Gas- und Wärme-Institut Essen e. V. (GWI) has a distinguished tradition of applied combustion research for gaseous fuels. Founded in 1937 by the German gas industry as a non-profit organization to scientifically investigate and promote the utilization of gaseous fuels in the domestic and industrial sectors, GWI’s research activities are centered on its two R&D departments, the Department of Fuel and Appliance Technology and the Department of Industrial Combustion Technology.
Industrial gas-fired combustion processes have been one of the main aspects of GWI’s research activities for decades. These activities include development and optimization of burners, furnaces and industrial combustion processes as well as the investigation of primary measures to reduce pollutant emissions. In recent years, research has increasingly focused on the effects of natural gas quality changes on industrial combustion processes, oxy-fuel combustion for thermal processing industries and the suitability of alternative fuels for industrial process heating, for example biogas or low-calorific-value gases.
Research is carried out both experimentally, using semi-industrial combustion test rigs, and by means of CFD simulation, chemical kinetics analysis and process simulation.
In addition to its two R&D departments, GWI also operates a Testing Laboratory in which domestic gas appliance certification measurements are carried out according to different standards (CE mark, DIN-DVGW mark, DVGW quality mark) and a Training and Education Center which offers numerous gas-related seminars and training courses for technical personnel each year.
At the moment, GWI is offering to host IFRF in Germany from 2016 onward.
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