The Energy Delta Gas Research (EDGaR), a Dutch research consortium of ten enterprises and research institutes, coordinates the realization of scientific, applied and technological researches on gas and sustainability. Participants to the consortium come from the industry — Gasunie, GasTerra, Kiwa, Enexis, Liander and Stedin — and scientific institutions — ECN, University of Groningen, Delft University of Technology and Hanze University of Applied Sciences. Since its beginning on 1 January 2010, EDGaR has subsidized 29 original multidisciplinary projects in the domains of natural science, engineering and social sciences.
EDGaR’s goal is to make out a case for the energy future of the Netherlands, with respect to the use of sustainable energy sources. Moreover, EDGaR’s research program attempts at giving the Dutch gas industry a better position in the world and, more particularly, in Europe. It supports its research teams, in a spirit of cooperation and exchange of knowledge among them.
On August 2012 there were 29 research projects up and running on gas and sustainability. The theme on the transition from monogas to multigas gathers 13 projects, while the theme on the future of energy systems and the theme on changing gas markets gather both 8 projects. There are more than 190 researchers scattered about the Netherlands participating to EDGaR. Overall researches will generate more than 500 full time indirect employments. The total research budget is of 42 million euros. An additional 2 million euros account for management and knowledge diffusion.
EDGaR is a non-profit research foundation. It is hosted by the Groningen Energy and Sustainability Programme (GESP), at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. It acts as a national research center of excellence on gas by bringing parties from Apeldoorn, Arnhem, Delft, Groningen and Petten. Moreover, it has a regional anchorage in the Energy Valley, a hub of enterprises, universities and regional governments in the North Netherlands that works in the energy industry, from gas production to gas pipelines, via research and development on gas.
For this reason, it receives funding from the Northern Netherlands Provinces, the European Fund for Regional Development of the European Union, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Province of Groningen.