ENTSOG and its Members (TSOs) invites you to a new interactive platform called Innovative Projects Platform. 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.
The result is the creation of a public platform for communication and exchange of best practices applied at national level.
These innovative solutions focus on biogas, power to gas, hydrogen, CNG and other innovative applications to support the achievement of the current EU goals of reducing GHG emissions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SNAM and Microsoft launch the first joint project on Cloud and IoT for the technological and sustainable development of energy networks. The “Hybrid Cloud” infrastructure will allow to leverage greater data processing capacity and IoT to manage network in an increasingly efficient and flexible way. The synergy will create a digital architecture capable of delivering some services from the Cloud, including commercial applications serving users of the gas system.
GRTgaz SA and Creos Deutschland GmbH are collaborating to create a 100% pure hydrogen infrastructure, connecting the Saar (Germany), Lorraine (France) and the Luxembourg border. This 70 km-long infrastructure will be capable of transporting up to 20,000 m³/h (60 MW) of pure hydrogen via retrofitted existing gas pipelines.
Hydrothermal gasification is a technology converting wet biomass and treating organic wastes and residues. It uses the water contained into the biomass as the reaction environment in its supercritical phase to produce a synthesis gas. In Europe, several stakeholders are developing or currently operating pilot plants of this technology. The technology could reach industrial scale by 2023-25 with modular installations scaled between 0,5 and 6 t/h.
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The overall objective of the project is to increase knowledge about the accuracy and durability of commercially available gas meters after exposure to renewable gases (biogas, biomethane, hydrogen, syngas and mixtures with natural gas). This should lead to the improvement of existing meter designs and flow calibration standards. The project started in June of 2019 and will last for 3 years, and is funded by the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR).
In western France West Grid Synergy aims to design and experiment smart grid solutions to maximise biomethane injection into the transmission and distribution systems. This project essentially inaugurated the first reverse flow of locally produced biomethane from distribution to transmission in France.
Hydrogen from a large-scale electrolysis shall be injected into the gas transmission network of ONTRAS. The energy will be commercially offered to reduce the CO2 footprint of private households. At later stages the hydrogen ratio in the gas supply of a community will be increased with the target of eventually switch to a 100% hydrogen.
Creos is making extensive investments in its natural gas networks. SMARTY is a new smart gas meter which measures the gas consumption in each home. Whether via customer's wired or wireless gas meter, the meter data is always transferred to your smart electricity meter and then, via the existing electricity network, to the central system managed by Luxmetering and finally to the gas supplier. This process is referred to as communication via power line carriers.
Hydrogen is produced by a 35 MW electrolyser, which is directly connected to a wind farm. The pure hydrogen is stored in a nearby salt cavern. The transport between the underground storage and the end users for the hydrogen inside an existing industrial area is provided by a converted natural gas pipeline.
Snam has launched its experiment of introducing a 5% hydrogen and natural gas blend into the Italian gas transmission network. The experiment, the first of its kind in Europe, is being conducted in Contursi Terme, and involves the supply of H2NG (a blend of hydrogen and gas) to two industrial companies in the area: a pasta factory and a mineral water bottling company.
Nuon / Vattenfall, Gasunie New Energy and the Norwegian energy company Equinor are working together on the conversion of the Magnum power station in Eemshaven. It is planned that the first three units of the power plant that are currently still powered by natural gas will be converted to run on hydrogen between 2023-2025. The Magnum power plant will deliver 440 megawatts per unit.