An important financial contribution


The Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands, by confirming a subsidy, complete the financing of the research program

The Minister of Economic Affairs, Maria van der Hoeven, has decided to make a major contribution to the Energy Delta Gas Research (EDGaR). It is a contribution of ten million euro from the national compensation program for the building of the non-realized train line along the Zuiderzee. Last fall the Samenwerkingsverband Noord-Nederland (SNN) has confirmed ten million euro from the European Funds for Regional Development. In addition, the Province of Groningen has guaranteed two million euro. 

EDGaR ​​is a national consortium led by the Energy Delta Research Centre of the University of Groningen. It brings together the knowledge and expertise in the field of gas in the Netherlands to work towards a sustainable energy future. EDGaR's ambition is to become an international center of excellence in the field of gas and sustainability.


EDGaR’s partners include Gasunie, Kiwa Gastec, the distribution companies Enexis, Liander and Stedin, and the University of Groningen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences and Delft University of Technology, as well as ECN. EDGaR’s Board of Governors will be chaired by Roelf Venhuizen, the former general director of the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij. Recently GasTerra joined EDGaR. These partners have an innovative program in which they invest themselves 22 million euros. With a total of 44 million in investments, EDGaR is the largest research program on gas and sustainability in Europe. 

From gas to sustainability

From mono to multi-gas. Classical mono-gas disappears with the advent of new gas qualities such as green gas, hydrogen, synthetic gases, gas mixtures and substantial CO2 streams. They open the way to a multi-gas world.

Future-proof energy systems. The development and sustainability of gas and electricity systems is so far separated. EDGaR ​​will work on a smart link between the two worlds of gas and electricity. Thus a higher efficiency of the overall energy system can be achieved. This also leads to better use of renewable forms of energy whose pattern of production remains unpredictable, such as solar and wind.

Changing gas markets. Internationalization is a central concept of this third theme. There is an increasing attention to the dependence on foreign countries and the international operations of gas markets and the security of supply. EDGaR’s ambition is to develop innovation in an international context, such as to facilitate exportations from the Netherlands.

The goal is to begin the research program on 1 January 2010. 

By Bert Wiersema (translated from Dutch by Jean-François Auger)