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.


Screening test method for lubricating greases –
Ensuring lifetime lubrication of rolling bearings

24th June 2019 – An important step on the way to elucidating the causes of a reduction in the lubricity of lubricating greases in rolling bearings has been taken by the Competence Centre Tribology Mannheim and the Oel-Waerme-Institut in a joint research project. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was used to identify a test method that can be used for the development of lubricating greases. The TGA made it possible to differentiate quickly and cost-effectively between the greases used depending on the load and the load time. … More

Synthetic fuels for climate protection? –
NAMOSYN research project investigates fuel alternatives

28th May 2019 – Could diesel and gasoline vehicles make a greater contribution to climate protection in the future? This is a realistic option for the 29 companies and institutions involved in the new research project “NAMOSYN” (Nachhaltige Mobilität durch synthetische Kraftstoffe – Sustainable mobility through synthetic fuels) from research, industry, associations and society. They want to research the sustainable production and use of synthetic fuels according to ecological, economic and social criteria. If such synthetic fuels instead of petroleum-based fuels were increasingly used in the future, the emissions from combustion engines could become climate-neutral and significantly less polluting. … More

AiF expert meeting at OWI –
OWI advocates technology-open research

27th May 2019 – On 14 May 2019, at the invitation of the OWI Oel-Waerme-Institut gGmbH, a meeting of expert group 2 of the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AIF) took place in Herzogenrath. AiF and its member associations guarantee a qualified evaluation of projects of the Industrial Collective Research (Industrielle Gemeinschaftsforschung und -entwicklung -IGF). The pre-competitive IGF is organised in the innovation network of AiF and its 100 research associations and supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) with public funds. … More

OWI at the “Thermprozess 2019” trade fair –
Research projects and development services

22nd May 2019 – The OWI Oel-Waerme-Institut will be represented with a stand at the “Thermprocess” trade fair, which will take place in Düsseldorf from 25 to 29 June 2019. OWI will present itself within the framework of a special show of the FOGI Forschungsgemeinschaft Industrieofenbau e.V. (Research Association for Industrial Furnace Construction) in Hall 10, Stand C 04 with current research projects. These include, for example, a project on the “Influence of thermal load changes on the service life of highly stressed furnace components made of metallic high-temperature materials”. … More

New extended management team at OWI –
Wilfried Plum and Elmar Pohl manage the research institute

20th May 2019 – The management of the OWI Oel-Waerme-Institut gGmbH in Aachen has restructured itself. In view of the dynamic development of alternative, climate-friendly fuels and the expansion of research activities into the mobility sector, OWI now has two joint managing directors, Dr. Wilfried Plum and Elmar Pohl. Dr. Plum will join the management of the non-profit research institute on 1 June 2019. Dr. Plum, who holds a doctorate in chemistry, will replace David Diarra, who is leaving the research institute at his own request on 30 June 2019 after many years of successful work, most recently as head of OWI. … More

OWI confirmed as an affiliated institute of RWTH Aachen University –
Excellent scientific work

13th May 2019 – The OWI Oel-Waerme-Institut gGmbH was again confirmed as an “affiliated institute of the RWTH Aachen”. The Rectorate of RWTH Aachen University approves external institutions as affiliated institutions if they perform excellent scientific work, complement the research portfolio of the university with research and development projects that serve to transfer technology to the industry. OWI researches and develops concepts and technologies in the fields of energy-efficient use of conventional and alternative liquid fuels as well as innovative efficiency technologies. . … 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.