The DVGW supports the gas and water industry in all technical and scientific areas. The main focus of the Association’s work is on safety and hygiene as well as environmental and consumer protection. The DVGW elaborates technical rules designed to promote the technical self-management of the German gas and water industry, thus ensuring the safe and secure supply of gas and water according to the highest international standards. The Association, which was founded in 1859, currently has approximately 14,000 members. The DVGW is free from economic and political influences.
The DVGW Research Center at the Engler-Bunte-Institut is a research institute of the Deutscher Verein des Gas- und Wasserfaches e. V. at the Karlsuhe Institute of Technology (KIT), which has been committed to practical gas and water research since 1907.
Around 80 employees work in the fields of gas technology, gas application, water chemistry and water technology in close collaboration with the departments of the Engler-Bunte-Institut at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
The Gas Technology department studies the integrated role that gas plays in the energy transition. It addresses questions relating to the safe and environmentally responsible processing, distribution and use of gases. One area of focus of the research activities is on the production, cleaning and supply of hydrogen and methane from renewable sources. This involves the development of novel gas production and cleaning processes as well as the investigation of technical, economic, ecological and regulation-related aspects. It also delves into system analysis and network-specific issues along the entire gas supply chain. What’s more, the division operates accredited laboratories in the areas of fuel analysis and materials testing.
The centrepiece of the Gas Application division is the accredited DVGW Test Laboratory Gas. This laboratory is performing testing and inspections of products in the field of gas application and gas distribution for the DVGW’s certification body. Through its qualified testing activities and its active collaboration in various standardisation bodies, the Test Laboratory Gas is renowned throughout Europe and always at the cutting edge of technology. The Gas Application division also carries out research and development activities.
The Water Chemistry and Water Technology division has extensive experience in the different areas related to water as a public service and as raw material for energy and industrial processes. In particular we provide an wide expertise in membrane filtration of natural waters and process water applying pressure driven membranes (e.g. micro, ultra-, nanofiltration and reverse osmosis) as well as membrane distillation and electrodialysis. Monitoring and evaluation of the performance water treatment processes, especially on membranes is an add-on of our water division.
The implementation of the energy transition and the maintenance of a sustainable water supply are key challenges faced by humanity, which are a central focus of the DVGW Research Center at the Engler-Bunte-Institut of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The close link between university research and practical implementation as well as the close contact with the energy and water industry are absolutely fundamental to our activities.
In 1907 the Deutscher Verein des Gas- und Wasserfaches e. V. (DVGW) opened the research center formerly known as the “Lehr- und Versuchsgasanstalt“, affiliated to the former University of Karlsruhe (University of Technology).
The DVGW Research Center has since carried out its research in close collaboration with the Engler-Bunte-Institut (EBI) at what is now the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). A DVGW Research Center division is assigned to each of the three KIT departments of the EBI, as shown in the above organisational chart.