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Towards sustainable gas distribution systems

How to support investment decisions of Dutch gas distribution companies?

Rolf Künneke (Photo: EDGaR/Jan Buwalda)

Summary 

This research project provides insights into the technical and institutional features of a robust and sustainable gas distribution system based on climate neutral gaseous energy carriers. The main objectives are manifold: to elaborate the technical and institutional features of robust and sustainable gas distribution systems, in order to support investment strategies of Dutch gas network companies; to make technical and institutional design of sustainable gas distribution systems in the Netherlands; and to provide insights into possible technical and institutional transition paths that support the development towards sustainable gas distribution systems. Moreover, the research project will provide answer to important questions. What are the functional requirements of future gas networks? What kind of technological developments are desirable or necessary to make the gas infrastructure suitable for the transport and distribution of a wider range of gasses, while maintaining an acceptable level of safety and reliability? What institutional arrangements are necessary or desirable in order to support or facilitate the technical changes of the gas network? How can network companies in their current investment decisions anticipate the functional requirements of future gas networks?

Theme: Future energy systems
Project leader: Dr. Rolf Künneke (Delft University of Technology)
Partners: Delft University of Technology, KIWA, Enexis, LianderStedinv Budget: 2 million euros
Duration: January 2010 / April 2015

Participants

Errit Bekkering (Delft University of Technology)
Timothy Cayford (Delft University of Technology)
Arend Herwijn (Kiwa)
Rolf Künneke (Delft University of Technology)
Daniel Scholten (Delft University of Technology)
Erik Polman (Kiwa)
Kees Pulles (Kiwa)
Taede Weidenaar (University of Twente)

Book chapter

Scholten, Daniel. ‘Energy transition governance paradigms and their impact on green innovation processes.’ In Secure Oil and Alternative Energy: The Geopolitics and Energy Paths of China and the European Union, edited by M. Amineh and Y. Guang, ch. 10. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012.

Article

Scholten, Daniel. "Structurele uitdaging voor Eurozone: Europa’s crises als afspiegeling van scheefgroei tussen Noord en Zuid." Internationale Spectator 66 (2012): 63–66.

Thesis

Weidenaar, Taede. “Designing the biomethane supply chain through automated synthesis.” Ph.D. diss., University of Twente, 2014. 

Working paper

Cayford, Timothy, Daniel Scholten. “Self-governance in community energy systems: an approach to assess the viability.” Working Papers of the Energy Delta Gas Research 5 (2014): 1–30.

Taede Weidenaar, Errit Bekkering, Rosemarie van Eekelen. 'Scenarios for the Dutch gas distribution infrastructure in 2050'. Working Papers of the Energy Delta Gas Research 1 (2012): 1-31.  

Proceedings

Weidenaar, Taede, Errit Bekkering, Juan M.Jaurequi Becker, Sipke Hoekstra and Mannes Wolters. “Finding robust investments for the Dutch gas distribution infrastructure in 2050 by a scenario study.” Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems (Guilin, 2013). 

Weidenaar, Taede, Sipke Hoekstra and Mannes Wolters. Development options for the Dutch gas distribution grid in a changing gas market. Paper presented at the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control (Delft: 2011). * Received a nomination for the best paper.

Other publication

Pulles, Kees. ‘Hoe verspreidt (bio)gas zich in de bodem?’ Nieuwsbrief Kenniscentrum Gasnetbeheer 2012-02 (2012): 2-3.

Ophoff, H.A. “Vergisting en groen gas invoeding modelleren met OptiNET.” Kenniscentrum Gasnetbeheer (December 2012).

Ophoff, H.A. “Nieuwe netwerken voor biogas.” Kenniscentrum Gasnetbeheer (July 2012).

Ophoff, H.A. “Scenario’s voor de Nederlandse gasdistributieinfrastructuur in 2050.” Kenniscentrum Gasnetbeheer (July 2012).

Scholten, Daniel. ‘The governance perspectives behind renewables.’ International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter (July 2012).

Poster

Pulles, Kees, Harald Ophoff. “Modelling the future energy infrastructure of two islands.” Enabling Sustainability with Gas: Closing Conference of the Energy Delta Gas Research, Amsterdam, March 2015.

Conference paper

Bekkering, Errit, Rosemarie van Eekelen, Taede Weidenaar. ‘Scenarios for the Dutch gas distribution infrastructure in 2050’. Themamiddag EDGaR, Apeldoorn, februari 2012.

Bekkering, Errit, Rosemarie van Eekelen, Taede Weidenaar. ‘Scenarios for the Dutch gas distribution infrastructure in 2050’. International Gas Union Research Conference 2011, Seoul, October 2011.

Cayford, Timothy. “Exploring self-governance in community energy systems: seeking out the boundaries and the implications.” Fifth Research Day of the Energy Delta Gas Research, Nunspeet, April 2013.

Cayford, Timothy, Arend Herwijn. “Socially responsible innovation in energy infrastructure.” Annual International Conference on the Economics of Infrastructures, Delft, May 2013. 

Cayford, Timoty, Esther Hardi. ‘Defining smart gas grids: A min/max approach: Bringing technology to societal values.’ World Gas Conference, Kuala Lumpur, June 2012.

Cayford, Timoty. ‘The synergy and mutualistic symbiosis of (bio)gas co-benefits & co-dependence between biogas production and the incumbent gas supply chain.’ GERG Academic Network Event, Brussels, June 2012.

Cayford, Timothy. ‘Minding the grids and gridding the minds: relations between scarcity and security: cases studies on the transformation of EU energy policy and EU food policy, 1999-2010.’ PhD seminar on natural gas and energy transitions, Energy Delta Convention, Groningen, November 2011.

Eekelen, Rosemarie van. “Smart green gas grid: slimmer gasnet voor inpassing van groen gas.” Congres Slimme Energie Infrastructuur, The Hague, January 2012.

Künneke, Rolf. ‘Maatschappelijk optimale energiedistributie : wat zijn de juiste strategische keuzes voor distributiebedrijven? ’. Themamiddag EDGaR, Apeldoorn, februari 2012.

Pulles, Kees. ‘Gasdistributienetten voor een duurzame toekomst: strategische en tactische keuzes’. Themamiddag EDGaR, Apeldoorn, februari 2012.

Scholten, Daniel. ‘The power of energy: what can IR theories teach us about energy-related patterns of cooperation and conflict between and among states and non-state actors?’ Political Science Etmaal Conference, Amsterdam, May 2012.

Weidenaar, Taede. "Designing the biomethane supply chain through automated synthesis." Sixth Research Day of the Energy Delta Gas Research, Nunspeet, April 2014.

Weidenaar, Taede. ‘Decision support tool for biomethane projects.’ Gerg Academic Network Event, Brussels, June 2012.

In the news

"new software for the design of biomethane networks." Energy Delta Gas Research, 23 April 2014.

"Amerikaan: 'Texel dé plek energie uit afval te maken'." Texselse Courant, 2 August 2013. 

Poruban, Steven. "Alternatives fuels for air, land." Oil and Gas Journal, 25 February 2013: 16. 

Vagus, Stephen. "Hydrogen fuel infrastructure in Netherlands faces serious challenges." The Hydrogen Fuel News, 28 September 2012.

"A difficult transition for hydrogen." Energy Delta Gas Research, 27 September 2012.

"Keeping an eye on reliability." Energy Delta Gas Research, 29 July 2012.