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.
An autonomous fuel cell system developed jointly by several research partners does a quiet job of converting diesel fuel into electrical energy – without the help of an engine or generator. When the project supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy reached its conclusion, the technical maturity of the system was demonstrated with success during stand-alone operation of the fuel cell stack and the power module.