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.
Consulting starts with ideas
We understand energy systems as balancing areas with numerous interacting components. These include different forms of energy and energy flows, buildings, energy producers, users, mobility, Power-to-Gas plants, stores and infrastructure. They can be linked to external influences, such as the weather, and the behaviour of upstream networks. The complexity required for the task is coordinated with the customer.
Our investigations extend across energy systems of varying dimensions, from homes through to industrial complexes and regions. We dynamically investigate these energy systems for a certain period so that the effects of fluctuations can be described. Fluctuations can arise, for example, due to the production of renewable energy, consumer behaviour or events such as faults, restrictions or batch operations.
Examples of investigations that we can carry out:
Gas mobility is an alternative to electromobility. We consider gas mobility to be both the methane-based as well as hydrogen-based mobility of cars, lorries, buses, ships and trains. In this field, we offer studies on the following issues, among others:
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The gas networks cover over 500,000 km and transport around 1,800 TWh of energy each year, making them absolutely vital for our energy supply across all sectors. In the near future, the gas supply will be the only nationwide supply with an extremely high security of supply and, as such, will become considerably more important for the energy transition and energy supply. As a result, the gas supply must be regenerative and climate-neutral. We can support this task with the following activities:
The procedure for producing renewable gases is challenging. The layout of the individual steps of the process is critical for achieving the goal of a technically advanced process chain. This involves all of the steps, starting from an electrolysis or a biogas plant through to the supply into the gas network or to the supply of liquefied RE gases. Important criteria are the energy-efficiency of the process chain and the production and supply costs for RE gases. To achieve the goal of an efficient process chain, we can provide support with the following procedural issues:
We carry out on-site measurement campaigns, sampling and control measurements throughout Europe. The experience gained from research, on-site activities and DVGW committees flow through to the consulting on gas plants, measurement and sampling concepts, project planning and project implementation.
We offer the following on-site services, among others, for customers:
Our mobile laboratory can carry out selected analysis directly on site.
We decommission and recommission gas tanks and CNG filling stations. Our range of services includes:
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