FutureGas Newsletter #1
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FutureGas Newsletter

FutureGas includes all major stakeholders of the Danish Gas Industry,
as well as several international partners. Through coordinated research across the gas sector, the project will analyse and calculate how best to make use the natural gas grid.


News from the Steering Committee

The FutureGas project had its official beginning in February 2016 and many smaller activities in the project are already up and running, but on the 27th of April the Steering Committee met for the first time to constitute itself. Søren Salomo, director of department at DTU Management Engineering was elected chairman of the Committee, Thea Larsen, CEO of Danish Gas Technology Centre was elected vice chairman and Poul Erik Morthorst, professor at DTU Management Engineering was elected project manager.

The other members of the Steering Committee are:
  • Morten Dam Rasmussen, deputy head of division, University of Aarhus
  • Erik Alhgren, professer, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Kåre Clemmesen, CFO, HMN Naturgas I/S
  • Tejs Laustsen Jensen, CEO, The Danish Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
  • Hanne Storm Edlefsen, Head of department,

Progress made

On the same day as the meeting in the Steering Committee the official FutureGas Kick-off Meeting was held. It was a lively day with presentations relating to all aspects of the project and discussions among the project participants.

At the end of the Kick-off Meeting, project manager Poul Erik Morthorst, made the following conclusions on how to secure continuous progress within the project:
  • The project participants must adapt a financial perspective as one of the first things in the technological considerations
  • It is important to encourage an increase in the production and use of green gasses but also not to let go of the natural gas quit as fast as the prospects are now
  • It is important to use power-to-gas as a way to balance the grid, but we must not forget the important role gas can play in the transport sector.

Meet the project partners

12 partners are involved in the FutureGas project and Innovation Fund Denmark has funded the project with a major grand. The partners are DTU Management Engineering, Aarhus University, Chalmers University of Technology, The University of Exeter, The European University Institute, Delft University of Technology and The Danish Gas Technology Centre as research partners. They will work closely with the industrial representatives from HMN Natural Gas A/S, DONG Energy A/S, NGF Nature Energy A/S and consultants from PlanEnergi, EA Energy Analysis, RAM-Løse EDB and the dissemination partner, the Danish Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells.

Furthermore the Danish Energy Agency and are also project partners.

The project is divided into seven work packages and they are the core of the project. Naturally, the WP leaders are key persons in driving FutureGas forward, and in this first newsletter, we would like to introduce you to the work package leaders in the project. So please say ‘Hi’ to:

David Pisinger, DTU Management Engineering
- My role in the FutureGas project is to lead work package 5. The focus of this work package is to develop mathematical models that can support the other work packages, in particular work package 4. In order to do this, we will need some interesting test cases from the other activities in FutureGas that we can work on. I also hope that the work package will be able to contribute to some methodology development that can be used in coming research projects. I will be supervising one PhD student related to WP5.
- I'm looking forward to work closely with the partners, and to solve some challenging problems. It is probably not going to be easy, but currently I am optimistic.
- Electric or gas stove? Definitely electric stove.
Erik Alhgren, Chalmers University of Technology
- My role in the FutureGas project is as member of the steering committee and to lead work package 3 on gas for transport.
- The thing I’m looking forward to the most is the broad future-oriented focus of the project, to address issues of strong importance for the transition to a zero carbon energy system, and to collaborate with the many various Danish stakeholders in the project
- Electric or gas stove? Does it matter?
Jean Schweitzer, Danish Gas Technology Centre
- My role in the FutureGas project is to lead the WP2 on gas quality
- The thing I’m looking forward to the most is to see how the gas quality requirements will impact Futuregas
- Electric or gas stove? Hybrid!
Marie Münster, DTU Management Engineering
- My role in the FutureGas project is to help coordinate the project as vice project manager and as WP lead on the integrated modelling, which relies on input from the other WPs
- The thing I’m looking forward to the most is cooperating with all the interesting partners and learning what the role of the gas system could be in the future
- Electric or gas stove? I have an electric stove
Poul Erik Morthorst, DTU Management Engineering
- My role in the FutureGas project is to - actually my role in Future Gas is twofold: First of all I am the overall project-leader ensuring that the project is developing in accordance with the agreement with Innovation Fund Denmark. Secondly I am leader of work package 6 and 7, the first one looking at regulation of gas in the context of the total energy system, the second one aiming at generating scenarios for gas in the energy system.
- The thing I’m looking forward to the most is a close collaboration with all the industrial partners ensuring that we get some excellent results both for society, research and companies.
- Electric or gas stove? Neither – hopefully we can help increase the use of gas in industry and transport.
Torben Kvist, Danish Gas Technology Centre
- My role in the FutureGas project is to manage WP 1 which involves a literature survey as experimental work on gas conditioning as well as an analysis on how and to which extent it is possible to supply other gas qualities in the existing gas infrastructure.  
- The thing I’m looking forward to the most is to be a part of the cooperation between the gas industry, the system responsible and universities where we will examine and evaluate possibilities for gas in in the Danish energy system.
- Electric or gas stove? It is a difficult question. It depends on local conditions, but I know the answer when it comes to the overall energy system.
This is the 1st edition of the Future Gas Newsletter. The newsletter will be published twice a year and will contain news and information about the progress of FutureGas. If you have news or stories related to the project, that you would like mentioned in a future edition of the newsletter, please contact Josefine Jørgensen at
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