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Power to the molecules (from technology to market uptake)

11-12 July 2019 | Florence

power to gas 

The interactive 2-day training organised within the framework of the STORE&GO project will guide you through technical, economic, business, legal and regulatory aspects of Power-to-Gas (P2G).

This interdisciplinary training builds upon the practical experience of 27 STORE&GO partner organizations and companies from all over Europe, which joined forces to integrate P2G technology into the future of the European energy system.

  • Overview

    The integration of a rising share of variable renewable energy sources in the energy system is one of the major challenges of EU energy transition. P2G technology may help smooth over this transition as it offers the possibility to convert intermittent electricity from renewable sources into the form of gas, which can then be easily transported and stored in already-existing gas infrastructure. All in all, this process contributes to the decarbonisation of gas, which currently satisfies a quarter of the EU energy needs.

    Despite the fact that P2G technology is already mature, no business cases based on P2G have emerged that confirm its impact on the energy sector. This training however won’t shy away from the topic and will expand on the current legal, technical and economic barriers to the widespread deployment of P2G technology.

  • Content

    • The rationale for Power-to-Gas and methanation
    • Power-to-gas technologies – efficiencies, load profiles and performance indicators
    • Smart energy solutions with hydrogen options
    • Economics and market potential for methanation
    • Environmental impacts of Power-to-Gas
    • European energy and climate policies
    • Unbundling rules in the context of Power-to-Gas
    • Legal framework for accommodating SNG in the gas network (and future network development)
    • Network tariffs, taxes and other surcharges
    • Support schemes for the use of SNG
  • Faculty

    Course Directors:
    • Ilaria Conti, Florence School of Regulation
    • Funda C. Ertem-Kappler, New Energy Coalition

    Course Instructors:

    • Machiel van Steenis, New Energy Coalition
    • Andras Perl, Hanze University
    • Canan Acar, Bahcesehir University
    • David Parra, University of Geneve
    • Zhang Xiaojin, Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI)
    • Maria Olczak, Florence School of Regulation
    • Markus Schreiber, University of Lucerne
    • Attila Kovacs, European Renewable Gas Registry (ERGaR)
    • Danilo Pomponio | BFP Group
    • Jos Dehaeseleer | Marcogaz
    • Cihan Sönmez | ENTSOG
    • Cristiano Francese | Independent consultant

    Ilaria Conti | Florence School of Regulation
    Ilaria Conti is Head of FSR Gas Area. Her main fields of expertise concern EU institutional relations and EU electricity and gas regulation. After a traineeship at the United Nations and at the Permanent Representation of Italy at the European Union, she worked from 2005 until 2013 for EFET, the “European Federation of Energy Traders” contributing as Policy Advisor and actively participating in the work of the EFET Gas Committee, Task Force Iberia, Task Force CEE, Task Force Italy and the EFET Board.

    Funda Cansu Ertem-Kappler | New Energy Coalition
    Funda Cansu Ertem-Kappler received her bachelor degree in environmental engineering in 2008, master degree in applied environmental sciences in 2011 and the Ph.D. in Bioprocess Engineering in 2018 from Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany. She has worked in Turkey as an environmental, quality and health&safety Auditor/Inspector. Later she worked in different European biogas&biomass related projects in which she especially focused on the strengthening the collaboration between Turkey and EU members. She later thenworked as project coordinator for PlanET biogastechnik GmbH, there she plannedbiogas plants and also consulted the existing plant operators. Overall she has 10 year experience in anerobic digestion and the planning&operation of biogas plants.

    Machiel van Steenis | NEC
    Machiel van Steenis holds a Bachelor and Master Degree in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He received his PhD at Wageningen University & Research. At present he is business developer BioEnergy & Green Chemistry at the New Energy Coalition in Groningen, the Netherlands. At New Energy Coalition he is coordinating the theme Industrial Transformation and is amongst others involved in projects on biomass gasification, power to gas, CO2-reuse and sustainable chemistry. Before that he worked as policy advisor at the province of Groningen, was marketing and research manager in the horticultural sector and researcher at Wageningen University & Research.

    Andras Perl | Hanze University
    András Perl has a chemical background with specialization in physical chemistry and nanotechnology. He holds a PhD in supramolecular interactions and molecular nanofabrication from the University of Twente (2009). He was involved in numerous research projects with various topics both in industry and academia before joining Hanze University of Applied Sciences. He is a senior researcher and lecturer at Hanze now and he is involved in renewable energy engineering topics. His current research deals with power-to-X-to-power concepts, methane adsorption on porous materials and water electrolysis.

    Canan Acar | Bahcesehir University
    Canan Acar is currently working as an Assistant Professor at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey. She is teaching and researching a member of the Energy Systems Engineering department. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Oshawa, Canada) as a member of Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Dincer’s research group in October 2016. During her Ph.D., she investigated photoelectrochemical hydrogen production. Her Ph.D. thesis title was “Experimental Investigation and Analyses of Continuous Type Hybrid Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Production Systems.”

    David Parra | University of Geneva
    David Parra is a senior researcher and teaching fellow at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) where he coordinates the energy storage research since 2016. He is also a PI in the Swiss Competence Centre for Heat and Electricity Storage in Switzerland, as well as visiting researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2017, after receiving funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation to stablish a new collaboration.

    Zhang Xiaojin | Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI)
    Ms. Xiaojin Zhang works as a scientist in the Technology Assessment Group, Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis at Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) since 2014. Her expertise mainly focuses on applying advanced life cycle assessment (LCA) and economic analysis using open-source Python tools to investigate the techno-economic and environmental performance of energy generation and storage technologies.

    Maria Olczak | Florence School of Regulation / RSCAS / EUI
    Maria Olczak is Research Associate at the Florence School of Regulation Gas Area. Before that, Maria was working as a Policy and Communications Assistant at the European LPG Association in Brussels. She holds MA in European Studies from the University of Warsaw and MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe. Maria was involved in the preparations to and proceedings of the UN Climate Change Conference as member of the COP19/CMP9 Presidency Team.

    Markus Schreiber | University of Lucerne
    Markus Schreiber studied law at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. He completed his studies in 2013 with the Second Legal Examination. From 2011 to 2013, Markus Schreiber worked as a trainee lawyer at the Federal Network Agency, the legal department of a large European energy provider and the energy department of the Hamburg Authority for Urban Development and Environment. From October 2013 to July 2014, he worked as attorney in an energy law firm in Hamburg.

    Cihan Sönmez | ENTSOG
    After having finished his master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Supply at RWTH Aachen University Cihan joined GASCADE Gastransport GmbH as a trainee in the business development department but changed soon to the capacity management department. As a contract manager, he was mainly involved in the implementation of both European and German gas market regulations. In this position, he led the marketing of incremental capacities of the European gas pipeline link (EUGAL). Besides this, Cihan attended different working groups at PRISMA European Capacity Platform, FNB Gas and BDEW. Cihan joined ENTSOG in February 2018 as part of the System Development Area.

    Cristiano Francese | Independent consultant
    Mr Francese has focused his career on the energy sector, working across several areas of the business. He started his career assessing European regulation in the natural gas sector and its impact on natural gas transportation businesses. He later focused on the analysis of natural gas prices and on the structuring of natural gas transportation agreements contributing to the development of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline project.

    Attila Kovacs | European Renewable Gas Registry (ERGaR)
    Attila Kovacs, PhD in Economics (University of Economics, Budapest), MSc in Chemical Engineering (Institute of Technology, Leningrad). Member of the Executive Board of European Biogas Association between 2009 and 2019. Secretary General of the European Renewable Gas Registry (ERGaR) since September 2016. Board Member of the Hungarian Biogas Association since 2015.

  • Fee

    The participation in the training is free of charge.

    We will accept up to 25 participants, based on the quality of submitted applications.
    There are 5 seats reserved for the FSR Donors.

    All potential candidates are kindly requested to fill in the registration form and upload the following documents:

    A Short Motivation letter (max 2 pages, in PDF format) explaining why you are interested in this training and how you are going to apply the knowledge acquired during the training in your career.

  • Learning Objectives

    This training will provide specialist insight into:
    • why and how P2G can support the energy transition in Europe
    • the current technological developments in terms of electrolysis and methanation processes
    • the market potential of P2G
    • the role of P2G in achieving EU long-term climate and energy objectives
    • the impact of P2G on the environment
    • legal and regulatory challenges related to P2G
    • support schemes for the producers of hydrogen and synthetic methane
  • Target group and knowledge level

    Registration is open to all professionals (institutions, utilities, associations, academics and researchers) or students of any level who are interested in having a deeper understanding of the Power-to-Gas technology and its role in the decarbonisation of the EU economy.

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

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