Innovative model to drive energy security and diversity in the Danube Region via combination of bioenergy with surplus renewable energy (DanuP-2-Gas)


Overview

  • Funding:
    Interreg Danube
  • Timeframe:
    1 July 2020 - 31 December 2022
  • Budget:
    2 553 726,85 euro
  • Contractors:
    Technology Centre Energy - University of Applied Sciences Landshut, Germany (Lead partner); Energy Agency of Savinjska, Šaleška and Koroška Region, Slovenia; Tolna County Development Agency Nonprofit Public Ltd., Hungary; Energy Institute at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria; Black Sea Energy Research Centre, Bulgaria; URBASOFIA SRL, Romania; Deggendorf Institute of Technology, Germany; National Recycling Agency of Slovakia, Slovakia; Institute of Technology and Business in České Budějovice, Czech Republic; MAHART-Freeport Co. Ltd, Hungarya; International Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, Croatia; Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar, Croatia; University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Croatia; Regional Agency for Socio – Economic Development – Banat Ltd, Serbia

Description

The Danube Region holds huge potential for sustainable generation and storage of renewable energy. However, to date this region is highly dependent on energy imports, while energy efficiency, diversity and renewables share are low. In line with the EU climate targets for 2030 and the EUSDR PA2 goals DanuP-2-Gas will advance transnational energy planning by promoting generation and storage strategies for renewables in the Danube Region by coupling the electric power and gas sector. DanuP-2-Gas will bring together energy agencies, business actors, public authorities and research institutions via the Danube Energy Platform. Based on the platform developed during DTP project ENERGY BARGE it will incorporate all pre-existing tools and i.a. an Atlas, mapping prior unexamined available biomass and energy infrastructure.

Further, a pre-feasibility study utilizing an optimization tool for efficient hub design will identify suitable locations for sectors coupling hubs and combination of two idle resources in the Danube region. Unused organic residue (e.g. straw) will be processed to biochar for easy transport along the Danube River and as basis for synthesis gas generation. Adding hydrogen produced from surplus renewable energy allows to upgrade this syngas to renewable natural gas. This will enable storage of surplus energy in the existing gas distribution grid increasing energy security and efficiency.