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Biomethane in the EDGaR program and at ECN
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ECN Biomass & Energy Efficiency 24-5-2014
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ECN-M--14-019 Conference Paper
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For decades, large natural gas supplies have made the Netherlands nearly self-sufficient in energy, with (net) export of natural gas balancing (net) import of other fossil fuels. Natural gas provides nearly half of the Dutch primary energy use and represents a significant contribution to the Dutch economy. Dwindling gas reserves force the country to consider its future energy provision and position in the global energy market. The Energy Delta Gas Research (EDGaR) program aims to deliver scientific and technological input to the discussion and decision process. The program is a joint effort of the major Dutch companies which trade, transport and distribute natural gas, of three universities and three research institutes. It runs for a period of five years, from 2010 to 2014, and has a total research budget of 42 million Euros. More details on the EDGaR program, organization, participants and projects can be found on The program motto is “the role of gas in the transition to a sustainable energy supply”. The motto reflects two basic ideas. On the one hand, biomethane will play a part in the sustainable energy supply [1]. On the other hand, gas from fossil origin will be needed for many more years to fill the gap between energy demand and supply, and to provide back-up capacity and thus enable the use of intermittent renewable energy sources. The EDGaR program encourages multi-disciplinary research, covering technical, economic, social and legal aspects on three themes: 1. From monogas to multigas 2. Future energy systems 3. Changing gas markets. In total, 30 projects have been granted. This article presents a short overview of biomethane related subjects covered within EDGaR projects. More detailed information will be given on projects which involve research on the production of bioSNG, i.e. SNG (= Substitute/Synthetic Natural Gas) produced by gasification of biomass followed by catalytic conversion of the producer gas to methane.

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