Number 8 (October 2013)

Gas Fuels Europe

The conference Gas Fuels Europe, the second joint conference of EDGaR and DVGW, will be held in Brussels on 28 and 29 November 2013. On the first day, top speakers will have a discussion on the strategy for a future program on gas innovation and sustainability that can contribute to achieving European Commission’s 20-20-20 goals. On the second day, researchers will showcase the most important results in this domain. This conference will contribute to broaden the scientific cooperation with potential European research partners. It includes a cocktail and a diner on Thursday evening. Register for free now!

Special projects

To use the remaining subsidy, EDGaR is organizing a call for special projects to the existing ones. The deadline is on 6 December 2013 at 12:00 o’clock. This round is also known as “pearl project,” with respect to the relative small budget and short time-frame of execution. Examples of pearls can be additional publications of unexpected results, connections between ongoing EDGaR projects, knowledge diffusion and knowledge valorization activities, performing additional laboratory experiments and tests, etc. Only EDGaR’s research leaders can submit a research proposal. For further information, contract Dr. Jean-François Auger, program manager.

Cluster meetings

To review the research program, the Program Steering Committee has started to visit the research teams on location during the cluster meetings. What are the results? How to work better together? Participants will exchange on the progresses made in their projects. A first meeting on the juridical aspects (projects B10 and C7) has been held in September in Groningen.

A second meeting on future-proof energy systems will be held at Kiwa Technology (Room C1, Wilmersdorf 50, Apeldoorn) on 15 November 2013, 10:30–17:00. Participants of the following projects are invited to join:

Forthcoming meetings will be communicated per project as the date and time will be known. Meetings will be on the production of green gas, the determination of gas quality, gas quality and gas devices, gas quality and infrastructure and the economic aspects of gas.

Short news

Sixth Research Day
The Sixth Research Day will be held in Nunspeet on 24 April 2014. The program will include key-note speakers, a poster session and three thematic sessions. The conference will showcase the most recent results obtained in the program. Book this date in your agenda!

Cooperation with TKI-Gas
EDGaR representatives have met last summer their homonyms of TKI-Gas to brainstorm about potential cooperation between the two programs. A few EDGaR’s researchers are already engaged in TKI-Gas projects.

Gas market interactions
The project Understanding gas sector intra-market and inter-market interactions, led by Gerard Dijkema, is in full motion. The optimization models as well as the dynamic balance models of the project have now proven to be reliable. Read on the advancement of this project on Delft University of Technology’s website.

On the other side of the street
The administrative offices of EDGaR have been moved to a temporary new building on the campus of the University of Groningen. Our new visiting address is Building 5223, room 0009, Blauwborgje 6, Groningen. Our postal, email and telephone details remain the same. You can still contact us at +31.(0)50.363.4219 or

About people

50 years of gas. Catrinus Jepma, scientific director of EDGaR, was interviewed by Karel Beckman, for “Het tweede leven van gas,” an insightful and well-written brochure on the future of gas. The brochure was published by one of our partners, Gasunie. Read the interview here. Dagblad van het Noorden will also soon be publishing interviews with Mr Jepma on gas.

Award winning paper. Jessica de Boer, a doctoral candidate at the Department of spatial planning and environment of University Groningen, and Christian Zuidema, an assistant professor in the same department, won the best paper prize for young academics at the AESOP-ACSP Joint Congress 2013 in Dublin. The title of this award winning paper: Towards an integrated energy landscape.

Emission trading. Thijs Jong, a doctoral student in law and economics at the University of Groningen, is a participant in the European Union Transaction Log (EUTL) Data Users Group. Together with his working group, he launched a European Union Emissions Trading Scheme database at the EUI Annual Climate Policy Conference 2013 in Florence.

Energy from waste. Tim Cayford, a doctoral student at Delft University of Technology, was interviewed by Texelse Courant on renewable solutions for the island energy needs. Read the interview.