Clean Molecules for the Energy Transition

3 weeks

Clean Molecules: Hydrogen, Biogas, Biomethane, Synthetic Gas

Within the EU Green Deal vision and framework, renewable, low-carbon, and even emission-negative gases will have a prominent role to play in decarbonising the EU economy. These so called “clean molecules”(biogas, biomethane, hydrogen, and synthetic gases) can support in areas where direct electrification is not possible or practical, provide solutions in key ‘hard to abate’ areas of the economy, as well as facilitating the development of circular economies and the integration of energy sectors. For these reasons (and more besides) clean molecules are attracting growing attention from policymakers and industry, making the debate around clean molecules and their uptake in strategic areas an important EU policy and regulatory focus.

The Clean Molecules for the Energy Transition course from the Florence School of Regulation covers the key issues in this fast-evolving area. The three-week training (2 weeks reading and preparation, 1 week of classes) offers a comprehensive overview of the development of clean molecules in the EU and beyond. The course is delivered through: (i) targeted reading and audiovisual materials, (ii) presentation of relevant case studies, (iii) topical and interactive discussions, (iv) specialist lectures, and (v) panel debates, all conducted by a range of leading professionals.

Registration is open to all professionals (institutions, utilities, associations, academics and researchers) following the debate on the decarbonisation of the energy system who are interested in having a deeper understanding of the future role of molecules and their role in the energy transition.

Course director
Ilaria Conti
Course director
Andris Piebalgs
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  • Dates
    12 Jun 2023 - 30 Jun 2023
  • Level
    Specialised
  • Type
    Online
  • Workload
    8 hours/week
  • Register by
    29 May 2023
Overview

The EU Green Deal established a vision and a framework towards the goal of carbon neutrality for the bloc by 2050. This vision has since been applied in subsequent strategies pertaining to key areas, for example the Energy System Integration Strategy (2020) and the EU Hydrogen Strategy (2020). These two Communications envisage a prominent role in decarbonising the energy sector for the so-called “renewable and low carbon gases” or “clean molecules” (biogas, biomethane, hydrogen and synthetic methane).

Despite limited use of clean molecules to date, they are quickly attracting growing attention from policy makers and industry who see them as a potential sector coupling tool to balance energy grids as well as a means to decarbonise certain hard-to-abate sectors. As a result, the debate around clean molecules and their uptake in strategic areas has become an important EU policy and regulatory focus.

However, is the attention and excitement around clean molecules justified? How important are clean molecules for the achievement of carbon neutrality and in which areas? How are clean molecules different from each other and how are they different from fossil alternatives? What economic and regulatory barriers are stifling their market uptake and how can they be removed? Which technologies seem more promising and cost-efficient? We will explore all of these questions and more.

This intensive online training is expected to engage you for approximately 8 hours/week (excluding live classes).

Course structure

Week 1 & 2 (13-26 June 2022) | Offline preparation to the course

  • Welcome Class
    13 June 2022, 10:00-11:00 CEST

Week 3 (27 June – 1 July 2022) | Online live classes

  • Day 1 | Clean molecules in the EU
    Monday 27 June 2022, 9:00 – 14:35 CEST
  • Day 2 | Hydrogen
    Tuesday 28 June 2022, 9:00 – 14:35 CEST
  • Day 3 | Regulation and markets
    Wednesday 29 June 2022, 9:00 – 14:35 CEST
  • Day 4 | Externalities of a clean molecules economy
    Thursday 30 June 2022, 09:00 – 14:35 CEST
  • Day 5 | EU perspective and participant presentations
    Friday 1 July 2022, 09:00 – 11:15 CEST
Content
  • The EU context and policy debate
  • Definitions (taxonomy) of renewable and low-carbon gas
  • Biogas and biomethane production processes
  • Energy decarbonisation in non-EU countries
  • Energy transition challenges
  • Transporting renewable and low carbon gases
  • Power-to-gas: technology and costs
  • Pyrolysis: technology and costs
  • CCS: how it works and pilot projects
  • National hydrogen/ decarbonisation strategies
  • The main regulatory barriers for clean molecules
  • A dynamic approach to regulation
  • Triggering development via the ETS
  • Governance of the decarbonised gas sector
  • Clean molecules and methane emissions
  • How to design a circular economy
  • Decarbonisation in LNG and storage
Learning objectives

This training will provide specialist insight into:

  • How clean molecules are different from their fossil alternatives
  • How clean molecules can support the energy transition in Europe
  • The impact of clean molecules on the environment
  • The latest developments in the sector covering the different gases and technologies
  • The market potential of clean molecules and how their uptake can be supported
  • The role of clean molecules in achieving EU long-term climate and energy objectives
  • Legal and regulatory challenges related to the uptake of clean molecules
Target group and knowledge level

Registration is open to all professionals (institutions, utilities, associations, academics and researchers) following the debate on decarbonisation of the energy system who are interested in having a deeper understanding of the future role of gas and its support to the energy transition.

No specific academic background is required. The language of instruction is English.

FSR Annual Scholarships

Each year, the Florence School of Regulation – Energy and Climate (FSR Energy & Climate) awards scholarships for a wide variety of training courses targeting a broad audience of professionals and academics.

Applications will be assessed by a Selection Committee of FSR members on a yearly basis. The successful candidates will be informed by the end of February 2023 and will be provided with all relevant information on how to enroll in the online course or residential training of their choice.

Send your application by 31 January 2023.

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Fees & Cancellation policy
Fees:
  • General fee: 1,870 EUR
  • Student fee: 440 EUR
  • Associate donors fee (10%): 1,685 EUR
  • Major donors fee (20%): 1,495 EUR
  • Star donors fee (25%): 1,405 EUR

Cancellation policy 

Paid registration fee is non-refundable. However, registrant substitution may be made up to 20 days before the start date of the course. 

The Learning Approach
Collaborative
A chance to collaborate with your peers the main experts in the field.
Interactive
Join a community of experts to discuss the latest developments in the sector.
Real-life cases
Address a European real-life case with the support of our instructors.
Online interactive sessions
Weekly live classes with different Course Instructors. Participants will have a close interaction with the Instructors during the live sessions.
Course Faculty

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Ilaria Conti | Course Director

In which areas do clean molecules have the most potential? Which economic and regulatory measures are needed in order to facilitate their market uptake? Join our Clean Molecules for the Energy Transition online course to explore these questions with us.

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