Welcome to the Oel-Waerme-Institut

OWI is an independent non-profit research institute. In cooperation with industrial partners and research institutes OWI develops concepts and technologies in the field of energy-efficient use of conventional and alternative fuels. The aim of the research activities is to develop advanced technologies and solutions for a future sustainable heat supply and mobility contributing to reduced pollutant- and greenhouse gas emissions. OWI is a non-profit organisation and an acknowledged institute affiliated to RWTH Aachen University.



News

Synthetic fuels in the heating test – OWI investigates operational safety of oil heating systems in existing buildings

13th September 2019 – Are existing oil heating systems in which synthetic or biogenic fuels are used just as reliable and durable as with conventional heating oil? The OWI Oel-Waerme-Institut is investigating this question in a current research project. The research institute is investigating whether the fuels produced in Power-to-Liquid (PtL) and Biomass-to-Liquid (BtL) processes are compatible with the existing heating technology. … More

Redifuel – Determination of a fuel matrix –
Surrogate fuel for further investigations selected

11th September 2019 – To enable the initial screening of the “Redifuel” at early project stages, surrogate fuels must be selected due to the limited availability of the final product at the beginning of the project. A large portion of the fuel will be made up by alcohols produced in the hydroformylation (HF) process. During the HF process not only linear but also branched alcohols are produced. Those are either not commercially available or very expensive. Max-Planck-Institute (MPI) provided a small sample of the target alcohol mixture (TAM) for analytics at OWI and Tec4Fuels. … More

Environmentally friendly on-board power for ships –
Better air through the use of fuel cells

08th August 2019 – The aim of the new “MultiSchIBZ” research project is to significantly reduce the pollutants and greenhouse gases produced by shipping. A consortium led by thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH is developing a fuel cell system as an alternative power generation on ships. This will improve the efficiency of the plants and prevent emissions even when fossil fuels are used – both in berth operations in ports and inland waterways and on the high seas. A further advantage is their almost noiseless operation which makes them fit more easily into the environment. … More

CHP with renewable energy –
EU research project develops new CHP system for biogenic residuals

10th July 2019 – A new EU research project will design a novel small-scale cogeneration engine using biomass to produce heat and electricity, which could mainstream renewables in the heating and cooling sector. The project, called SmartCHP, has been launched today in Brussels by ten partners including European industrial companies, Universities and innovation experts, under the coordination of BTG Biomass Technology Group.  More

3rd Technology Forum – New liquid Energy Carriers on 26.9.2019

4th July 2019 – On 26 September 2019, the 3rd Technology Forum on “New Liquid Energy Sources” will take place in Hamburg. The background to the conference: Almost all current studies on energy system transformation recommend the use of greenhouse gas-neutral fuels as an indispensable part of solutions to achieve climate targets in the transport and building sectors. More

OWI develops no-harm test for additives in fuel oil –
Increasing operational reliability of oil heaters

02nd July 2019 – The development of an application technological no harm test for additives in heating oil is the subject of a new research project of the OWI Oel-Waerme-Institut gGmbH. The admixture of additives aims to further improve the properties of heating oil. However, the additives themselves must also be safe and must not cause any undesirable side effects in the fuel or interactions between the fuel and the technical components. With the aimed simple, standardized, economical and fast test, enterprises of the mineral oil industry could examine the operational safety of their additivated fuel oil before the sales. … More


OWI Activity Report

With it´s activity report OWI draws business balance. The report outlines not only important aspects of the respective business year but also prospects and developments. The report is available for viewing and for download.