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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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Gases - an essential part of the energy transition

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.

Three-phase methanation in the bubble column is a forward-looking concept for the production of renewable methane; © Matthias Bitsch

Gas from renewable sources

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.

Benefits of gas

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.

The Technology Testing Center at the Engler-Bunte-Institut
The cutting-edge Technology Testing Center explores the production of renewable gases down to the finest detail. This is where researchers build test systems for the latest technologies, from the separation of carbon dioxide from air through to methanation reactors, and carry out comprehensive measurement campaigns.

Our scientific expertise is also available for services

If you have any questions on gas research please contact
Dr. Frank Graf
Bereichsleiter Gastechnologie

Phone+49 721 608-41220