• A fuel filter installed between the fuel oil tank and the oil heater, with pipes for the inlet and outlet.
  • Analysis of fuel samples in the OWI laboratory. Photo: OWI
  • Evaporator fleece for Tests with alternative fuels.

Welcome to the OWI gGmbH

The OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH is an independent and non-profit research institution. In cooperation with partners from industry and research, OWI researches and develops concepts and technologies in the fields of energy-efficient use of liquid conventional and alternative fuels and innovative efficiency technologies. The aim is to develop technically mature, low-greenhouse gas and low-emission solutions for the heat generation and mobility of tomorrow. OWI is a non-profit and recognized “Affiliated Institute to the RWTH Aachen University”.

News

Paraffinic fuels in oil heating systems

22. September 2021|

In a current project, OWI Science4Fuels gGmbH and the Institute of Plastics Processing are investigating the compatibility of paraffinic fuels with plastics commonly used for tanks and fuel-carrying fittings of oil heating systems. In particular, the focus is on the effect in existing consumption plants for heating oil. The interaction with the tank materials polyethylene (PE) and polyamide (PA), with protective film made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), with seals made of elastomers and with other polymers used in fittings is investigated.

Low-GHG Diesel Fuels

9. July 2021|

Climate protection with new low greenhouse gas diesel fuels is technically possible. Currently, paraffinic fuels such as hydrogenated vegetable and bio-oils as well as products from the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis are the most suitable diesel substitutes. Since fuels in Germany must consist of at least 70% mineral oil according to the current version of the Federal Immission Control Act, the use of pure kerosenes paraffines as low-GHG diesel fuels is not yet possible.

Video about fuel research at OWI

7. July 2021|

In a video about fuel research at OWI Science4Fuels, Karin Brendel, Sebastian Feldhoff and Wilfried Plum explain what properties new climate-friendly fuels must have before they can be sold at gas stations. Don't worry: Even those who didn't pay attention in chemistry class can easily follow this video about applied research for new climate-friendly fuels.

Low-greenhouse gas fuels in the application test

19. February 2021|

Many owners of new and older oil-fired heating systems would like to heat in a climate-friendly way. In a current research project, OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH and the Chair of Analytical Chemistry at the Institute of Chemistry at the University of Rostock are investigating what proportions of new low-greenhouse gas alternative fuels can be safely added to older heating systems.

Preventive maintenance of industrial furnaces

11. January 2021|

In the future the preventive maintenance of metallic furnace components in industrial furnaces can reduce production losses and lower operating costs. OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH, the Department for Industrial Furnaces and Heat Engineering (IOB) at RWTH Aachen University and the Institute for Materials Science (IfW) at Darmstadt University of Technology intend to contribute to this target in a current research project.

Congress “Fuels of the Future“

4. January 2021|

Sustainable mobility with greenhouse gas-reduced fuels in road transport and shipping are two topics on which speakers from OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH will present their research at the "Fuels of the Future 2021" congress from January 18 to 22, 2021.

Offers for Students

  • Papers, Theses
  • Student Assistants

More

Activity Report

With the activity report OWI takes stock of its business activities. Important aspects of the respective financial year, but also prospects and developments are summarised in it. The report is available for viewing and downloading.

News

Paraffinic fuels in oil heating systems

22. September 2021|

In a current project, OWI Science4Fuels gGmbH and the Institute of Plastics Processing are investigating the compatibility of paraffinic fuels with plastics commonly used for tanks and fuel-carrying fittings of oil heating systems. In particular, the focus is on the effect in existing consumption plants for heating oil. The interaction with the tank materials polyethylene (PE) and polyamide (PA), with protective film made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), with seals made of elastomers and with other polymers used in fittings is investigated.

Low-GHG Diesel Fuels

9. July 2021|

Climate protection with new low greenhouse gas diesel fuels is technically possible. Currently, paraffinic fuels such as hydrogenated vegetable and bio-oils as well as products from the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis are the most suitable diesel substitutes. Since fuels in Germany must consist of at least 70% mineral oil according to the current version of the Federal Immission Control Act, the use of pure kerosenes paraffines as low-GHG diesel fuels is not yet possible.

Video about fuel research at OWI

7. July 2021|

In a video about fuel research at OWI Science4Fuels, Karin Brendel, Sebastian Feldhoff and Wilfried Plum explain what properties new climate-friendly fuels must have before they can be sold at gas stations. Don't worry: Even those who didn't pay attention in chemistry class can easily follow this video about applied research for new climate-friendly fuels.

Low-greenhouse gas fuels in the application test

19. February 2021|

Many owners of new and older oil-fired heating systems would like to heat in a climate-friendly way. In a current research project, OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH and the Chair of Analytical Chemistry at the Institute of Chemistry at the University of Rostock are investigating what proportions of new low-greenhouse gas alternative fuels can be safely added to older heating systems.

Preventive maintenance of industrial furnaces

11. January 2021|

In the future the preventive maintenance of metallic furnace components in industrial furnaces can reduce production losses and lower operating costs. OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH, the Department for Industrial Furnaces and Heat Engineering (IOB) at RWTH Aachen University and the Institute for Materials Science (IfW) at Darmstadt University of Technology intend to contribute to this target in a current research project.

Congress “Fuels of the Future“

4. January 2021|

Sustainable mobility with greenhouse gas-reduced fuels in road transport and shipping are two topics on which speakers from OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH will present their research at the "Fuels of the Future 2021" congress from January 18 to 22, 2021.

Offers for Students

  • Papers, Theses
  • Student Assistants

More

Activity Report

With the activity report OWI takes stock of its business activities. Important aspects of the respective financial year, but also prospects and developments are summarised in it. The report is available for viewing and downloading.