New extended management team at OWI

Wilfried Plum and Elmar Pohl manage the research institute

Dr. Wilfried Plum, Managing Director at OWI

20 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. Wilfried Plum previously held various positions in the energy sector, including authorised signatory and managing director. At OWI, he will contribute his experience and know-how to the expansion of networks and the establishment of new research and business domains.

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OWI confirmed as an affiliated institute of RWTH Aachen University

Excellent scientific work

Hardware-in-the-loop test rig for testing the interaction of regenerative fuels with technical components. Photo: OWI

13 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. The aim is to develop technically mature, low greenhouse gas and low-emission solutions for the heat generation and mobility of tomorrow.  

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OWI researches climate-neutral mobility and domestic heating

Scientific Advisory Board provides important impetus

OWI's laboratories are researching synthetic fuels and combustibles, among other things. (Photo: OWI)

OWI’s laboratories are researching synthetic fuels and combustibles, among other things. (Photo: OWI)

7 May 2019 – How the climate targets can be achieved is being investigated in various research projects based on ecological, economic and social criteria. One possible approach is the sustainable production and use of synthetic fuels. The gradual substitution of petroleum-based fuels could make the emissions from internal combustion engines climate-neutral and significantly less polluting in the long term. In cooperation with partners from academia, research and industry, the Oel-Waerme-Institut’s focus today is on such technically sophisticated, low-emission and low-greenhouse gas solutions for tomorrow’s mobility and heat generation. The aim is to make liquid fuels based on fossil and renewable energies exceedingly efficient and safe to use.

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Research on CO2-neutral future fuels

High-performance fuels based on methanol

Prüfstand zur Untersuchung möglicher Wechselwirkungen zwischen neuen Kraftstoffen und kraftstoffführenden Bauteilen von Fahrzeugen. Foto: OWI

16 January 2019 – To achieve its climate targets, Germany has to reduce its total CO2 emissions by 38% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. One measure to achieve the targets is to increase the share of renewable energy sources in the energy supply. Time is crucial, therefore efficient, economically sensible and practicable solutions are required. The “C³-Mobility” research project, which has recently started, is to investigate pathways for various climate-neutral, electricity-based fuels. They are produced from CO2, water and renewable electricity. An evaluation carried out in advance showed that the “methanol path” offers good conditions for meeting the above-mentioned requirements. Renewable methanol can be produced in large quantities at relatively manageable efforts and then easily transported as a liquid energy source. The goal of the technologies in question is to make a significant contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the short term is estimated to be very high and is therefore being investigated in this project.

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Development of a high-quality, low-CO2 biofuel

Research and Innovation project REDIFUEL

Hardware-in-the-Loop test rig for testing the interaction of regenerative fuels and combustibles with technical components. Photo: OWI

30 November 2018 – To achieve the European Union’s climate protection targets, greenhouse gas emissions must be cut down to 80% compared to 1990 levels by 2050, while in road transport, this will require 60% reduction in emissions. Nowadays road transport is still almost entirely based on conventional fuels and internal combustion engines. One pathway could be to gradually replace fossil fuels, on one hand by introducing electric mobility to cover short distances and on the other hand by introducing low-CO2 2nd generation liquid bio-based fuels to the market to ensure mobility over long distances.

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20 years Oel-Waerme-Institut

Research for the energy transition

Brennstoffproben im Test. Foto: OWI

Fuel samples under test. Photo: OWI

29 November 2018 –
The OWI Oel-Waerme-Institut celebrates its 20th birthday this autumn. The non-profit research institute was founded in Aachen in 1998 and has been an affiliated institute of RWTH Aachen University since 2007. After its foundation, the OWI experienced a rapid growth with an expansion of its research topics and can look back on the successful implementation of numerous important research projects.

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Technologieforum mit positiver Resonanz

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Industrial heat generated with biogenic fuels

Bio-multi-fuel burner developed

Flame pattern in 100 kW combined operation with EL heating oil and biogas. Photo: GWI

22. October 2018 – In a joint research project, the Gas- und Wärme-Institut Essen e. V. (GWI) and the OWI Oel-Waerme-Institut (OWI) have designed, manufactured and tested a combined biofuel burner for the generation of industrial process heat. In addition to low-calorific gases, the burner can also burn liquid biogenic fuels, such as vegetable oil, in an effective, reliable manner with low emissions.

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Suche nach dem “perfekten” Heizöl

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Efficient use of industrial waste heat

Modular heat accumulator in development

A modular heat accumulator is being developed for the use of industrial waste heat. Photo: Steinbeis-Innovationszentrum Innovations- und Wissensstrategien / ENSTOR: Energy Storage Network

9th July 2018 – Industrial waste heat is a by-product of many industrial processes and is currently often released into the environment unused. This applies in particular to high-temperature processes with process temperatures of more than 1,000 °C. The costs and CO2 emissions associated with the provision of energy represent a major burden for companies and the environment. In industry, the waste heat is already frequently used for heating other processes and for generating electricity or compressed air through direct recoupling. However, in many processes there is a time lag between the availability of waste heat and the demand for heat or electrical energy.

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