EU Awards € 18m to Fund STORE & GO Research Project

DVGW Coordinates EU Research Project on the Role of Gas Grid as Storage Medium for Renewables

The EU Commission will award a total of € 18m to fund the Horizon 2020 project on “Innovative Large Scale Energy Storage Technologies & Power-to-Gas Concepts after Optimisation” (STORE & GO), which is coordinated by the DVGW. This is enshrined in a financial backing agreement (Grant Agreement) that the European Commission has just signed with the project partners. The total budget of the research project, which is funded by 27 partners from six European countries, amounts to € 28m. Its objective is to further develop the natural gas grid into a storage medium and system integrator for renewable energies and test it by means of demonstration projects.

The project includes the presentation of three different power-to-gas concepts in Germany (E.ON plant in Falkenhagen), Switzerland (Solothurn) and Italy (Puglia), and will be complemented by accompanying research activities in the technological, economic and legal areas. One focus will be on the manufacture of renewable gases through methanation; another will be on investigating the potential integration of these gases into different power and gas grids for further transport and distribution. This way, renewable methane can be fed into the existing natural gas grid in a climate-neutral way without any restrictions, and can thus be made available for a broad range of applications. About 50 per cent of German homes are currently connected to the natural gas grid, which boasts a length of over 500,000km. 

The DVGW manages the overall project through its research office at the Engler-Bunte-Institut of the Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie (KIT), and also coordinates all accompanying scientific research activities. Furthermore, the Association will communicate research results and design a power-to-gas roadmap. The project will run over four years and start in March 2016.

Portait of Prof. Dr. Catrinus Jepma

Prof. Dr. Catrinus Jepma, first ERIG president

Prof. Dr. Catrinus Jetses Jepma first ERIG-President

Prof. Dr. Catrinus Jetses Jepma was elected first president of ERIG, the European Research Institute for Gas and Energy Innovation. Jepma chaired the Dutch gas innovation program Energy Delta Gas from 2010 to 2015, a 44 Mio. Research & Development program in the Netherlands to show the potential of gas in the future energy system. Catrinus Jepma has a background in economics and law and is university professor since 1988, holding a chair in energy and sustainability at the University of Groningen and in economics at the Open University, Heerlen.

Jepma has vast experience in energy policy and markets, environmental impact and policy issues, energy efficiency measures and energy technologies. He is listed as an author of more than hundred publications. Aside of his academic work, he guides policy makers and project developers regarding emissions trading projects, as well as in the areas of energy policy, renewable energy and energy system integration. As coordinating lead author within the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 1993 to 2007, he shared the Nobel Peace Price awarded to IPCC in 2007.
Read more: Press Release (16.09.2015):  Prof. Dr. Catrinus Jetses Jepma first ERIG-President

European network for gas and energy innovation founded in Paris

On the occasion of the World Gas Conference in Paris seven leading European research and development organizations have today established an innovative network to guide gas into the transition process towards a future renewable based energy system. With the signing of a cooperation agreement the new R&D network named European Research Institute for Gas and Energy Innovation (ERIG) will be promoting joint innovation and development work with the participation of research institutes and universities directly affiliated with ERIG members and other cooperation partners.
Read more: Press Release (02.06.2015):  European network for gas and energy innovation founded in Paris

from left to right: René Bautz (Swiss Association of Gas Industry, VSG), Prof. Dr. Gerald Linke (German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water, DVGW), Thea Larsen (Danish Gas Technology Centre, DGC), Georges Bouchard (French Gas Association, AFG), Jean-Claude Weber (Swiss Gas and Water Industry Association, SVGW), Anton Broenink (Energy Delta Gas Research, EDGaR), Dr. Martin Ragnar (Energiforsk – Swedish Energy Research Centre) 

ERIG in short

In 2015 seven leading European technical and scientific organizations established a network to foster the role of gas and innovative gas technologies in the future energy system: ERIG – European Research Institute for Gas and Energy Innovation.

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ERIG is a new European research and development network that will guide gas in the  transition process towards a future renewable based energy system. It is a non-profit network for European cooperation in research and innovation in the field of sustainable and innovative gas technologies and the use of natural gas with renewable energies.

ERIG members represent national technical and scientific gas organizations and associations. It offers a unique platform that is directly linked to existing research and innovation structures in the member countries such as academic research facilities and universities as well as industry. The members represent in particular the new requirements of energy and gas in Northern/Western Europe.

The research portfolio of ERIG members covers all aspects from the production of gas through to gas utilization in different markets.

Flyer "ERIG in short"


EU climate and energy policy is committed to an energyefficient and low-carbon economy. This is to be achieved by reducing greenhouse gases, raising the share of renewable energy and improving efficiency within the energy sector and industry in general.

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Innovative approaches in terms of technical reliability, economic sustainability and safety are called for to achieve these goals. Within the overall structure of a sustainable energy supply system, it is becoming increasingly clear that an integrated systemic approach for the future energy system will be needed.

Gas and the gas infrastructure can play a major role in the future energy system.

Natural gas is the fossil fuel with the lowest specific carbon dioxide emissions. The highly flexible gas transport and distribution system along with innovative gas technologies can offer solutions that significantly reduce the total cost of transforming the energy system while simultaneously complying with carbon dioxide targets. For this reason, gas and the gas infrastructure should be given a more powerful voice in political and technical discussions.

What is ERIG about?

ERIG is a European Research and Development network. It aims to develop and demonstrate the role of gas in the transition process towards a future renewable-based energy system. The main fields of activity are:

  • improving the efficiency of gas-related energy conversion processes in the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors,
  • enhancing the safety, reliability and economic sustainability of the European gas infrastructure and gas storages, including LNG as a transportation fuel for long distances, on land, at sea and on inland waterways,
  • enhancing the share of renewable and / or synthetic gases in the gas system, including renewable gas technologies,
  • supporting the integration of volatile renewable power in the energy system through lexible gas options (power-to-gas, smart grids),
  • improving the utilization of gas in highly efficient technologies (combined heat and power and multi-dual appliances),
  • fostering life cycle analyses (LCA) and environmental impact analyses for all possible gases transported or distributed by the gas infrastructure,
  • developing decision support systems and modelling tools to make the energy transition happen.

How does ERIG work?

ERIG supports innovation and research in the field of gas and gas technology by:

clockwise: bio gas tanks; LNG ship; domestic gas truck by Renault; a Swedish domestic gas bus
  • promoting and analyzing joint innovation and research work with the participation of research institutes directly affiliated with ERIG members and other cooperation partners,
  • supporting the EU’s strategic research agenda on energy and gas,
  • disseminating the results to national and European institutions active in the political, scientific and public arena,
  • transferring technology to national European economic institutions in academia, industry and the markets,
  • pooling and communicating existing know-how,
  • promoting cooperation with other European and international organizations in the energy and gas sector


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Association Française du Gaz (France)
Contact: Marc Perrin 

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Danish Gas Technology Centre
Contact: Thea Larsen 

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DVGW Deutscher Verein des Gas- und Wasserfaches
Contact: Hans Rasmusson 

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EDGaR Energy Delta Gas Research
(The Netherlands)
Contact: Catrinus Jepma 

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Energiforsk – Swedish Energy Research Centre
Contact: Martin Ragnar 

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SVGW Schweizerischer Verein des Gas- und Wasserfaches (Switzerland)
Contact: Martin Sager 

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Verband der schweizerischen Gasindustrie (Switzerland)
Contact: Daniela Decurtins 

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