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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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Hydrogen is considered as an important chemical energy carrier for a sustainable energy supply worldwide. Pipeline-based gas supply can be used to supply hydrogen for applications from all sectors as required.

The production of hydrogen from electrolysis is elementary for the energy transition.; © Uniper

Numerous technical, ecological and economic aspects must be considered for the practical introduction of hydrogen — via the blending of methane-rich gases as well as the pure form — the investigation of which is currently the subject of a range of studies at the DVGW Research Center. Our studies pursue an integrated approach along the entire process chain: from gas production through to transport and the distribution of hydrogen as well as its use by the user.

All aspects of hydrogen are explored

Process specific aspects of different gas production and gas treatment methods are explored in the context of the production of renewable gases. The supply of water for electrolysis processes as well as water management for PtX processes is investigated in the water topic area. What’s more, we also answer questions on infrastructure and gas quality, including odorisation. These are based on our fuel analytics. Moreover, we explore hydrogen-related issues such as integrated energy management with hydrogen and on the role of hydrogen in the overall energy system. Testing services for materials, components and gas application technologies are offered in the Gas Test Laboratory.

The DVGW Research Center is involved in numerous public and DVGW-funded research projects. These include the two Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) technology platforms H2Mare and TransHyDE as well as the DVGW “Roadmap Gas 2050” project. In addition, several collaborative projects with energy supply companies as well as suppliers and manufacturers of gas application technologies are ongoing. What’s more, employees are involved in various national and international committees focussed on the technical regulations and test requirements in the field of hydrogen.

The hydrogen colour theory

Overview of the hydrogen color theory © DVGW-EBI

Hydrogen can be produced from different sources and using various methods. In political parlance, the use of colours has established itself and is now also in use in the technical sphere. Only green hydrogen is produced without the use of any fossil resources. The chart provides an overview of the different types of hydrogen based on the definition supplied by the BMBF.


Questions on hydrogen research
Dr. Frank Graf
Division Manager Gas Technology

Phone+49 721 608-41220
Questions on hydrogen analytics
Jochen Schütz
Gas Technology ∙ Group Manager Fuel Laboratory

Phone+49 721 608-41232