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.
The energy transition must be implemented swiftly and cost-effectively. This requires an integrated approach to all parts of the energy system and an understanding of their interactions.
The ambitious European and national climate targets require the swift implementation of the energy transition, which also needs to be as cost-effective as possible. Numerous research projects are investigating the role that gas will play in this respect. In addition to technical issues, a particular focus is on investigating systemic, economic and ecological aspects and developing feasible transformation paths.
The supply of renewable gases to Germany is a key issue for the transformation of the gas supply. The investigation and evaluation of the production potential for renewable gases is therefore a core task for the DVGW Research Center and its partners. Besides the technological and economic conditions, the technological maturity, market launch paths and ecological aspects also play an important role. In recent years, the national production potential for biomethane and synthetic natural gas from biomass and PtG processes has been evaluated as part of several DVGW projects; for example, see the Overall potential of RE gases, greenSNG, Biogas potential atlas and RE methanation potential studies.
Besides the supply of renewable (RE) gases, the gas applications that are needed in future is the second key issue for the development of the gas supply in Germany. The DVGW Research Center therefore conducts analyses in the various energy sectors and prepares concepts for gas applications. For example, in recent years, several studies have been carried out on the use of gas in the mobility sector, e.g. LNG in heavy-goods transport and a bus study. The heat market and industry sector are also comprehensively analysed. Techno-economic analyses are used to establish the data bases that research partners implement in energy system modelling.
Ecological assessments based on process chain evaluations (well-to-tank, well-to-wheel, see PtX study for example) and simplified life cycle analyses are conducted for production and usage paths, for example, to compare and contrast various drive and fuel concepts in the mobility sector. In particular, comprehensive analyses are carried out for the supply of renewable gases from various sources.