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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Screening test method for lubricating greases

Ensuring lifetime lubrication of rolling bearings

In an endurance run test grease is mechanical-dynamically loaded in roller bearings under lab terms to win data for the development of a screening test method. Photo: Kompetenzzentrum Tribologie

24 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. In combination with the experience gained from the numerous rolling bearing tests on the multi-station rolling bearing test bench, the simple TGA test can be used to make statements about the behaviour of the greases in the bearing.

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Synthetic fuels for climate protection?

NAMOSYN research project investigates fuel alternatives

Zwei im Kreis geführte Kupferleitungen, ein Monitor und eine Kraftstoffpumpe auf einem Prüfstand.

Hardware-in-the-Loop test rig for the qualification of fuels. Photo: OWI

28 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.

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AiF expert meeting at OWI

OWI advocates technology-open research

AiF´s expert group 2 was OWI´s guest. Photo: OWI

27 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.

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OWI at the “Thermprozess 2019” trade fair

Research projects and development services

Corrosion tests on the chamber furnace in the furnace laboratory of the OWI. Photo: OWI

22 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”. Experts from OWI will also be available at the stand to provide information about services relating to innovations in thermal process technology.

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