Optimizing the operation of industrial furnaces economically

New insights into the service life of metallic furnace components

Test furnace with rectangular and round beams at the end of a test with temperature cycles. Photo: OWI

12 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 into this 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. Plant operators will be able to more accurately determine the remaining service life of the components and thus to develop strategies for optimized furnace operation under economic aspects such as production throughput, service life and failure probability.

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Domestic heat generation with fast pyrolysis bio-oil

Invitation to an European Workshop

Pyrolysis oil has a brown-black colour and is more viscous than heating oil, for example. © BTG BioLiquids

05 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.

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Internal deposits on diesel injectors

Non-engine test procedure further developed

Diesel-Injektoren im Prüfstand. Foto: OWI

21 Oktober 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).

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Technology forum discusses perspectives of liquid energy carriers

Greenhouse gas-neutral fuels

From the left: Adrian Willig (IWO) and Dirk Claussen (MWV) refuelled a car with an e-fuel during the event. Photo: IWO

27 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.

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Synthetic fuels in the heating test

OWI investigates operational safety of oil heating systems in existing buildings

Heating test rig in the laboratory of Oel-Waerme-Institut. Photo: OWI

13 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. The advantage of these alternative fuels is their high potential for reducing greenhouse gases. Depending on their type of production and use in closed carbon cycles, they can even be almost CO2-neutral. In addition, the targeted optimization of the application properties of such alternative fuels would further minimize pollutant emissions.

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Redifuel – Determination of a fuel matrix

Surrogate fuel for further investigations selected

Production of an alcohol-GtL-surrogate mixture in the laboratory of OWI and Tec4Fuels. Photo: OWI /TEC4FUELS

11 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. 

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Environmentally friendly on-board power for ships

Better air through the use of fuel cells

Schematic of the integration of the fuel cell system on a yacht.

08 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.

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CHP with renewable energy

EU research project develops new CHP system for biogenic residuals

Flammenbild einer Verbrennung von Pyrolyseöl

Flame pattern of a combustion of pyrolysis oil (FPBO). Photo: OWI

10 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.

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3rd Technology Forum – New liquid Energy Carriers on 26.9.2019

The 3rd Technology Forum – New liquid Energy Carriers will take place in Hamburg at 26 September 2019. Illustration: IWO

04 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.

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OWI develops no-harm test for additives in fuel oil

Increasing operational reliability of oil heaters

A hardware-in-the-loop test rig at OWI serves as the basis for the development of a new test rig for the no-harm test of additives in heating oil. Photo: OWI

02 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.

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