Your network of excellence in the gas and water industry

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.

DVGW Research Center at Engler-Bunte-Institut of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
DVGW Research Center at Engler-Bunte-Institut of KIT
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Gas services

Consulting starts with ideas

We are focussed on transferring our findings from research into practice for you. We want to give public utilities, municipalities, energy suppliers and industrial enterprises as well as associations the opportunity to use the latest data and considerations to shape the future. To do so, we work together with customers to develop concepts, ideas and strategies based on the existing infrastructure and resources. For the implementation phase, we transfer our results from research to the specific tasks in collaboration with the customer, whether these tasks are focussed on the energy system, gas networks, process engineering or gas mobility. One of the great benefits is our flexibility, which ensures that we can implement customer change requests during the project.

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:

  • Evaluation of business models
  • Optimisation of infrastructural modifications, the sizes of storages, etc.
  • Testing of control strategies
  • Optimisation of energy consumption
  • Development of supply concepts
  • Effect of demand-side management
  • Integration of heat networks

Gas mobility

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:

  • Infrastructural requirements, such as filling stations and storages
  • Concepts for providing electricity, hydrogen and methane
  • Methane and hydrogen supply
  • Methane and hydrogen distribution
  • Costs
  • Well-to-wheel analysis
  • Integration of mobility in energy systems

Industry research

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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:

  • Feed-in of RE gases (biogas, H2) into gas networks and their effect on distributions, transition areas, etc.
  • Support with feed-in applications
  • Development of concepts for billing fluctuating mixed gases
  • Evaluation of capacity bottlenecks
  • Investigation of maximum blending quantities, e.g. of H2, in consideration of the billing concepts, gas users and fluctuation margins
  • Preparation of concepts for calorific value districts for gas mixtures
  • Integration of sensitive users in case of fluctuating gas qualities

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:

  • Procedural layout and evaluation of processes
  • Integration of new procedures in an existing operating environment
  • Plant monitoring
  • Process simulation
  • Heat integration
  • Substance data for the layout of the processes
  • Economic evaluation of process chains
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High-pressure gas spheres © Jörg Riedl / DVGW-EBI

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:

  • Determination of the gas quality in natural gas networks, biogas plants, technical infrastructure or process plants (combined heat and power plants, gas engines, etc.)
  • Special collection of gaseous, liquid and solid samples, e.g. at CNG, LNG and H2 filling stations
  • Monitoring the odorant concentration in natural gas networks

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:

  • High-pressure gas tanks
  • Low-pressure gas tanks
  • Disc-type gas tanks
  • Mechanical/biological waste treatment plants

Find out about the gas research topics that we tackle here