The research institute focuses on two central research fields: sustainable liquid energy carriers and efficiency technologies. “For example, we are investigating the use of fuels from waste and residual materials of biogenic origin,” explains OWI’s Managing Director Wilfried Plum. “In addition, so-called E-Fuels or Synfuels, which are produced synthetically from regeneratively generated electricity and a renewable carbon source, are just as highly pertinent research topics for us as the use of hydrogen or the use of hydrocarbons for the cooling, lubrication or heating of electric vehicles,” adds Joint Managing Director Elmar Pohl. In order to focus on the growing need for research and development in connection with sustainable liquid energy sources, OWI has already formed the “Future Fuels” research cluster in 2016. This cluster comprises of projects relating to research into new fuels and the development of efficiency technologies for their use.
Through its research, OWI Science for Fuels makes new fuels available for current and future technologies and thus ensures that the advantages of liquid energy sources will continue to be exploited in the future. This also includes the targeted further development of reforming know-how for converting liquid energy carriers into hydrogen for use in fuel cells. With its research, the OWI accompanies “Future Fuels” and application technologies up to technical maturity, thus creating a basis for their marketability.