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Number 1 (February 2012)

Editorial

We are pleased to present the first issue of the newsletter! It will spread information pertaining to the Energy Delta Gas Research (EDGaR) on a quarterly basis. There are now 28 research projects up and running thanks to the 250 researchers of the program. On the agenda, the next main event is the Fourth Research Day, which will be held on 19 April 2012. And for doctoral students, the summer school World Society and Energy Transition is open to registration. (Should you have idea for the improvements of this newsletter, do not hesitate to share your ideas with us.)

Fourth Research Day

The Fourth Research Day will be held on 19 April 2012. Workshops will be organized to discuss the most important research progresses. Participants are invited to submit an abstract (100-250 words in English, with a title and contact details).We encourage abstract written at the project level. It is also possible to showcase a poster (which can have been prepared for another conference) or to make a special presentation of a research (for example a simulation model running on a computer). Send your propositions to Jean-François Auger before 15 March 2012. Further details about the venue and the program will be announced in a timely fashion.

Cooperations

To strengthen its position in Europe and in the Netherlands, EDGaR has started to engage collaborations with third parties. Here is a brief presentation of these parties with whom we are discussing with. The Deutsche Verein des Gas- und Wasserfaches (DVGV), a technical organization, sponsors researches on gas. The Danish company Dong Energy, active in all part of the production chain, has also a sub-program on gas. The Energy Delta Institute, an institution for professional training, employs several analysts of the gas market. The research program Flexigas subsidizes researches on the biogas network.We hope to formalize and deepen further the collaboration with these parties. Cooperation may take the form of joint conferences, networking and information exchange about gas and sustainability.

Knowledge valorization

Several dozens of research results within the research program will have an impact outside of the scientific and technical community. EDGaR has started to stimulate knowledge valorization by organizing a thematic day on this subject. Six research leaders (Frits Bakker, René Hermkens, Martin Hommes, Erik Polman, Luc Rabou, Hans Wortmann) were invited to expound the expected results of 14 research project and the knowledge valorization thereof. Members of EDGaR Board of Directors and of the Bureau (Jean-François Auger, Michiel van Dam, Paul Hesselink, Roelf  Venhuizen, Ulco Vermeulen, Catrinus Jepma) were making suggestions for the way ahead. They were positive about the results being obtained so far.

This first day has been devoted to researches in the domain of natural and engineering sciences. Expected results are for example a new gas sensor, new industrial standard for gas quality, new measurements techniques of gas emissions and simulation models for the gas grid. Some of these results may be commercialized in partnership with companies active in chip manufacturing, instruments making and computer programming companies. Standards may be proposed to international and national standards associations. The forthcoming thematic day on knowledge valorization will be held in the coming months with the remaining research leaders. It will deal with researches in economics, management and law.

Innovation contracts

The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation has launched a strategic initiative to reinforce the economic competitivity of the Netherlands. The Innovation Contracts (Innovatiecontracten) will subsidize cutting edge research in ten economic domains of strategic importance.The Ministry will decide about the accepted proposals by mid-April 2012. Representatives of the EDGaR program participated recently to a working day about the gas sector reseach proposal at Enexis' headquarters.

The vision of the proposal is that gas will play an important role in the transition towards the use of sustainable energies. Four themes ensure solid foundations to the research program: gas to power and power to gas; green gas; small scale light natural gas; and upstream gas. These foundations are crossed by the themes of system integration, in sight of the creation of a Dutch gas hub for Europe, and the social aspects of the new gas technologies. The budget of the proposal is of 243 millions euros spread over the period randing from 2012 up to 2016.

World Society and Energy Transition

EDGaR encourages doctoral and postdoctoral students to register to the summer school on the theme of World Society and Energy Transition. Energy transition cannot be discussed in isolation, neither from other international and national concerns, nor from economic, ecological, societal and military-political developments. Academic studies on energy transition need to transcend current scholarly divisions. The European International Relations Summer School 2012 intends to tackle this complexity by taking an interdisciplinary approach to the study of energy transition. Registration is now open and closes on 27 February 2012. Learn more about the summer school.

Enipedia

Enipedia

Researchers at Delft University of Technology are publishing an original encyclopedia on energy, Enipedia. It is an active exploration into the applications of wikis and the semantic web for energy and industry issues. It seeks to create a collaborative environment for discussion while also providing the tools that allows for data from different sources to be connected, queried and visualized from different perspectives. Enipedia contains several data pertaining to the gas industry. Alfred Chmieliauskas, Chris Davis and Gerard Dijkema are leading the project are leading the project. Read the encyclopedia

Special issue on EDGaR

TBM Quarterly

The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management has published a special issue on researches carried out by its staff within the EDGaR program. It contains a broad presentation of the research program and interviews with researchers such as Rolf Künneke and Margot Weijnen. The issue gives further details about projects carried out by Paulien Herder, Bernard van Dam, Gerard Dijkema, Mark de Bruijne, Martijn Goenler, Aad Correljé, Kas Hemmes, Alfred Chmieliauskas and Catalin Bucura. Albert van der Molen, Rob de Wolf and Martien Visser are giving their perspective about the participation of Stedin and Gasunie to the research program. Read the special issue

Prizes, awards and nominations

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

Sensor for gas measurements. Sebastiaan VoorderhakeSebastiaan Voorderhake, master student at Delft University of Technology, won the best poster award from the Dimes Day 2011 conference. His research was exposed on a poster titled ‘Sensor platform for gas composition measurement’, co-authored by  Ger de Graaf, Frits Bakker and Reinoud  Wolffenbuttel.

About people

Board of Governors. Robert Kleiburg is the new representative for ECN at the meetings of the Board of Governors of EDGaR. Kleiburg is the director of research and development, covering all aspects of energy research, at ECN since June 2011.

First thesis. Daniel Scholten, assistant professor at Delft University of Technology, will defend the first doctoral thesis to come out of the EDGaR research program on Friday, 29 June at 12.30 in Delft. His dissertation focuses on the coevolution between institutions and technology in general and on how government policy makers can best facilitate such a coevolution.

Proposal submitted. Thijs Jong, doctoral candidate at the University of Groningen, has submitted his research proposal for approval by the study commission of the Faculty of Law. His research will analyzes the inefficiencies in the regulation of gas, power and carbon markets in Europe.

SNG impact. Luc Rabou (ECN) will temporarily assume the direction of the research project ‘SNG impact’ (B12). He replaces Ruben Smit, who left ECN to start an new position at Shell.

EDGaR Bureau. Magriet Halbersma started to ensure secretarial work for EDGaR’s bureau since September 2011. She has previously worked for another research group of the University of Groningen and in a lawyer’s cabinet.