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Innovations for the transition towards the use of sustainable energy

2015-03-01

EDGaR releases a portfolio of 125 innovations that contains strategic advice, processes, services and products.

A researcher at Kiwa is collecting data to measure the performance of an end-user gas appliance A researcher at Kiwa is collecting data to measure the performance of an end-user gas appliance

EDGaR’s portfolio contains a broad range of innovations for the technical components of the gas supply chain. They are about the production of renewables gas such as biogas, hydrogen and substitute natural gas. They include methods to inject these into the gas transmission grid. Finally, they deal with the impact of sustainable gases on the pipeline system up to the end-user appliances. 

At system level, some innovations will facilitate the integration and coordination of the gas infrastructure with the production of electricity out of renewables. They will enable a decentralized production of energy. Finally, several innovations pertain to public policy advice, legislation and regulation, as well as management practices for the deployment and operation of a sustainable gas system.

EDGaR’s partners are exploring the market value of some innovations. They have submitted patent applications that are currently under examination or have been granted. Gas companies, manufacturers of equipment and appliances, investors and entrepreneurs can catch the opportunities offered by the portfolio of innovations. They can enter into contact with EDGaR’s partners to explore business opportunities for the development and realization of these innovations. 

Examples of innovations

Gasboard, a serious game on tomorrow’s gas infrastructure, has been developed under the direction of Marcel Volkerts (DNV GL on behalf of Gasunie). It can be used for identifying, analyzing and validating the behavior and strategies of stakeholders of the new gas grid. 

The BioBTX washing process, which removes chemical components from biomass during the production of biogas, has been developed under the direction of Bram van der Drift (ECN). It reduces bioSNG production costs, produces a chemical component and, possibly, simplifies the whole process.

Superwind, a method for the flexible co-production of hydrogen and electric power, has been developed under the direction of Kas Hemmes (Delft University of Technology). It enables the integration of fluctuating renewable energy out of solar and wind sources, while producing hydrogen that can be use in fuel cells for transportation.

Decentralized gas storage, a set of strategic advices, has been developed under the direction of Wim van Gemert (Hanze University of Applied Sciences). It consists of technological, economic and legal parameter to enable the operation of decentralized gas distribution systems. 

By Jean-François Auger