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.
Gases play a critical role in the energy transition, especially renewable gases such as biogas and biomethane. Renewable hydrogen and renewable methane from Power-to-Gas processes are also becoming increasingly important. As a result, the gas technology research is focussed on how these gases can be produced and integrated into the energy system.
In our research, we look at gases along the entire chain: from production through to the distribution in the networks and their use in end appliances. One area of focus is the reliable operation of gas applications under the changing requirements.
The research center is involved in a range of national and international research projects in which we work together with the project partners to take an integrated look at the production and use of gas.
Our knowledge and experience is also available in the form of services.
As a chemical energy carrier, renewable gas has a very high energy density. This makes it suitable for applications in mobility and for the long-term storage of renewable energy, among other uses. These applications enable the optimal use of the available renewable energy and the existing infrastructure. This accelerates and lowers the cost of the energy transition.
The affiliation with the KIT’s Chemical Energy Sources – Fuel Technology division, allows us to ensure the application of the current scientific methods and findings.