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Number 11 (August 2014)

Research program

Meeting of the research leaders

The annual meeting of the research leaders will take place at the Regardz Eenhoorn Amersfoort, on 1 October 2014 from 14:00 to 17:00. The Program Steering Committee will meet the research leaders to discuss the closing of the projects, knowledge diffusion and valorization.The last date of reporting activity for the project has been set on 31 December 2014.

Societal impact

EDGaR has started to evaluate the societal impact of the research program. The innovation manager, Peter van Dijk, has listed 150 potential innovations that range from new biogas process to knowledge on material behaviour, from economic modelling to future vision of the gas industry. He sourced in project proposals, progress report, publications, posters, presentations and the like. Research leaders review the list for its accuracy.

In the meantime, EDGaR partners innovation and assets managers search for a number of business or value cases which implementation and operationalization may add value to society. In parallel, EDGaR surveys the impact of the program on the research workforce in the Netherlands. Preliminary results are expected by mid-September.

Your vision on the future of gas

In the future, will the gas infrastructure provide a backbone for renewable energy? Or will the Netherlands remain a prominent gas trader and user? We want to know what is your vision of this future. Thus far, the project “The next fifty years” has identified six perspectives. We have found them by analysing, with the Q-methodology, 57 interviews with experts of the gas industry.

Is your vision supporting one or more of these perspectives? Learn about them and tell us what you think: please fill in this five minute long questionnaire! Your answers will be used in workshops on 9 September and 24 October. Interested in it? You can register via the questionnaire. With your contribution, we will develop a robust strategy for the future of the gas sector in the Netherlands.

Conferences

Third Joint Conferencefoto Sixth Research Day

Building of DVGW's office in Brussels

“From monogas to multigas’’ will be the theme of the EDGaR-DVGW Third Joint Conference in Brussels on 27 and 28 November 2014. A dinner with a first introductory speech will be held on the 27th. The second day will be devoted to scientific research on gas innovation and sustainability with speakers from Germany, the Netherlands and other European countries.

International cooperation

Horizon 2020 calls

The Steering Committee of EDGaR and DVGW has met European partners in Brussels to discuss the Horizon 2020 program. It decided to form two teams to sketch outlines of proposals and to approach additional European partners. The calls are “Large scale energy storage” (LCE-9-2015) and “Modelling and analysing the energy system, its transformation and impacts” (LCE-21-2015). The European Commission has postponed the deadline for these two calls to 5 May 2015. Representatives of GERG, OVGW, Energy Valley and SGC were also around the table to discuss the content of the proposals.

Creating the Gas Revolution

The 3rd European Gas Technology Conference (EGATEC), MARCOGAZ and GERG, will take place in Vienna, Austria, on 25-26 November 2015. Gas is a part of our energy future, a partner of wind, water and the sun, efficient through new technologies and improves mobility. Gas is environmentally friendly and available. High level representatives from the European gas industry, universities, companies, and many other stakeholders will discuss the energy revolution with gas and its major challenges for Europe. EGATEC 2015 is jointly organized by Marcogaz and GERG and hosted by the Austrian Association for Gas and Water.

International Seminar on Gasification

The 8th International Seminar on Gasification of the Swedish Gas technology Centre (SGC) will take place on 15 and 16 October 2014 in Malmö. Leading international researchers will be presenting on biomass and waste gasification of various bio-fuels, bio-chemicals, heat- and power. For more details, see the program.

Looking for EU project partners

The Swedish Gas Technology Center (SGC) want to take an active part on the European scene. Accordingly, we continuously look for new EU project collaborations -- either as a coordinator or as a partner. SGC co-ordinate R&D within the field of energy gases and promote a widespread and efficient utilisation of gas since 1990. Their vision is, "Catalyzing energy gas development for sustainable solutions."

About people

A new research leader. Roy Fisher, project leader information management at Gasunie, has been named research leader of the project "Strategic information technology innovation orientation." This new project aims at "developing and acquiring awareness and knowledge on the strategic IT gas infrastructure issues at hand from a fundamental and business perspective.'' The professors Egon Berghout (University of Groningen) and Joe Peppard (European School of Management and Technology) contribute to the research.

To Groningen. Gerard Dijkema has been appointed professor of energy systems and industrial ecology as of 1 May 2014. The chair will operate as part of the Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Dijkema is also chair of the IVEM capacity group, which forms part of ESRIG.

To China. Pablo Ferrara has been appointed assistant professor at the University of Xiam in China. He is "the first Latin American with a permanent position at the School of Law of the University of Xiam", according to an Argentinian newspaper. He entered into function in July. He contributed to the project “The use of new energy ressources: the role of law and the impact on networks.”