Aware of the changing framework conditions in the energy sector, the hitherto dominant players are attempting to adapt to the new situation. At the beginning of November 2021, the German national mineral oil industry association (Mineralölwirtschaftsverband, MWV) and the national institute for heating and mobility (Institut für Wärme und Mobilität, IWO) announced that they wanted to work together from now on as the association en2x, officially Wirtschaftsverband Fuels und Energie eV, in order to, as they say, “accelerate the clean energy transition.” The name en2x derives from energy-to-X, that is, the conversion of a primary energy source into any other energy carrier for application or storage of that energy.
OWI Oel-Waerme-Institut underwent business restructuring at the end of 2015: Since Nov. 17, 2015, the RWTH Aachen affiliate has had a new parent company in Tec4Fuels. The new and sole head of the business venture is David Diarra. The engineer has been a long-time employee of OWI and had shared management of the company with Dr. Klaus Lucka until last October. Lucka had been OWI’s CEO for 15 years and is now a managing partner of Tec4Fuels. The other partner of Tec4Fuels is the Institute for Heating and Oil Technology.