Partners within the MethQuest consortium
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for the sustainable and networked mobility of people and their goods. In 2017, Continental achieved sales of 44 billion euros and currently employs more than 240,000 people in 61 countries. Continental’s Powertrain division develops and produces efficient system solutions for the drive train to optimize fuel consumption. Within the framework of the sub-project MethCar, Continental develops a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry for a methane engine use.
The Gas Technological Institute Freiberg does research into fundamental gas oriented issues. DBI serves the entire gas supply chain – from production, storage and transport down to the efficient usage. Acting as a mediator between universities, research institutes and the gas industry, DBI makes a substantial contribution to the renewable energy industry. Within MethSys, DBI focusses on the model development and simulation of a regional EE-methane production as well as an area-wide EE-methane supply and application.
The DVGW Research Center at Engler-Bunte Institute is a joint research institution of the German Gas and Water Association and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Research in the field of gas technology focuses on the production of methane from renewable sources and how to process and feed it into the gas grid. In MethFuel, the Research Center is investigating novel process concepts to provide CO2 for methane production.
Furthermore, the Research Center is investigating system-analytical and grid-specific issues in MethGrid and MethSys. The aim here is to evaluate both the role of gas and the gas infrastructure in our future energy system.
The DVGW Research Center coordinates the overall MethQuest project jointly with MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH, and is also coordinator of MethGrid.
EIfER is a joint research Institution of Electricité de France (EDF) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with headquarters in Karlsruhe, Germany. In the frame of the MethFuel consortium, EIfER is leading the work package on optimized SOEC-Electrolysis. Here, EIfER is in charge of the electrochemical characterization of solid oxide cells at the ENERMAT (MATerials for ENERgy) laboratory -operated jointly with the KIT-ITCP-, as well as of technical simulations of innovative Power-to-Gas concepts for the synthesis of renewable methane.
Elogen, the only French provider of PEM electrolysers (proton exchange membrane), is to play a key role in the green hydrogen revolution. They will enable customers and partners to accelerate the energy transition, and to jointly create a more sustainable world.
As part of MethFuel, Elogen develops and tests a 100% overloadable 1 MW PEM electrolysis system for participation in the primary reserve control market. In addition, Elogen is coordinating the MethFuel group.
Erdgas Südwest is a regional energy service provider with around 150 employees. The company has many years of experience in the field of biogas upgrading, biogas and natural gas marketing and is fully committed to the strategy of "creating the future naturally". The company is pursuing the integration of the electricity and heat sectors and the efficient use of renewable energies locally. In the MethGrid network, Erdgas Südwest is investigating the supply of EE-LNG and working out recommendations for action.
The ESA² GmbH offers evidence-based energy system analyses and business intelligence for public and private customers. With our tailored consulting services, we support our clients on their individual energy transition pathway.
In the MethSys project ESA² provides the methodical, technical and data-related prerequisites to ensure a consistent coupling and application of the partners' various energy models for the system analysis of the rollout of methane-based renewable fuels in the transport sector.
Ford-Werke GmbH is a German company with more than 24,000 employees.
The development centre for vehicles and powertrains is based in Cologne since 1965. In 1995 Ford Research and Advanced Engineering (R&A) Europe was founded in Aachen. It is creating individual mobility solutions that go hand in hand with environmental and safety considerations.
Ford R&A chairs the MethCar research group, where technology potentials and quality requirements of renewable methane as fuel for passenger cars are investigated.
Since 1989, the Department Life Cycle Engineering (GaBi) at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP has been dealing with the holistic balancing and analysis of products, processes and services under environmental, economic, social and technical aspects. Based on many years of project experience and preparatory work in the fields of mobility, energy supply, conversion and storage as well as alternative fuels, Fraunhofer IBP analyses the overall system for the production and use of synthetic methane as part of MethSys.
FhG IOSB-AST works towards new methods and processes for the optimal use of complex cybernetic systems and translate them into innovative operation control applications for i.e. cross-sectoral energy systems.Our excellent R&D activities are consequently tailored across multiple sectors to the major topic “digitalization”. We have a research infrastructure like numerous platforms for the “digitalization of the energy supply”.
Within the joint project “MethSys” FhG IOSB-AST works on impacts of P2G technologies on the electricity grid and market processes.
As the largest European solar research institute, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE develops materials, components, systems and processes for an environmentally friendly energy supply. Its infrastructure includes laboratory and accredited test centers as well as technology evaluation centers. In MethFuel, Fraunhofer ISE uses various methods to characterize stack components and investigate their longevity. In a simulation, the PEM electrolysis system is reproduced realistically.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI analyses the origin and impacts of innovations. It researches the short- and long-term developments of innovation processes and the social impacts of new technologies and services. Within MethQuest, ISI coordinates the subproject MethSys and is in charge of the energy system analysis. Furthermore, ISI acts as an interface to the accompanying scientific research "Energy Transition in Transport".
iGas energy develops and produces plants that make the supposedly lost resources usable again. The key element here is the in-depth know-how in gas technology. One focus of iGas is the production of hydrogen by PEM electrolyzers. In the MethFuel network, iGas is developing a new 1 MW PEM electrolyzer with 100% overload capacity and fast load changes. iGas energy is responsible for the construction and operation of the system as well as for the final evaluation of the results.
The ILK Dresden as an independent and free research enterprise with a staff of 150 employees conducts industry-related research, development and technology transfer in the wide range of air handling and refrigeration technologies. The storage of cryogenic fluids / fuel and its related process technology is one of the main research areas of the department for cryogenics and low temperature physics. On this basis a supply system for high pressure gas will be developed, built and tested within the framework of MethMare to meet the specific requirements for maritime applications.
Infraserv Höchst (ISH) is the operator of Industriepark Höchst and a leading industrial service provider for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Infraserv Höchst supplies the process industry with products and services in the fields of energy, waste disposal, facility management, environmental protection, safety and health.
In the MethFuel project, ISH plans and builds the necessary infrastructure for integrating a PEM electrolysis (1 – 2 MW) in the Industriepark Höchst, operates the plant and prepares the prequalification for primary control power.
keep it green, located in Starnberg (Bavaria), is partner of the energy industry in terms of projects, engineering and consulting. As a member of the group MethGrid keep it green is responsible for the conception of a LNG-hub as well as of a harbor-micro-grid. With this concept the group partners will conduct simulations to analyse the overall system. Based on the simulation results keep it green will finally conceive a practical realization. Regarding the valuation of technical approaches generally valid statements will be identified to implement coupling of the sectors perfectly in the future.
Kelvion is a global manufacturer of industrial heat exchangers for a highly diversified range of market segments. The product range includes compact fin heat exchangers, plate heat exchangers, single tube heat exchangers, shell and tube heat exchangers, transformer cooling systems and cooling towers. The production site in Monzingen (Germany) mainly produces transformer cooling systems and double tube safety heat exchangers.
In MethMare Kelvion is developing a new double tube safety heat exchanger which will be able to operate reliably and efficiently in high-pressure areas.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Engler-Bunte-Institute, Division of Fuel Technology (KIT EBI CEB)
Research at the KIT EBI ceb focuses on the characterization, conversion and processing of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels.
In the context of the research conducted in the MethFuel group, novel technologies to provide CO2 for the three-phase methanation process are investigated. Specific focus is placed on hydrodynamics and mass transfer processes. Concerning the methanation process, experimental data in a slurry bubble column reactor is generated in lab scale as well as in a 100 kW pilot plant to obtain data for a scale-up to industrial scale.
The Chair of Combustion Technology of the Engler-Bunte-Institute (EBI-vbt) belongs to the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The research lines of the chair concern phenomenological, theoretical and applied studies on combustion devices or more generally on reactive flows. Main objective within MethCar is to identify conditions under which, pollutants and particles can form during E-Methan combustion. Model flame investigations are carried out using laser diagnostic measurement techniques.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) - Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP)
The chair Chemical Technology (Prof. Deutschmann) of the Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP) is located at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Main activities of the research group with about 45 employees cover challenges regarding the sectors energy, mobility and environment, which are tackled particularly by using heterogeneous catalysts. A special field of interest is the investigation of solid oxide cells, e.g. to sustainably produce hydrogen via high temperature electrolysis like in the MethFuel group.
Rolls-Royce Power Systems with its core brand MTU develops and sells high-speed engines and propulsion systems for ships, power generation, heavy land and rail vehicles, military vehicles, and the oil and gas industry. The company supplies diesel gensets for standby, base-load and peak-load demand, and combined heat and power modules using gas-powered engines. These are complemented by medium-speed engines built in Bergen, Norway, for use in ships and power plants.
Working with the DVGW research center, Rolls-Royce Power Systems is coordinating the MethQuest project and participating in the MethMare, MethPower and MethGrid networks. MethMare and MethPower are developing, respectively, vessel propulsion systems and combined heat and power technologies for microgrids using power-to-gas techniques. MethGrid is engaged in creating models for cutting-edge power supply systems.
Open Grid Europe (OGE) is one of the leading transmission system operators in Germany. 1.450 employees throughout Germany ensure safe and customer-oriented gas transport. Open Grid Europe supports the European gas market and, in cooperation with European transmission system operators, creates the conditions for cross-border transport and trade.
Within the framework of MethCar, the Gas Quality Competence Center is involved in the procurement and monitoring of the test fuels used.
The Schaeffler Group is a globally active automotive and industrial supplier. With precision components and systems in engines, transmissions and chassis as well as rolling bearing and plain bearing solutions for a wide range of industrial applications. The Schaeffler Group is already making today a decisive contribution to "mobility for tomorrow". Schaeffler is developing and manufacturing the fully variable electro-hydraulic valve train system UniAir for passenger cars in the MethCar project, thus making a decisive contribution to reducing CO2 emissions in traffic.
Stadtwerke Karlsruhe is a leading energy supplier in the Karlsruhe region. It ensures reliable, steady providing of electricity, natural gas, drinking water and district heating to households, commercial and industrial customers. In addition to investments in renewable energies Stadtwerke Karlsruhe contributes to the Energy Revolution i.a. by participating in MethGrid. Within this subproject the aspired Sector Coupling and user behaviour in the local industrial Rhine port district are simulated based on real conditions and consumption data.
The research group ECEMS of the TU-Berlin has a unique and longstanding expertise in catalyst research and material science for electrochemical energy conversion and storage. The laboratory is equipped with a broad range of analytical instruments for electrochemical and physicochemical characterization. While investigating seawater electrolysis the ECEMS group developed and published a design criteria for selective seawater splitting into oxygen and hydrogen. In the group MethFuel, ECEMS will focus on the electrochemical production of hydrogen using just seawater as water resource.
The LVK does fundamental research on internal combustion engines. The main research areas are combustion system development for large bore gas engines, tribological investigations for the piston-liner interaction and renewable fuels for lowest emissions.
In the consortium MethPower the LVK will reveal the potential of an innovative RE-Hydrogen engine with high specific power density and lowest emissions for CHP application. This will be determined at a single cylinder research engine with external mixture formation.
In the consortium MethMare the LVK investigates a direct injecting high pressure dual fuel combustion system for renewable fuels like RE-methane or RE-methanol with an optical accessible research engine and numerical simulation. The goal is to show reliable high power and efficiency with lowest emission level.
The Institute for Combustion Engines (VKA) and the Chair of Technical Thermodynamics (LTT) together form the Institute for Thermodynamics, which is part of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the RWTH Aachen University. The VKA dedicates itself to research questions around the mobile powertrain in the facilities Center for Mobile Propulsion (CMP) and Fuel Science Center (FSC). In MethCar, the VKA is investigating the effects of EE-methane on injection systems and catalytic converters.
Woodward L’Orange, as a pioneer in state-of-the-art injection technology, has stood for innovative strength, knowledge and experience for more than 80 years. With over 1,000 employees and a long tradition, the company develops, produces and sells advanced injection systems worldwide for large engines in ships, power plants, heavy commercial vehicles and locomotives. In MethMare Woorward L’Orange will work on components for the high pressure direct injection of fuels produced with renewable power.
MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH
DVGW Research Center at the Engler-Bunte Institute,
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)