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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The introduction of hydrogen as a universally available energy source is essential for the advancement of the energy transition. But the use of hydrogen poses a challenge for the existing infrastructure and applications. The compatibility with hydrogen must be tested to ensure safe and reliable operation. This also requires the urgent further development of the standardisation landscape, from the level of the materials through to separate components and entire appliances.

The Test Laboratory Gas plays a lead role in the development of certification programmes for hydrogen compatibility. For example, the initial form of the certification programme (ZP) 3100 was developed at the DVGW-EBI and transferred to the European committees. What’s more, numerous projects looking at gas applications are currently in progress with the aim of updating the standardisation for the requirements of hydrogen. These particularly include the THyGA and Roadmap Gas 2050 projects.

In addition, we have worked together with our customers to implement projects in the combustion range up to 30% H2 in natural gas and 100% H2. Moreover, test programmes for gas appliance fittings have been developed with several manufacturers and their practicality tested (published in the book “Gasqualitäten im veränderten Energiemarkt”, among other publications). These findings are currently being implemented in certification programmes.