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.
Porthos focuses on transporting and storing CO2 that is captured by various companies. The companies will supply their CO2 to a collective pipeline that runs through Rotterdam port area. The CO2 will then be pressurised in a compressor station, transported through an offshore pipeline to a platform in the North Sea and pumped in an empty gas field. In its early years, the project will be able to store 2 to 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
The Athos project aims to develop a public CO2-distribution network in the North Sea Canal area, enabling CCUS: the capture and transport of CO2, for usage or to be stored in empty gas fields under the North Sea. By doing so, Athos makes an important contribution to the Dutch climate objectives.
Project envisages construction of a 2 km hydrogen pipeline and facilities connecting Green H2 production plant of Società Chimica Bussi (SCB) to SGI high-pressure gas network. This connection will provide:
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.
The project calls for the first hydrogen cavern to be operational around 2030. The location and geological conditions allow for the creation of a storage facility of key importance to the energy security of Poland and the construction of the entire hydrogen economy. The storage facility can ideally fit into hydrogen clusters that will be created around industrial centers as well as offshore and renewable energy storage facilities.
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 transportation grid consists of the CO2 starter grid and expansion routes. With a length of 964 km, the planned CO2 starter grid is set to transport 18.8 million tons of CO2 in future. Locations are connected where CO2 is captured, such as the cement and lime industries, with places where CO2 is used, like the chemical industry – all with the goal of a circular economy. Locations are linked up where CO2 is captured with relevant port facilities like Wilhelmshaven.
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).
H-vision is working to set up plants that will soon be supplying industry with low-carbon hydrogen. This unique partnership extends through the entire chain, and includes three refineries, electric power companies and a number of knowledge partners that collaborate to accelerate the development of the new network. The first plant, with a capacity of approximately 750 MW, will be completed by late 2026. A second hydrogen plant can increase the total capacity to over 1,500 MW. In partnership with, Deltalinqs, Air Liquide, BP, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, ONYX-Power Rotterdam, EBN, Equinor, Shell, Uniper, Royal Vopak and ExxonMobil.