Power plant technology

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As a power plant technology which is used technique for energy conversion , to the power generation and power transmission of a power plant referred to. The techniques used (. E.g., more or less differ significantly depending on the type turbine - generator in thermal power stations ).

What all power plants have in common is that they use an energy source , the energy of which is converted into an electrical current through mechanical , thermal, chemical or electrical transformation that can be used by electrical consumers in industry or private households.

Basic principles for the design of power plant technology

  • Low electricity generation costs (Cent / kWh)
  • Good environmental compatibility
  • High availability of the power plant
  • High availability of the energy resource
  • Long service life
  • Network-dependent operating modes (high power gradients )

Sub-areas of power plant technology

  • Pressure vessel and boiler construction
  • Nuclear technology
  • Fluid dynamics / thermodynamics (pipelines, steam generators )
  • Control technology (control and measurement technology, control room technology)
  • Monitoring devices (exhaust gas, radiation, SÜS , KÜS, LÜS )
  • electrical machines (generator, electric motors, transformers )
  • Turbo set (steam, gas and water turbines )
  • Electronic data processing (process computer)
  • Hoists and conveyors
  • Chemical monitoring of the process media (feed and cooling water)


  • Wilfried Knies, Klaus Schierack: Electrical systems engineering - power plants, networks, switchgear, protective devices. Hanser, Munich / Vienna, ISBN 3-446-15712-3 .
  • Rene Flosdorff, Günther Hilgarth: Electrical energy distribution. Teubner, Stuttgart 1982, ISBN 3-519-36411-5 .