EGERID Live is now concluded - but the event is still open

We proudly look back at the European Gas and Energy Research Innovation Days, which successfully took place last week. During five days of program, a variety of stakeholders participated in six hours of presentations, ten hours of deep dive workshops, and nine hours of discussion, covering the complete hydrogen value chain – production, transport, metrology, storage and utilisation. In the following, you find a short summary of each day and further information.


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Opening Day

The conference was opened by ERIG president Prof. Gerald Linke, who emphasized the need of research, industry, public authorities, and consumers to work together to reach the goals of the European Green Deal. Keynote speeches by Helene Chraye of DG Research in the European Commission and the “H2 Network North Rhine Westphalia” provided further insight on the role of research for a swift development of a hydrogen economy, especially on the regional level. This was complemented by a variety of presentations from ERIG country members, who highlighted their latest research with regard to hydrogen.

Power-to-Gas in the regional context day – SuperP2G

The second day focused on the SuperP2G project, which aims to lower the threshold for need-owners to validate and put power-to-gas to practice for smart energy systems, sectoral integration as well as local & regional development. The project was introduced by Prof Marie Münster (DTU), with follow-up keynotes by Fredrik Lundström (ERA-NET) and Peter Kristensen (EVIDA) as well as presentations by DTU and NEC on power-to-gas business cases. WIVA P&G gave an overview on the ongoing activities in the associated demonstration region of the Austrian case in SuperP2G. The subsequent panel discussion was followed by a deep dive session, which further explored the allocation, size, and operation of power-to-gas in the future energy system as well as its economic aspects.

H2 tolerance of the gas infrastructure day – HIGGS

The HIGGS project was at the center of the third conference day, dedicated to the overarching topic of hydrogen tolerance of the gas infrastructure . Project coordinator Dr Vanesa Gil (FHA) explained how contributes to paving the way for the decarbonisation of the gas grid and its usage, by covering the gaps of knowledge of the impact that high levels of hydrogen could have on the gas igh pressure grid, its components, and its management. Representatives of Hydrogen Europe Research and ENTSOG welcomed the project and expert speakers connected it to the European Hydrogen Backbone initiative (by OGE) as well as the hydrogen utilization project THyGA (ENGIE). In a subsequent deep dive session, the focus was put on intermediate results of the HIGGS project centered around legal, regulatory and technical aspects of hydrogen admixing as well as techno-economic modelling and validation, enablers and interoperability of hydrogen/natural gas grids.

H2 handling and metrology day – MefHySto

On the final theme day, Dr Michael Maiwald (BAM) presented the MefHySto project, which explores and advances high-precision metrology techniques, methods, standards, and rules for different hydrogen storage solutions. This day was dedicated to the overarching topic of hydrogen handling and metrology and featured many complementing contributions from outside of the MefHySto project relating to the topic of the day. The introduction was complemented by keynotes from Annarita Baldan (EURAMET) and Dr Tobias van Almsick (OGE). Afterwards speakers from Gasunie, DBI and H2 Mobility provided insight to hydrogen metrology with respect to underground storage and refueling stations. During the afternoon, the participants discussed the topics “online parts per billion” online evaluation of gas quality along the value chain and “equation of state” regarding the correct calculation of the property of Natural Gas-Hydrogen-Mixtures in parallel deep dive sessions.

Closing Day

On the last conference day, the main conference speakers reflected on the topics and activities of the event and the crucial impact of the ERIG research community and the hosting projects. They also gave an outlook for upcoming project deliverables and events, underscoring the hosting projects important role in European hydrogen research.

If you have missed the live conference, you can re-watch all presentations on our virtual gat|wat stand by clicking on the registration link above.

You can also meet us in person this week on the main event of gat|wat in cologne, taking place from Nov 24th – 25th 2021.

Thank you for your interest in our work. Don’t feel hesitated to contact us if you have any questions.