Gas Turbines - Strategies in Times of Renewable Energy

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  • Visit the only international event discussing gas turbines in connection with renewable energies.
  • Meet representatives of key players such as Siemens or General Electric.
  • Obtain strategic insights for your company.
  • Exchange experiences with colleagues and experts and find out what competitors and the industry are working on.
Gas Turbines 2017 - International VDI Conference

The conference "Gas Turbines - Strategies in Times of Renewable Energy" focusses on gas turbines as a transition technology for the change in energy policy on a technical as well as a strategic level. The conference provides a unique platform for energy-providers and network suppliers to engage in cross-exchange and networking.

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Gas turbines as key technology for the change in energy policy

Gas turbines are much more stable in generating energy than renewable energies while simultaneously being cleaner than steam turbines. Thus, they represent the ideal option for the stabilisation of electricity grids in times of energy transition. The "Gas turbines - Strategies in Times of Renewable Energy" conference looks at the specific strategic and technical challenges arising from this new role. Visit the conference to obtain learn about subjects such as:

  • The current and future role of gas turbines for the energy market
  • The optimisation of gas turbines in view of technical flexibility
  • The perspective of network providers
  • Innovations in the turbine technology
  • International best practices
  • The transfer of insights from the aviation industry

In the course of a panel discussion, a comparison is also made between gas engine power plants and Combined Cycle power plants.

Supporting program of the conference

The Workshop "Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for Power Plants" one day prior to the conference provides you with information on the implementation of digital solutions in power plants. By simultaneously booking both conference and workshop, you will receive a reduced combination price. In the context of a joint evening event, you also have the opportunity of extensive networking.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Registration & welcome coffee


Chair´s welcome and opening address

Conference chair:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Prof. Jörg Seume, Head of the Institute of Turbomachinery and Fluid Dynamics, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

I. Markets, Grids and Policy


Current and possible Future Developments in Energy Trading

  • Main developments in European energy trading
  • Current consequences of the (RES) energy transition
  • What future relevant developments could be expected

Jan van Aken, MBA, Secretary General, EFET, The Netherlands


Changes to the Regulatory Framework – The “Clean Energy for All Europeans” Package

  • Clean energy package
  • Proposed changes of the regulatory framework
  • Adaptation to flexible markets
  • Limiting state interventions
  • More cross-border cooperation

Dr. Oliver Koch, Deputy Head of Unit Wholesale Markets, Electricity & Gas,  EU Commission, Belgium


Effects of Carbon Charges in Power Systems with high Wind Power Penetration and a heavy Reliance on natural Gas Generation

  • Overview of technical interactions of wind and gas in power systems
  • Study of historical power market trends in terms of wind and gas interactions
  • Analysis of the possible effects of carbon charges on wholesale electricity prices in a power system heavily reliant on natural gas

Aoife Foley, Ph.D., Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, UK




Challenges in European Electricity Grids through the Energy Transition

  • Increasing need for flexibility
  • Role of network codes/guidelines
  • Ancillary services
  • Further developments on the future electricity market design

Alexander Dusolt, Market Advisor, ENTSO-E AISBL, Belgium


Evolution & Role of Gas Turbines in the Energy Mix today: Towards the Era of Flexibility

  • Enhanced fuel flexibility: Capability of burning higher hydrogen content in fuel
  • Flexible operation for grid stabilization
  • Mobile power units for flex and fast power supply
  • Flexible asset management

Kumar Karamveer Singh, Technology Program Manager, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd., Distributed Generation, Sweden

II. Gas Engines, Gas Turbines and Combined Cycle Power Plants


Industrial Gas Turbines for clean and flexible Power

  • Part load operation
  • Digital services such as life monitoring
  • Fuel flexibility (power to gas)

Dr.-Ing. Sven-Hendrik Wiers, Vice President Gas Turbines

Co-authors:  Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Orth, Head of Gas Turbine R&D and Dr. Detlef Viereck, Product Management Gas Turbine, all: MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, Germany


Networking & coffee break


Combined Heat and Power Plant in Kiel

  • Project introduction (need for a new plant)
  • Special challenges of the Project
  • Requirements of a modern CHP plant

Andreas Halberschmidt, Graduate Engineer, Commercial Project Manager, Stadtwerke Kiel AG, Germany


Advancements in H Class Gas Turbine combined Cycle Power Plants

  • HA gas turbine portfolio and multi-generation product plan
  • HA gas turbine validation Milestones
  • HA commercial status and overview of projects in execution
  • Focus on EDF Bouchain 9HA combined cycle plant – First HA machine in commercial operation – Reached world record combined cycle Efficiency
  • Next steps – Path to reach combined cycle efficiency > 65%

Laurent Cornu, M.Sc., 9HA.01 Product Line Manager, General Electric, France


Panel Discussion: Gas Turbines in CCGT Plants

Chair: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Seume, Leibniz Universität Hannover

Dr.-Ing. Sven Hendrik Wiers, MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, Germany
Andreas Halberschmidt, Stadtwerke Kiel AG, Germany
Laurent Cornu, M.Sc., General Electric, France


End of conference day one


At the end of the first conference day we kindly invite you to use the relaxed and informal atmosphere for in-depth conversations with other participants and speakers.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

III. Technical Solutions


Gas Turbines for a Renewable World

  • Key gas turbine economic and technical drivers in a renewable market place
  • Operational flexibility technologies and example implementation
  • Fuel flexibility technologies and example implementation
  • Gas Turbine performance and maintenance enhancement of existing Equipment

Peter Stuttaford, Ph.D., Director Product Engineering, PSM – Ansaldo Energia
Group LLC., USA


Innovations in small Scale Gas Turbines

  • Introduction to the IRG2 – Gas Turbine process and the technical view
  • Comparison towards the existing Technologies
  • Future possibilities

Matti Malkamäki, M.Sc., Managing Director, co-author: Toni Hartikainen, R&D Manager, both: Aurelia Turbines Oy, Finland


Enhancement of Fuel Flexibility of industrial Gas Turbines by Development of innovative Combustion Systems

  • Renewable energy
  • Development of new combustion chamber for hydrogen combustion
  • Dry low NOx (DLN) mirco-mix combustion principle

Dr.-Ing. Nurettin Tekin, Project Manager, co-author: Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Shahrad Adjili, Sales Engineer, both: Kawasaki Gas Turbine Europe GmbH, Germany


Networking & coffee break


The Pathway Forward for Gas Turbines in a Decarbonized Europe

  • Changes in energy policy in Europe
  • Challenges in operating gas-fired power plants profitably
  • Best suitable types of gas-fired power plants to cover the transition period
  • Carbon lock-in discussion
  • Power-to-gas-to-power-Approach

Dr.-Ing. Michael Ladwig, President of EUTurbines, Director Scientific Collaboration Europe, GE Power, Switzerland

IV. Case Studies


Gas Turbines in a sustainable Energy System: Improvement of flexible Operation

  • Increase of renewable power requires increased flexibility from gas turbine installations
  • Gas turbine based installations, both combined heat and power and combined cycles well equipped for flexibility
  • Flexibility can be further improved by smart part load schemes. Examples for combined heat and power installations will be given.

Prof. Sikke Klein, Professor Gas Turbines, Mechanical Engineering (3ME), TU Delft, The Netherlands




The excellent Capabilities of Gas Turbine Cogeneration Plants to balance fluctuating Power Production from Renewables

  • Description of the power market Situation
  • Technical possibilities of gas turbine cogeneration plants
  • Balancing solutions and reference cases

Norbert Hönings, Director Solution Design & Business Development, E.ON Energy Projects GmbH, Germany


Energy Transition and Gas Turbines in Finland

  • Energy transition in Finland
  • Role of gas turbines in transition
  • Requirements for gas turbines from Finland’s perspective

Aki Grönman, Dr.Sc.Tech. Associate Professor, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland


Biofuels for Aviation, the first Step on the Path to make Gas Turbines greener

  • Is there a long term future for gas turbines running on fossil fuels?
  • Why gas turbines aviation fuels?
  • Processes to produce gas turbine fuels from biomass
  • Current Status



Conference chair´s closing remarks


End of conference

Who should attend?

The conference is aimed at both strategists and technicians in the gas turbine sector. It also addresses:

  • International Experts
  • Business Development Managers
  • Research Analysts
  • Project Engineers
  • CCGT Managers

Head of the conference: Prof. Dr. Jörg Seume

Prof. Dr. Jörg Seume is a renowned expert and Professor for Fluid Dynamic Machines and Fluid Mechanics at the Hanover University.

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Would you like to exchange opinions on the current and future position of gas turbines in times of energy transition among a circle of colleagues and experts? Would you like to discuss the specific technological challenges for gas turbines as a transition technology? Register now for the "Gas Turbines - Strategies in Times of Renewable Energy" conference. Benefit from the combined booking discount when booking both conference and the workshop "Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for Power Plants".

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