OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH (OWI) was founded in 1998 and is a non-profit organization with its main task: undertaking and promoting applied research and development in the field of energy and combustion technology with a special focus on liquid fuels. OWI has 30 employees including 10 PhD students. The research activities of OWI are financed on a project-based approach and range from applied industrial research projects to governmental financed fundamental research projects. Analyses and investigations of fuel properties are carried out in cooperation with RWTH Aachen University. For issues like energy-efficiency OWI is developing technologies in collaboration with industries in the areas of thermal process technology and materials engineering. OWI is a member of several associations in the fuel technology (DGMK and AGQM). OWI participated in many international and national research and development projects consortia in the fields of fuels, energy and combustion. Additionally, OWI has a long-time experience in accomplishing and administrating projects funded by German public organizations like BMWI, DBU, AiF.
The research tasks of OWI Science for Fuels focus on the quality assurance of the new fuel, especially with regard to the operational safety of the engines. To this end, OWI investigates and evaluates the chemical-physical properties of the Bio-HFO for marine applications, the compatibility of this lignin-based fuel with marine engines, the storage life and ageing behaviour of the fuel, its compatibility with fuel-bearing materials and components, and the engine oil. Finally, health, environmental and safety aspects are also part of the investigation.