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Number 15 (June 2015)

Editorial

In 2006, the first ideas about a national research program came up. It was called Gas Research and Sustainability Program (GRASP). Four years later, we finally started it under the name of Energy Delta Gas Research (EDGaR). Nearly a decade after the original idea, this national gas research program draws to a successful end. EDGaR has delivered the results of 30 research projects. The last step is the final approval of the use of the subsidy, eventually by Brussels.

We are very proud of the results! Participating researchers produced over 780 scientific outputs and 125 innovations. Even more publications will follow... We have built a strong national research community that will last the coming years. And together, we have changed the landscape of the gas sector, at least in the Netherlands, making it a more integrative part of the overall energy system and giving it a stronger green and sustainable potential.

We thank all EDGaR researchers who have contributed to the program over the years! We express our gratitude to all administrative staff who, from the very beginning in 2008, already invested time in setting up the right framework to handle all financial issues and made that work the past five years. We thank the members of the Board of Governors, the International Advisory Board, the Program Steering Committee, the Advisory Council, the research leaders, the strategy and communication staff, the secretaries... All these people made EDGaR work! 

Thank you all! We’ll see you in a bright new gas future! 

Prof. Dr. Catrinus Jepma, Scientific Director
Dr. Bert Wiersema, Business Director

Results of the research program

The research program will terminate formally on 1 July. With its research program, EDGaR has realized major scientific and technical advances on seven topics:

Production of green gas. New technologies developed by EDGaR’s researchers make more efficient use of biomass and at lower operation costs than existing technologies. By improving the production of biogas, they will contribute to an increase in renewable energy production.

Impact of new gases on the infrastructure. Researchers have found under which conditions new gases can be injected in the network while preserving the integrity of the infrastructure and the safety of its operation. These results are valuable with regards to the fact that the gas infrastructure is worth several billion euros.

Impact of new gases on end-user appliances. Researchers have carried experiments on the combustion properties of a large range of gas mixtures. They discovered how new gases can be injected into the grid without undermining the performance and deteriorating the components of end-user appliances.

Methods for the determination of gas composition. These new methods determine whether new gases meet admission requirements in the network and can be used to control the behavior of end-user equipment. They will serve to establish new industrial standards in the Netherlands and Europe.

System integration of gas. Researchers of EDGaR have developed computer models to optimize biogas networks, information systems to coordinate decentralized energy production and technologies for the storage of excess of energy production. All these findings will facilitate the integration of gas in the energy system of the future.

Economic aspects. Researchers have designed new institutional arrangements for the governance of the future gas market. Moreover, they provide valuable indications on future scenarios and the geopolitical dimensions thereof. Most of these results are pertinent for the coordination of decentralized, small-scale and participatory renewable energy networks.

Legislation and regulation. Researchers identified which laws and regulations should be changed or amended to accommodate new gas quality. They explained how to determine liabilities in case of damage and give third party access rights for the injection of biogas. Several recommendations are and will be taken into consideration by the Dutch legislator.

European Research Institute for Gas and Energy Innovation

ERIG

The European Research Institute for Gas and Energy Innovation (ERIG) has been launched on 2 June at the 26th World Gas Conference in Paris. Six leading European research and development organizations — including the Energy Delta Gas Research — established this network to foster the role of gas and innovative gas technologies in the future energy system.

ERIG is a non-profit network that serves as a focal point for European collaboration in research and innovation by planning and executing research and development in the field of sustainable and innovative gas technologies. ERIG members represent national technical and scientific gas organizations and associations.

Via its members, ERIG is directly linked to existing research and development structures in European countries such as research facilities, universities and industry. The members represent in particular the requirements of energy and gas in Northern–Western Europe. The research portfolio of ERIG members covers all aspects from the production of gas through to gas utilization in different markets.

About people

The Bureau. With the end of the research program, some members of the Bureau of EDGaR will resume their activities. Jean-Francois Auger has managed the program since 2010. Albertha Bloemhoff and Wibe Snelting have provided assistance in communication and management respectively. The secretariat and the direction will remain active until the disbanding of the foundation in 2016.

Gas composition. During the symposium Gassamenstelling in Amersfoort on 28 May, Aad Correljé, Hans de Laat, Sander Gersen and Johannes de Bruin incorporated some results of EDGaR research projects in their presentations. All presentations are available for download at the symposium website.

The next fifty years. Kas Hemmes's research team has interviewed gas experts and stakeholders and engaged with them in two dialogue workshops. This resulted in the description of six perspectives on the future of gas in the Netherlands. Read the (Dutch) report.

To the UK. Jan Hessels Miedema will give a presentation entitled 'Gasification technology in waste treatment: a superstructure approach' at the International Society for Industrial Ecology 2015.

Croatia. Jan Hessels Miedema will also be speaking about social acceptance of large scale synthetic natural gas production at the 10th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems 2015, in Dubrovnik.