INNOVATIVE PROJECTS PLATFORM

TECHNOLOGY

Technology

The natural gas industry in and around Europe is going through a period of unprecedented change. Investment into R&D pilot and demonstration projects is essential as it creates the opportunity for new and improved technologies, which are vital in enabling the transition to decarbonization of the gas sector. ENTSOG Members (TSOs) are developing new and innovative technologies to offer sustainable solutions for the gas sector. These technologies focus on optimization of the grid usage, creation of digital layer connections and support decarbonization of the EU gas system. Please find specific examples in the list provided below.

Gas Connect Austria GmbH

Wind2hydrogen

The Wind2Hydrogen pilot facility in Auersthal, Lower Austria was in operation from January 2014 until the end of 2017. It converted power from wind turbines into transportable, storable hydrogen using a new, specially developed electrolysis process that responds very quickly to changing loads from a wind farm, and can economically produce high pressure of around 165 bar. 

Contact: robert.paulnsteiner@gasconnect.at

Ontras Gastransport GmbH, Open Grid Europe

ONTRAS and Open Grid Europe partner with Volkswagen

Strategic partnerships with with the goal of expanding the current CNG-fueling station infrastructure. Increasing the amount of biomethane in CNG offers massive potential for CO2 reductions. Therefore, ONTRAS aims to ensure that the highest-possible share of biomethane will be offered at its fueling stations.

Contact: ralf.borschinsky@ontras.com

GRTGaz

Standardised quality measurements for European biomethane (RICE)

This project aims to develop new techniques to measure the level of various compounds – compounds that may have an impact over a certain concentration – before injection of the biomethane into the network.

Contact: jeanmarc.brimont@grtgaz.com 

BAYERNETS GMBH

Intelligent sector coupling with gas

As a member of the association of transmission system operators (FNB Gas), bayernets stands for intelligent sector coupling with gas.

Contact : Stefanie.Jacobi@bayernets.de

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Elering AS

Biomethane registry

In order for biomethane to reach consumers, Elering will create efficient conditions for biomethane producers to connect to the gas network, advise producers on finding connection options, and allow filling stations to quickly join new and existing gas networks. In addition, Elering will create and implement a certificate of origin system to verify the origin of gas for consumers.

Contact: vreni.veskimagi@elering.ee

Snam Rete Gas S.p.A.

I-GAP project

The project aims to develop the technology of small gas absorption heat pumps (GAHP) to offer an economically sustainable and easily integrated solution for heating residential buildings. In particular, the project will quantify the energy, environmental and infrastructural benefits deriving from the widespread application of this technology.The main advantages of this technology are the ease of installation, lower operating costs and lower emissions of climate-changing gases. Duration: 01 October 2016 - 04 June 2020

Contact: Giovanni.Angius@snam.it

Open Grid Europe GmbH

Future role of gas

The future waits for no one. This also goes for gas transportation. If we don't become involved it will simply happen without as. The future starts now, and all of us play a part and are being challenged.

Contact: Helmut.Roloff@open-grid-europe.com

Enagás S.A.

SUN2HY (Sun to Hydrogen)

This project focuses on the development of a disruptive photoelectrochemical cell that will be used as a reactor for the direct transformation of solar into chemical energy. Innovative materials and new structures are used achieving a remarkable efficiency. This promising technological route allows the competitive industrial production of clean and storable fuels directly from sunlight and water. The project started in September of 2018 and will last for 2 years. The main partners leading the project are Repsol and Enagas.
 

Contact: bruiz@enagas.es

National Grid Gas

Hydrogen in the NTS

National Grid are partnering with the Health & Safety Executive to undertake a technical evaluation of the capability of the UK’s National Transmission System (NTS) to transport hydrogen. This project will run up to Spring 2019 and will generate a deeper understanding of how introducing hydrogen will affect gas transmission assets physically; and of the standards required to facilitate hydrogen introduction. The project will also use the findings to evaluate potential UK sites which could demonstrate hydrogen introduction at scale, further advancing the UK’s green energy ambitions.

Contact: Lloyd.Mitchell@nationalgrid.com

TERÉGA

Energy efficiency R&D

Energy efficiency is extremely important for Teréga, which obtained its ISO 50001 certification in 2014. There are many R&I projects under this theme, focusing on: the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (collection and reinjection of emissions into adjacent pipes for transportation and storage). Once implemented, the solutions studied should allow an 80 to 85% reduction of annual emissions compared to 2015, due to venting.

Contact: cecile.boesinger@terega.fr