Contractual Relationship with a Client
The classic cooperation: a company announces a specific R&D demand, which OWI can support by its know-how and R&D infrastructure. A feasibility analysis, conceptual development, consultation as well as a coordinated and interrelated R&D activity can emerge from this. The focus always lies on a cost- and energy-saving solution for the company. Moreover, the solution is supposed to be environmentally friendly and to secure market success at the same time.
Cooperation Projects with several Partners – National and International
Sometimes comprehensive research tasks are only feasible by collaborations with companies and if necessary with further research and scientific institutes. OWI is integrated into major joint projects as a competent partner. This can not only include the execution of subtasks but also the coordination and control of the project. OWI takes the initiative to develop ideas for joint projects – including the definition of the research task and the structuring of the procedures, the identification and integration of suitable industrial and scientific partners as well as of appropriate sponsors. OWI contributes not only to national but also to international projects, for example at EU level.
Some issues are relevant for entire industries. In cooperation with companies, associations and institutions, OWI identifies (technical) questions that concern entire industries and often entail a considerable need for research. Examples include the market launch of regenerative liquid fuels and their impact on technical components or long-term stability. The development of thermal process plants continually raises cross-sector issues in high-temperature technology and materials science that require solutions. Companies can play a part as consultants in those projects by providing their know-how, their products and specific problem presentation. In this way, they are involved as research partners and enabled to participate in the research results.
As OWI is a non-profit research institute that operates on the basis of project funding, there are only limited possibilities to conduct or support free fundamental research. One of these options is the work within networks that split the research tasks of one topic among each other. Due to an open dialogue and exchange, all members of the network profit from the research findings. OWI participates in national and international networks that apply themselves to specific research tasks in the areas of high-temperature technology or fuel cell technology. OWI is interested in new partnerships in research networks at any time.