Innovation brings new opportunities to invest and creates new opportunities for new business models. However, without effective and efficient regulatory framework it is difficult to invest into new technologies. In the past, regulation of gas networks was mainly meant to foster competition and improve efficiency. Currently, it is generally believed that regulation can also facilitate the process of decarbonisation. ENTSOG Members (TSOs) engage in development of the new energy products and services to foster uptake of renewable and decarbonized gases into the grid. These regulatory efforts and business models you can find below in a list of projects
ERGaR is founded as a cooperation between European registries of biomethane certificates that will enable cross border trade of biomethane certificates among the member registries. ERGaR will be the Europe-wide recognised organisation for administering and mass balancing volumes of renewable gases virtually distributed along the European natural gas network.
Teréga with GRTgaz developed a demonstration project for Power to Gas in Fos-sur-Mer. The aim of this initiative is to help shape this new sector by developing the technologies concerned, building the associated economic and regulatory models, and overcoming current technical reservations.
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Energinet issues digital certificates for injected biomethane which represent the “green” value of energy produced from biogas, a renewable energy source. The green value of the upgraded biogas may be traded commercially.
The acquisition of TEP Energy Solution (TEP), one of Italy’s leading enterprises in the energy efficiency sector, is part of Snam’s strategic plans aimed at facilitating decarbonisation and better energy use in the areas where it operates. Snam intends to accelerate TEP’s growth process, with the support of the company’s management, and facilitate the transfer of energy efficiency know-how and technologies from large businesses to small and medium-sized enterprises and local institutions.
The Green Gas Principle allows biogas producers and consumers who are connected to a gas network to trade virtually in biogas in the same way that trading takes place in renewable energy. The principle is based on tax exemption and sustainability features being linked to the biogas via agreements and not via its physical route. As the infrastructure has not yet been developed to the same extent as in many other European countries, the Green Gas Principle has been established in Sweden to facilitate biogas trading between different gas networks.
The acquisition of IES Biogas, one of the leading Italian companies in the design, construction and management of biogas and biomethane production plants, will enable Snam to develop biomethane plants, leveraging IES Biogas’ managerial expertise, and to promote the use of biomethane in the transport sector. The acquisition of IES Biogas has been performed by Snam4Mobility, the company through which Snam has been developing infrastructure for refuelling compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) engines. The growing interest of the market for sustainable mobility powered by methane and biomethane shows that there is great potential for alternative uses of gas.
Producing intelligent models of gas transmission assets is set to become quicker, cheaper and more accurate, thanks to an extension of our Building Information Modelling (BIM) project, called AIM. An AIM, or Asset Information Model, provides all the information necessary to support the management of an asset. For example, it logs its precise location, operational data, information about work carried out and its existing condition.
A project aiming to minimise the time and cost of connecting to the transmission system. It will develop a new web-based customer connections platform which aims to improve a customer’s application experience. The project will also produce ‘off-the-shelf’ standardised designs for connections that can be used regardless of the customer, size of connection, or type of gas. Project CLoCC is primarily pitched towards smaller and unconventional gas customers for whom connecting to the NTS under the current arrangements can be extremely challenging.
With the newly created company Cubogas, wholly-owned by Snam4Mobility (the Snam company developing infrastructure for refuelling CNG and LNG engines), Snam has enlarged its activities with a business arm dedicated to technological solutions for natural gas supply stations. Snam will be able to increase the level of service it offers to investors in natural gas- and renewable gas-powered transport, as it will be supplying one of the best technologies for pollution reduction available helping the improvement of air quality.