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The path of natural gas from extraction to consumer


21% of today's energy consumption in the Federal Republic of Germany is covered by the use of natural gas. Worldwide, natural gas has now reached a respectable share of 25% of primary energy consumption. These figures prove that an economical and at the same time environmentally and climate-friendly energy supply with the key energy natural gas must be an important aspect of the training of future engineers in the energy sector. The development of efficient transport, storage and distribution technologies is an important step towards an environmentally friendly energy supply.

Engineers have very good career opportunities if, in addition to broad technical knowledge, they also have a sound knowledge of economic interrelationships. Students should be taught the necessity of linking innovative technology with economic efficiency. The idea of technical and economic optimisation should also play a central role in practice-oriented research.

The energy industry is undergoing a rapid process of change from a monopolistically oriented structure to more competition. This leads to new business processes and business forms on the energy market, such as transmission through external energy networks and the formation of new corporate structures. The inclusion of this topic in the teaching and research content will be a further focal point.

Working priorities in the field of gas supply economics

The following questions, which we want to deal with both in the lectures and in an intensive internship as well as in practice-oriented research projects and diploma theses, are at the centre of the teaching and research field of gas supply economics.


  • Thermodynamic and stratification fundamentals of gas supply (real gas behaviour even at high Drücken)
  • Technical and economic optimization of gas pressure control and measuring systems
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    >Improvement of the separation efficiency and reduction of pressure losses in filter and separator systems
  • Improvement of the thermal efficiency of heating systems.
  • Calculation and economic design of gas transport and gas distribution systems
  • Pressure and flow measurements in gas networks for the assessment of the actual temperature and flow rate of gas.Condition and security of supply
  • Renovation of gas networks from a technical and economic point of view
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  • optimizing the use of gas storage facilities for the reduction of storage operating costs and cavity convergence
  • determining load profiles in the determination of transmission charges



1. Fundamental subject Strömungstechnik according to the Diploma Study Regulations 2002 in the 2nd semester of 2002. Semester
  In the basic subject stress engineering the laws of stationary and moving fluids are treated.
The contents of the courses are preferably presented and studied in a practical manner using examples of supply systems and system components such as tanks, pipes and ducts. In the practical course, the students will conduct metrological investigations on stratigraphic questions of supply engineering.

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