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Reference Number NIA_CAD0002
Title Impact of Biomethane on Gas Networks.
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 50%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy, Applications for heat and electricity) 50%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 March 2017
End Date 01 November 2017
Duration 8 months
Total Grant Value £68,000
Industrial Sectors Technical Consultancy
Region South East
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , SGN (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (0.001%)
Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (0.001%)
Project Contact , Cadent Gas (0.001%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_CAD0002
  • To offer the conditions to allow for the safe development and competitive position for the biomethane industry on the market.
  • To learn from existing experience, feedbacks and data within the biomethane industry.
  • To support the development of the biomethane supply chain.
  • To reduce the costs of gathering and analysing information through collaboration.
  • To anticipate the effect/risks of future changes
    1. if new substrates are used (less energy crops and more waste products)
    2. if biogas receives less treatment and subsequently contains more trace compounds.
  • To anticipate the risks concerning the use of different materials (gas grid and end users).
  • To prepare the phase 2 tests and ensure these tests capture all gas operators/risks. 
  • Sharing knowledge on biomethane quality impacts
  • Studying the real impact of biomethane quality on the gas chain.
  • Anticipating potential operational issues for gas operators.
  • Inform the conditions to develop a safe and competitive positioning for biomethane on the market.
Abstract CEN Technical Committee 408 - Natural gas and biomethane for use in transport and biomethane for injection in the natural gas network are creating new specifications for natural gas and biomethane as vehicle fuel and of biomethane for injection in the natural gas grid, including any necessary related methods of analysis and testing. This will ensure that pipeline and asset integrity is maintained and there is a place for biomethane in the future. It is vital that the specification for biomethane quality is based on sound evidence detailed in first of its kind research in order to reduce the risk of inaccurate injection specifications; either too restrictive thus hindering biomethane-to-grid development or too lax which has safety implications for gas networks, appliances and customers. Many studies have been carried out by stakeholders within individual EU countries based on the gas network specifications for that country. A common vision needs to be created: o To share with CEN TC 408 the technical and documented studies that already existo To prioritise those biomethane compounds that will impact the gas chain ando Where technical data is missing, evaluate the true impact of the target biomethane components on the gas chain. This is a collaborative project and DNV GL UK are to be the technical representative of the UK DNs on the GERG project. The project whole project consists of two phases, with a decision milestone at the end of phase 1. Phase 1 of the project is to pool together current knowledge, expertise and requirements across the EU countries, which is what the current request for funding is for. Any identified knowledge gaps from this data gathering will be fed into phase 2 to inform the new CEN standard on biomethane. The project proposal aims to: Share knowledge on biomethane quality and impactStudy the real impact of biomethane quality on gas chainAnticipate potential operational issues for gas operators.

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Added to Database 31/08/18