Welcome to the Oel-Waerme-Institut

OWI provides research services investigating and developing concepts and new technologies for heat and power generation on a basis of fossil and renewable fuels. It aims at developing energy-efficient and environmentally friendly products which are marketable. At the same time, OWI cooperates closely with industrial partners and research institutes and sees itself as an mediator between fundamental and applied research. OWI is a non-profit organisation and an acknowledged institute affiliated to RWTH Aachen University.


Could HVO complement fuels in the domestic heating market? –
Need for research for market launch

21st March 2013 – Due to its chemical-physical characteristics, hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) offers the potential to complement fossil and biogenic fuels in the domestic heating market. From a political point of view, HVO is interesting in respect of climate protection, because it could decrease greenhouse gas emissions. The large scale Production in stand-alone plants as well as the joint hydration of vegetable oil and the heating oil – diesel – fraction in conventional refinery processes (coprocessing) is technically possible and economically interesting. HVO produced in stand-alone plants is already available on the market. However, know-how about both production processes of vegetable oil and the application-specific characteristics of the resulting biogenic fuel must be expanded. … More

Doctoral candidates exchanged ideas -
Common colloquium of OWI and IEC

04th March 2014 – Mid February, the first corporately scientifically colloquium by the OWI “Oel Waerme Institut“ and the institute for energy process engineering and chemical engineering (IEC) at the TU mining academy Freiberg, took place in Herzogenrath. Doctoral candidates in the field of combustion engineering and fuel cell systems of the two institutes presented their works and discussed them with their colleagues. More

Joint research for rational use of energy –
Oel-Waerme-Institut and the University of Hamm-Lippstadt cooperate

9th December 2013 – The University of Hamm-Lippstadt (HSHL) and the Oel-Waerme-Institut (OWI), affiliated institute to RWTH Aachen University, agreed to deepen and to extend their research- and development projects on the basis of a formal cooperation. The complementary skills of HSHL and OWI are supposed to be combined and used in order to carry out joint R&D-projects. Both institutions see great potentials for rational use of energy in the field of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning technology with regard to building services and automotive. … Weiterlesen

Looking for young talents -
OWI informed students and graduates at the “bonding“ recruitment fair“

5th December 2013 – The OWI Oel-Waerme-Institut is constantly looking for future engineers and graduates, who would like to write their final paper or want to connect their career entry with a doctorate. That is why the company, which develops technologies for heat and power production on the basis of liquid energy sources, was present at the “bonding“ recruitment fair on December 4th. Employees of the research institute inform about different entry opportunities for students and entrants, especially from courses of study like chemical engineering/ process engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, aeronautical engineering, space technology, mechanical engineering, mathematics, physics, thermodynamics and power engineering. … Weiterlesen

Service und Infopool


For companies that are interested in a quick overview of the research and development at OWI and want to know what OWI can do for them, this is the right place … more


OWI offers a wide range of training opportunities for students and career opportunities for junior scientists. We are always looking for student assistants; we provide options and topics for writing academic papers and for a PhD on the basis of a scholarship … more

Jobs and Career

OWI is always looking for young talents and experienced employees for the scientific and commercial sector and offers various possibilities for starting a career and different career prospects as well as individual and personal training opportunities … more