To efficiently build on its Members efforts to promote or contribute to innovative technologies, regulation and business models, and partnerships across the value chain, ENTSOG have initiated the identification process to map TSOs’ partnerships on Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) activities for the energy transition.
The result is the creation of a public platform, the Innovative Projects Platform, for communication and exchange of best practices applied at national level.
These innovative solutions focus on hydrogen, CCS, biogas, power to gas and other innovative applications to support the achievement of the current EU goals of reducing GHG emissions and reaching the decarbonisation goal of net-zero by 2050.
Discover here how technologies can optimise the usage of the grid, make digital layer connections and support decarbonisation of the EU gas system. Technology R&D has a vital role in the energy transition. ENTSOG Members (TSOs) are developing new and innovative technologies to offer sustainable solutions for the gas sector.
Stay informed on how ENTSOG Members (TSOs) engage in development of the new energy products and services to foster uptake of renewable and decarbonised gases into the grid.
Hydrogen can be produced from diverse process technologies. Hydrogen can be produced via steam methane reforming and blended with natural gas to be transported via existing grid infrastructure and contribute towards decarbonisation.
Technological innovation is important for the transition to low carbon economy and combating climate change. New technologies such as power-to gas, biomethane, hydrogen, CNG will enable this transition.
Biogas is obtained via the anaerobic decomposition of the organic matter. After the process of upgrading, biogas becomes biomethane with the same quality standard as natural gas and can be transported via the existing grid infrastructure.
Carbon Capture and storage is the process of capturing waste CO2 from large point sources, such as fossil fuel power plants, transporting it to a storage site, and depositing it where it will not enter the atmosphere. The aim is to prevent the release of large quantities of CO2 into the atmosphere.
Power-to-gas is the conversion of electrical power into a gaseous energy carrier like e.g. hydrogen or methane. This technological concept is considered to be an important tool in the energy transition.
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is a fuel source that is made from compressing natural gas to less than 1% of its standard atmospheric volume. CNG combustion produces fewer undesirable gases than other fossil fuels.
Digitalisation can bring various benefits to day-to-day operations such as enhanced control over the gas quality and cost reductions. TSOs look at data-driven solutions to boost performance, efficiency and competitiveness.
Cutting the energy consumption in heating and cooling in buildings and industry can be achieved through various technologies. TSOs are working on developing cost-efficient solutions for the decarbonisation of this sector.
SunsHyne Corridor is a strategic infrastructure initiative that will enable the transport of green hydrogen, mainly via repurposed pipelines, from production areas in North Africa to demand centres in Central Europe. Five leading European gas transmission system operators - Snam, TAG, Eustream, NET4GAS and OGE - are working together to implement till 2030 this important segment of 3400 km length of the European Hydrogen Backbone. The SunsHyne Corridor enables supply to high-demand centres in Central Europe all along the route.
The Central European Hydrogen Corridor (CEHC) aims to create a hydrogen “highway“ in Central Europe for transporting hydrogen from major hydrogen supply areas in Ukraine to hydrogen demand clusters in Germany. The hydrogen corridor will also enable hydrogen transport between hydrogen production facilities and hydrogen consumers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. With an initial technical capacity of 144 GWh/d, the project aims to transport green hydrogen as of 2030.
The vision of the Czech German Hydrogen Interconnector (CGHI) initiative is to create a hydrogen interconnector to connect high potential hydrogen supply areas in Northern Germany and Baltics with expected high demand clusters in the EU (predominantly in South Germany and North Bohemia). Additionally, it will also enable connection of local suppliers and consumers along the corridor.
HyDeal is to enable hydrogen transport from Spain to France and, in a second step, to Germany. It aims for expansion with production in Tunisia and Italy, and transport via Italy.
The Renewable Gas Registry is a key function for the development of a renewable gas industry in Ireland. Gas Networks Ireland registers and issues certificates to Irish producers that inject renewable gas into the gas network. This includes biomethane, which is a renewable gas produced by anaerobic digestion of biodegradable matter that is then upgraded to network entry specifications prior to injection.
Together with partners New Power Pack, the Jülich Research Centre and the Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT, OGE are building and testing a demonstration plant for the production of biomethane as part of the so-called BiRG project. In several steps, biogenic residues are converted into biogas that can be fed into the pipeline system. The plant is scheduled for commissioning in 2022
PYCASSO looks at the potential to provide a mutualised territorial service of CO2 valorisation and storage for at least the 50 years to come. This programme enables the study of how South West France underground reservoirs, which have supplied France with gas for 60 years as well as the industrial basin that were built around this gas facility, can be a decarbonation solution of the industrial activity in the South West of France and the North of Spain.
In the ENERGY HUB we are not only dealing with ways of exporting CO2 to partner countries, but also with developing regional material cycles. Here, recycled carbon is a valuable and environmentally friendly alternative to oil, coal and natural gas - in the future also as a fuel and for plastics production.
A large scale CO₂ transport and storage service, the Aramis project is a cooperation between TotalEnergies, Shell, Energie Beheer Nederland (EBN) and Nederlandse Gasunie, aims to make a significant contribution to the energy transition by reducing CO₂ emissions for the hard-to-abate industries. It will do this by offering a decarbonisation solution for the industrial sectors by enabling the transport of CO₂ to depleted offshore gas fields under the North Sea.
The Northern Lights PCI is a commercial ship-based CO2 cross-border transport network. It connects European carbon capture initiatives with permanent carbon storage infrastructure under the Norwegian North Sea. PCI projects and participants can benefit from simplified permitting and the right to apply for EU funding from the Connecting Europe Facility programme. The Northern Lights PCI is linking project promoters located in seven European countries.