FutureGas Newsletter #3
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FutureGas Newsletter

For a full year, the FutureGas project has been working on coordinated research across the gas sector to analyse how to utilize the gas grid. The project is funded by the Danish Innovation Fund and will run till 2020. The FutureGas project involves all major stakeholders within the Danish gas sector as well as several international partners and is probably the most ambitious project in recent time on the Danish gas grid. The spring of 2017 marks an import time for the project since the first project results and milestones are accruing. Since the last newsletter there has been held several workshops within the project and the first milestone reports are being published.

In this biannual newsletter, you can find the newest updates on the project.

News from the Project Management

Poul Erik Morthorst, professor at DTU Management Engineering:

The FutureGas project had its official beginning in February 2016 and we have established a successful environment for collaboration between partners, strengthening the interdisciplinary activities of the project.

In October 2016 we had a two-day retreat with all project partners. More than 40 persons attended to discuss the main roads for future gas scenarios. The first Advisory Board meeting was held in connection with the retreat. In January we had a very successful PhD-course with a broad range of participants, including FutureGas Partners, PhDs and PostDocs, but also attendants from outside the project.

The work packages count:
  • WP1 Gas Conditioning and grid operation
  • WP2 Quality requirements for end-use
  • WP3 Gas for transport
  • WP4 Gas in the integrated energy system
  • WP5 Advanced mathematical modelling
  • WP6 Markets and regulation
  • WP7 Future scenarios and Recommendations
For any questions concerning the FutureGas project please feel free to contact project manager Poul Erik Morthorst at
Progress made

Mapping report: “Danish natural gas utilisation today”
The objective of WP2 of the FutureGas project is to investigate the facilitation of the integration of gas in the future energy system(s) and the facilitation of a cost-efficient uptake of renewable gases. As part of this work package a group of researchers has established a map of the present gas utilisation with a gas quality perspective, resulting in the report: “Danish natural gas utilisation today: Mapping of the Danish natural gas utilisation and evolution”.

The mapping includes not only a segmentation by technology and type of user, but also figures about today’s market size. The work and conclusions from the report will be used further in the FutureGas project, especially for the modelling work.

Find the full report here.
For further information contact Jean Schweitzer, Dansk Gasteknisk Center:

Workshop: “Transport in integrated energy system modelling”
The interface between the electricity, heat and transport sectors becomes increasingly important, and so does the integrated modelling of these sectors. The modelling approaches, however, differ significantly. Therefore, a workshop on different transport modelling approaches were organized on the 26th of January. FutureGas partners DTU MAN, Danish Energy Association, EA Energy Analysis, and participated.

The participants are working with different aspects of transport modelling, varying from comprehensive transport models, which includes a detailed spatial representation of the transport sector, to energy system models simulating the transport sector in a simplified and aggregated manner.

At DTU Management, several projects are dealing with modelling of the transport sector i.e. FutureGas, COMETS, Shift, Flex4RES. The synergies between these projects are evident, and knowledge and data are shared across the projects. This also benefits Chalmers University that facilitates the modelling of the transport sector in WP3 of the FutureGas project.

Please send an email to Rasmus Bo Bramstoft Pedersen if you would like further information on the workshop.
Here you find the transport workshop agenda, and here the transport workshop participant list.

PhD course: “Natural and renewable gas in the Danish energy system”
A PhD course was conducted 30th January – 3rd February 2017. The students gained an overview of different aspects and stages of the gas chain from supply to regulation: efficient production and use of renewable gases including potential conditioning to natural gas quality, flexible use of gas also for transport, system integration, as well as application of measures to ensure an economically efficient use of gas. The course offered an interdisciplinary approach, which helped the students to get a basic understanding of technological, economic, and environmental aspects of natural and renewable gas in the energy system.

The content of the course was based on 11 expert presentations from the FutureGas project partners and other experts who gave valuable insights into their field of expertise. Several partners from FutureGas contributed with presentations. As part of the course they had an excursion to Stenlille gas storage to have a real-life insight into the existing gas infrastructure.

Find full program here.

Excursion to Samsø
Samsø is a small Danish island with 3900 inhabitants, which has a strong focus on integrating renewables in their local energy system. Currently, the energy supply mix on the island includes a long list of renewables e.g. onshore wind, offshore wind, solar district heating, and bioenergy resources. With the vision of a circular economy in mind, a biogas plant is planned as well. The anaerobic digester is seen as an engine for balancing the carbon, water and nutrient cycle on the island. In some years, upgraded and liquefied renewable gas from the biogas plant could fuel the new ferry that uses Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) as fuel input. LNG or rather LBG (Liquefied Biogas) for maritime transport is an interesting option in the future.

On the 22nd of February 2017 a group of PhD students and Post-docs from DTU Man travelled to the island of Samsø to learn about their success stories and challenges, to see the LNG ferry and to get an insight in the real-life barriers and drivers of such frontrunner projects.

Meet the project partners

In every newsletter, we introduce to you some of the different people and organizations involved in the FutureGas project. Here you get a chance to meet a couple of the members of the Scientific Advisory Board:
Name: Howard Levinsky
Position: Senior Principle Specialist, Combustion Processes at DNV GL and Professor of Combustion Technology, University of Groningen
Why do you find the FutureGas project important? I think that the most important aspect is that the ‘system study’ approach helps sort out where renewable and natural gases can have the largest and most efficient benefit in a future energy system. Another aspect that I think is very instructive is that the study uses Denmark as an example. Different countries rely on their gas infrastructure in (very) different ways, each with its own characteristics; think of the number of households connected to the gas grid or the geographical distribution of gas-using industries. This means that there is no generic approach possible: using a concrete example, we can compare and contrast the differences between countries and see where the ideas generated in FutureGas can be used directly, or where a different optimum must be achieved. The system approach developed and used in FutureGas can be applied to other countries, possibly with different outcomes, securely.
What do you hope will come out of the project? Courses of action for what is sensible and what is not, and particularly the arguments supporting or opposing a given route.
Courses of action for what is sensible and what is not, and particularly the arguments supporting or opposing a given route.
Name: Jane Glindvad Kristensen
Position: Head of Division, Danish Energy Agency
Why do you find the FutureGas project important? Gas is very important in the Danish transition to an energy system independent from fossil fuels. The FutureGas project analyses different scenarios and paths for the usage of natural and green gases in the future and therefore the input from the project gives important knowledge and information in this transition.
What do you hope will come out of the project? Possible answers to questions like: What will be the role of gas in the future RE energy system? And what will the role of gas be in the transition to a future system independent from fossil fuels? What will be the steps towards 2050?
The Scientific Advisory Board members also counts:
Peter Møllgaard, professor from Copenhagen Business School (CBS)
Susanne Juhl, CEO at HMN Naturgas
Michael Sterner, OTHR (Ostbayerischen Technischen Hochschule Regensburg)
Future events:
The project is participating in the workshop CITIES the 3rd of April. CITIES is a big innovation project, and the workshop will be on gas on cities. FutureGas will also be co-hosting the summer school GasAkademin, a Scandinavian avent in Askersund in Sweden April 8-12.
This is the 3rd edition of the FutureGas Newsletter. The newsletter is published twice a year and contains news and information about the progress of FutureGas. If you have news, stories or events related to the project for future newsletters, please contact Sofie Ulrik Neergaard at
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