Research and Development:
This department examines issues relating to combustion technology, the use of energy, appliance technology and the gas supply. The goal is to develop efficient natural gas technologies for the German gas industry.
The GWI is the point of contact for publicly funded projects in EU, federal and state research programs as well as industrial projects and for engineering services seeking answers to technical and economic questions. We cover both conventional natural gas applications as well as those for fuels from renewable sources.
In addition to the development, testing and optimization of components, complete systems and procedures in the fields of energy technology, thermal technology and fluid dynamics, the work of the GWI is currently determined in particular by the diversification of the gas market, as well as by climate protection and the challenges of CO2 reduction.
The range of technologies now available has expanded enormously. In addition to conventional combustion boilers, highly efficient combined heat and power units, gas-powered heat pumps and fuel cells are now available; the integration of renewable sources such as solar energy and biogas also plays a role. We pass on the experience we gain in the field of equipment technology in the form of standardisation and policy work. In addition, we provide information on the technical and legal requirements for feeding substitute and additive gases into the natural gas network, we make calculations for the conditioning for L gas and H gas networks and we test and optimise innovative measurement and control systems for metering, invoicing and the collection of combustion parameters, “Smart Grid” etc.