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.
Energinet has several projects nessecary for bringing biomethane to the high pressure grid. The technical solutions chosen are individually designed for all projects minimizing TOTEX and ensure high security for the grid to absorb the biomethane production, e.g. In low demand season (in summer season). The technical solutions also require implementing new kind of technologies (e.g. small compressors and deodorisation plants)
In the biogas network in Twente, 'raw' biogas will be transported from producers to a reprocessing plant, where it will be upgraded to green gas. Cogas and Gasunie New Energy are developing the biogas network in Twente in a joint venture.
At Enagás, we take advantage of our experience to offer energy solutions that make our world a more sustainable place. This is part of our commitment to non-electric renewable energies, such as biomethane or hydrogen.
The energy transition has consequences for all players in the market, and as a result costs have been rising. Individual stakeholders like Open Grid Europe are responding to this development in very different ways. Gas trading and storage, transmission capacities and, not least, costs: our video shows you what links up to what and how Open Grid Europe is attempting to counter the cost explosion resulting from the energy transformation with efficient products and intelligent solutions.
The project aims to make efficient biomass gasification applicable on an industrial scale. The installation will further investigate the MILENA, OLGA and ESME technologies developed by ECN and DRT. These technologies can convert biomass into renewable energy in the form of green gas with a very high efficiency (around seventy per cent) and without harmful environmental effects.
Gas for Climate is a consortium created in 2017 consisting of European TSOs (Snam, Enagás, Energinet, Fluxys, Gasunie, GRTgaz, ONTRAS, Open Grid Europe, Swedegas, and Teréga) and two renewable gas industry associations (Consorzio Italiano Biogas and European Biogas Association). In 2020 the consortium published the Gas Decarbonisation Pathway 2020-2050 study by Guidehouse (formerly Navigant), analysing the transition towards the lowest cost climate neutral system by 2050. Such a fully integrated energy system was described in the Gas for Climate study published in 2019.
Biomethane has been connected from a farm in Cambridgeshire to the Gas National Transmission System (NTS) for the first time at the end of July 2020. Murrow Anaerobic Digestion Plant in Cambridgeshire operated by Biocow Ltd produces the renewable gas made from cattle manure and straw. The pipeline will support flows of up to 15,000 standard cubic metres per hour, enough for the annual gas consumption of 10 average households every hour.
The development of green gas market brings Lithuania closer to the task of reducing climate change impacts and becoming the country of green energy. Amber Grid from 1 June 2019 administers the National Register of GOs of gas produced from RES, in other words, performs the functions of issue, transfer and cancel of Guarantees of Origin (GO), and supervises and controls the use of GOs as well as provides the recognition of imported GOs.
Pegasus Project aims to produce 100% renewable methane on an industrial scale through an integrated system of conversion of water to hydrogen through RES powered electrolysis and CO₂ supply from biomethane upgrading processes with subsequent methanation and feeding into SGI transport network with access to all services of the gas system.
Ervia and Gas Networks Ireland are investigating the potential for a large-scale CCS project in Ireland to capture the CO2 from a number of gas-fired CCGT power plants so that they provide low-carbon electricity. Initial findings suggest that CCS may be technically and economically viable for Ireland and over the next few years Ervia will progress feasibility studies into the technology for Ireland.