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

New CO₂-reduced fuels in standard and materials testing

6. November 2020|

In the future, new CO2-reduced fuels can enable climate-friendly mobility parallel to electric drives. But are they compatible with the existing logistics and tank infrastructure as well as the engines and fuel systems of new and old vehicles? Do they also comply with the standards and requirements that apply today? OWI Science for Fuels is investigating these questions together with partners in the current research project "NormAKraft".

Methanol from sewage gas

19. October 2020|

The production of high-purity methanol from sewage gas as a marketable product is the objective of a current research project. To produce high-purity methanol from sewage gas, which is marketable as a product, is the goal of a current research project. The Research Institute for Water and Waste Management at the RWTH Aachen University (FiW) e. V. and the OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH want project to build a demonstrator for an optimized methanol synthesis process. The basis of the plant on the basis of is an existing methanol synthesis plant of the FiW at the Emschermündung wastewater treatment plant. In addition, they are developing a closed plant concept that allows an economic scaling of the plant size and thus has the potential for future marketing to biogas producers.

Operational safety of rolling bearings

14. October 2020|

Malfunctions of rolling bearings can lead to the total loss of an entire technical system or to long downtimes. Insufficient lubrication is the cause of rolling bearing failures in about 50 % of cases. In a current research project, the Competence Center Tribology Mannheim (KTM) and OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH (OWI) want to expand the knowledge about the failure mechanisms of rolling bearings with life-time lubrication. In a previous project, they were able to demonstrate that not only the thermal oxidation of the oils contained in the grease, but also the degradation of the thickeners in the grease play an important role in their failure.

Technology Forum “New Liquid Energy Sources“

13. October 2020|

In the "Technology Forum - New Liquid Energy Sources" we would like to provide impulses and intensify the dialogue with decision-makers and experts in the energy sector across industries and sectors. Click here for the program and registration.

Development of an industrial multi-fuel burner system

5. October 2020|

In a current research project the Gas- und Wärme-Institut Essen e.V. (GWI) and the OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH want to extend the combustion concept they have developed for the "combined burner for liquid and gaseous biogenic fuels" for the generation of industrial heat to include the use of energy sources from bio, residual and waste materials. With the envisaged multi-fuel burner system envisaged, pyrolysis oils from residual and waste materials could then be used, for example, to be convert them ed into process heat. , Similarly, but also liquid and gaseous by-products from industrial production could also be utilized.

Methanol as fuel

29. September 2020|

Die technischen Grundlagen für die Normung von Methanol-Kraftstoffen in Europa zu erstellen, ist der Gegenstand eines aktuellen Forschungsprojekts, das ein Konsortium aus Hochschulen, Forschungseinrichtungen, Industrieunternehmen sowie kleinen und mittelständischen Unternehmen durchführt. Damit wollen die Partner des Projekts „Methanol Standard“ den Weg zur Zertifizierung und Markteinführung von Methanol-Kraftstoffen ebnen. Das Potential von Methanol-Kraftstoffen, bereits mittelfristig einen signifikanten Beitrag zur Reduktion der CO2-Emissionen im Straßenverkehr zu leisten, bewerten die Forschenden als hoch.

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

New CO₂-reduced fuels in standard and materials testing

6. November 2020|

In the future, new CO2-reduced fuels can enable climate-friendly mobility parallel to electric drives. But are they compatible with the existing logistics and tank infrastructure as well as the engines and fuel systems of new and old vehicles? Do they also comply with the standards and requirements that apply today? OWI Science for Fuels is investigating these questions together with partners in the current research project "NormAKraft".

Methanol from sewage gas

19. October 2020|

The production of high-purity methanol from sewage gas as a marketable product is the objective of a current research project. To produce high-purity methanol from sewage gas, which is marketable as a product, is the goal of a current research project. The Research Institute for Water and Waste Management at the RWTH Aachen University (FiW) e. V. and the OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH want project to build a demonstrator for an optimized methanol synthesis process. The basis of the plant on the basis of is an existing methanol synthesis plant of the FiW at the Emschermündung wastewater treatment plant. In addition, they are developing a closed plant concept that allows an economic scaling of the plant size and thus has the potential for future marketing to biogas producers.

Operational safety of rolling bearings

14. October 2020|

Malfunctions of rolling bearings can lead to the total loss of an entire technical system or to long downtimes. Insufficient lubrication is the cause of rolling bearing failures in about 50 % of cases. In a current research project, the Competence Center Tribology Mannheim (KTM) and OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH (OWI) want to expand the knowledge about the failure mechanisms of rolling bearings with life-time lubrication. In a previous project, they were able to demonstrate that not only the thermal oxidation of the oils contained in the grease, but also the degradation of the thickeners in the grease play an important role in their failure.

Technology Forum “New Liquid Energy Sources“

13. October 2020|

In the "Technology Forum - New Liquid Energy Sources" we would like to provide impulses and intensify the dialogue with decision-makers and experts in the energy sector across industries and sectors. Click here for the program and registration.

Development of an industrial multi-fuel burner system

5. October 2020|

In a current research project the Gas- und Wärme-Institut Essen e.V. (GWI) and the OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH want to extend the combustion concept they have developed for the "combined burner for liquid and gaseous biogenic fuels" for the generation of industrial heat to include the use of energy sources from bio, residual and waste materials. With the envisaged multi-fuel burner system envisaged, pyrolysis oils from residual and waste materials could then be used, for example, to be convert them ed into process heat. , Similarly, but also liquid and gaseous by-products from industrial production could also be utilized.

Methanol as fuel

29. September 2020|

Die technischen Grundlagen für die Normung von Methanol-Kraftstoffen in Europa zu erstellen, ist der Gegenstand eines aktuellen Forschungsprojekts, das ein Konsortium aus Hochschulen, Forschungseinrichtungen, Industrieunternehmen sowie kleinen und mittelständischen Unternehmen durchführt. Damit wollen die Partner des Projekts „Methanol Standard“ den Weg zur Zertifizierung und Markteinführung von Methanol-Kraftstoffen ebnen. Das Potential von Methanol-Kraftstoffen, bereits mittelfristig einen signifikanten Beitrag zur Reduktion der CO2-Emissionen im Straßenverkehr zu leisten, bewerten die Forschenden als hoch.

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.