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Testing facility for high pressure synthesis

The DVGW ensures innovative research at the highest level

Research is the basis for technical innovations in the gas and water sector. This is why the DVGW funds research projects and carries out its own projects. The primary objectives are also in research, safety, hygiene, environmental protection for consumers and the development of forward-looking concepts for energy turnaround.

Testing facility for high pressure synthesis; © DVGW, Roland Horn

Guidelines and Priorities

With its research programmes, the DVGW creates the basis for innovations in the gas and water sector. His research guarantees the high status of gas and water supply in Germany. They are indispensable as a starting point for further technical developments. They competently promote both rule-setting and standardisation and form the basis for the scientific opinions of the DVGW.

DVGW's Gas research programs focus on innovative concepts that underline the importance of gas as a source of energy as a partner in the transition to energy efficiency. This is done with particular consideration of climate and environmental policy, as well as systemic, economic and safety objectives.

In order to ensure the high quality level and sustainability of German water supply in the long term, DVGW also devotes itself intensively to water research. The concepts cover the entire water cycle, take account of population and climate change and focus on solutions that are technically and economically sustainable.

DVGW's Research Programs and Advisory Boards

Here you will find downloads of the DVGW's research programmes and further information and information on the Research Advisory Councils.

DVGW Water Research - Innovation and Sustainability

Germany's water supply system ranks among the best by both European and global standards. This is not least the result of extremely successful water research activities. As our water research work is strictly oriented toward field relevance, it epitomises the innovative power and sustainability of the German water-engineering sector.

The DVGW promotes a close interrelationship between research and field work, which also forms the basis for a sustainable set of technical rules. Through its set of rules, the DVGW disseminates the results of its research work and thus supports the continuous advancement of the industry.

Against this background, water research has become an important indicator for all water-related topics that may be relevant in the future. The decisive natural and socio-cultural framework conditions are constantly changing. Demographic changes, a general decline in water consumption, climate change, and an increasing awareness of energy efficiency and cost efficiency will be the key topics in the coming years and decades. In addition to the sustainably safeguarding water as a resource and the drinking water quality, the environmentally friendly and resource-efficient operation of the water supply system will be of particular importance. Moreover, management approaches are required that provide powerful and safe supply systems able to continuously adapt themselves to the changing framework conditions.

Water Research Advisory Board

Water Research Advisory Board Dr. Dirk Waider, Gelsenkirchen

DVGW Innovation Research Gas

DVGW's research program "Innovation Research Gas - Roadmap for Increased Climate Protection, Sustainability and Safety" serves to secure the sustainability of natural gas, the generation and use of renewable gases and to make long-lasting use of the merits of our gas infrastructures.

DVGW's Research Radar contributes to recognise technical challenges early on and to actively accompany them with projects. For the DVGW Group, it is both the basis for further strengthening research efficiency and an indicator for taking into account impacts on the regulatory framework in good time. At the same time, it is also the basis for expanding cooperation with industry-related and non-industry companies and associations that would like to become more involved in the area of future energy supply.

Research Advisory Boards

Research Gas: Dr. Thomas Hüwener, Essen

Coordination Group "Betriebliche Forschung Gas": Michael Kurth, Schneiderkrug

"Innovation Group Gas": Heinrich Busch, Essen