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.


Oel-Waerme-Institut joins the Zuse community

09th January 2020 – The Zuse community continues to grow. With the accession of the OWI Oel-Waerme-Institut gGmbH from Herzogenrath near Aachen, the nationwide association of non-profit research institutes now unites 75 members, seven of them in Aachen and a total of twelve in North Rhine-Westphalia. The membership certificate was officially handed over on January 8 by Dr. Friedrich-Wilhelm Bolle from the Presidium of the Zuse Community. More

Redifuel – Heating with pyrolysis oil –
“Residue2Heat” workshop presented research results

20th December 2019 – In a public workshop held in mid-December 2019, the partners in the EU research project “Residue2Heat”, including the Oel-Waerme-Institute, presented the results of their research and development work. The aim of the project was to use different types of biomass residues for domestic heat production. The biomass residues are converted into fast pyrolysis bio-oil (FPBO), which is a 2nd generation biogenic fuel suitable for combustion in domestic heating systems. When FPBO is used, depending on the raw material used, between 77 and 95% lower greenhouse gas emissions can be expected compared to conventional fuel oil. … More

Optimizing the operation of industrial furnaces economically –
New insights into the service life of metallic furnace components

12th December 2019 – A realistic service life calculation of components can help making the operation of industrial furnaces even more economical in the future. In a joint research project the Oel-Waerme-Institut, the Institut für Industrieofenbau und Wärmetechnik (IOB) of the RWTH Aachen and the Institut für Werkstoffkunde (IfW) of the Technische Universität Darmstadt have gained new important insights and implemented them in the development of a method for calculating service lifes. Manufacturers of industrial furnaces may use the research results for a more reliable design of furnace components. … More

Domestic heat generation with fast pyrolysis bio-oil – Invitation to an European Workshop

5th December 2019 – The consortium of the European research project “Residue2Heat” cordially invites interested experts to participate in an international workshop on the topic “Generation of space heating with renewable rapid pyrolysis bio-oil”. The workshop is the closing event of the research project “Residue2Heat – Renewable residential heating with fast pyrolysis bio-oil”, which was carried out within the framework of the EU research programme HORIZON 2020. It will take place on 11 December 2019 at the RWTH International Academy in Aachen. More

Internal deposits on diesel injectors – Non-engine test procedure further developed

21st October 2019 – Within the framework of a research project, the OWI Oel-Waerme-Institut gGmbH and the Institute for Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering (IEC) of the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg have gained important insights into the further development of a non-engine injector test rig including test cycle towards a fast, reliable and cost-effective test procedure for fuels and additives. The test bench is used to investigate and clarify malfunctions of diesel injectors caused by the formation of Internal Diesel Injector Deposits (IDID). More

Technology forum discusses perspectives of liquid energy carriers –
Greenhouse gas-neutral fuels

27nd September 2019 – 150 experts from science and industry discussed the future of renewable fuels at the 3rd Technology Forum “New Liquid Energy Sources” on 26 September in Hamburg. In addition to presenting various production paths, the focus was on the future use of Future Fuels in mobility and heat supply. … 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.