerTech and the exhibitors invite all participants to a get-together. Catering will be arranged.
    Use the opportunity to intensify your contacts and to have interesting conversations.

    Sept. 12

    Opening of the congress

    Plenary session
    Theme: The European Development Towards CO2 Neutrality
    Chair: Sonja van Renssen, ep energy post, Belgium.

    Sept. 13

    Technical Session

    • Section A: Sector coupling and power plant optimisation
    • Section C: Storage - experiences & potentials
    • Section B: Progress through digitalisation - productivity/economy
    • Section D: Gas to power technology and Combined heat & power
    • Section E: Short Presentation with Discussion

    For more information, visit VGB CONGRESS website shown below and download program.

  • Joint Evening Event

    Welcome Evening with VGB -Dinner at Hofbräuhaus in Munich-
    Sept. 12 18:30 - 23:00
    • 18:30 Departure at Infinity Hotel
    • 19:15 Arrival at Munich old town
      Ensuing guided walk to the Hofbräuhaus approx. 10 minutes
    • 19:30 Start
    • 23:00 End
    • The number of participants is limited.
    • IERE members are requested to make registration and finish payment by July 31.
    • For non-IERE members (include Academia), please register by June 31 Sept. 3 with Workshop registration.
    • A shuttle service will be available as of 22:00.
    • A detailed schedule will be available later.


    Munich, beer and the Hofbräuhaus - they've all belonged together for the past 400 years. Since the early 19th century,the famous beer cellar at the heart of the city has been a magnet for the people of Munich and travellers from every corner of the globe. Its delicious beer, traditional specialities, legendary "Gemütlichkeit" and fascinating history have made the Hofbräuhaus into the most famous beer cellar in the world. On September 27, 1589, Duke Wilhelm V founded a brewery on the site of the Munich royal residence of that time. This first Hofbräuhaus lasted till the year 1808 and was only a few steps away from today’s one. Maximilian I built his ducal Weissbier brewery in 1607, thus laying the historical foundations of today's Hofbräuhaus.
    Half the daily visitors are regulars. And one of them is actually an angel - if the old legend about the "Münchner im Himmel" is to be believed: Alois Hingerl, the main figure in the story, was a regular at the Hofbräuhaus all his life. When he died and arrived in heaven he irritated a lot of people there by being so homesick for Munich. He moaned so much that eventually God decided to have mercy on him, and sent him back to his old home on a mission for the Bavarian government. But the moment angel Aloisius smelt the air of Munich again, he forgot all about his divine mission and flew straight off to the Hofbräuhaus. There he finally found peace of mind, and has been enjoying one beer after the other ever since. And to this day, so ends the tale, the Bavarian government has been waiting in vain for divine inspiration.

  • Joint Technical Visit [Closed]

    Visiting Sauerlach Geothermal Plant - Stadtwerke MünchenSept. 14 (Fri)
    • [Subscription was closed as it reached capacity]
    • 09:00 Meeting point Infinity Hotel (Bus transfer, 1 h)
    • 10:00 Start technical visit
      Sauerlach Geothermal Plant, Energiestraße (Duration: about 2 h)
    • 12:00 Return
    • 13:00 Arrival Infinity Hotel
    • Participants: 40 maximum. Please register as early as possible.
    • IERE members are requested to make registration and finish payment by July 31. [Closed]
    • For non-IERE members (include Academia), please register by June 31 with Workshop registration.

    Sauerlach Geothermal Plant - Stadtwerke München

    A geothermal energy source is hot thermal water drawn out of easily permeable limestone layers in what is known as the Malm aquifer, a geological stratum found in wide parts of the region. Munich is located right on top of a huge reservoir of natural energy source: hot-water accumulations with temperatures ranging from 80℃ to 100℃ are located below the surface of the earth at a depth of 2,000 metres (northern city limits) to 3,000 metres (southern city limits). The heat from these geothermal sources is ideally suited for use in heating . This involves pumping the hot water to the surface and channelling it through heat exchangers where its energy is extracted. The cooled water is then fed back into the deep -lying reservoir. The geothermal power cycle thus does not impact on the ecosystem.
    In Sauerlach, the thermal water temperature is much higher than in Munich - more than 140 °C at a depth of about 4,200 metres. As a result, the thermal water can also be used for electricity generation, not just for heating purposes. The Sauerlach geothermal combined-heat-and-power plant delivers electricity to 16,000 households while simultaneously providing heating for Sauerlach households.

    Technical data of the Sauerlach plant

    • Well depth (borehole depth):
      Th1: 4,757 m
      Th2: 5,060 m
      Th3: 5,567 m
    • Thermal water temperature: approx.
    • Thermal water flow rate: approx.
      110 litres/second
    • Electricity output:
      approx. 5 megawatts
    • Annual electricity output:
      approx. 40 million kWh
    • Maximum heat extraction for supply to Sauerlach:
      4 megawatts
      4 million kWh per annum

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