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Distributed Control in The New Gas Chain


In the near future, the Dutch gas distribution is changing due to the decline of domestic gas production and the increase of renewable gas from a share of 0.1% to 8 - 12% and 15 - 20% in 2020 and 2030, respectively. The renewable gas are mainly produced by farmers. Hence, they can be both producer and consumer (prosumer) in the gas grid. This leads the gas infrastructure change toward a multi-producer multi-consumer market. Along with the possibilities that the prosumers have gas storage, the future gas grid can no longer be passive. The grid needs monitoring and controlling over the balance among gas production, consumption, and storage within the network.

The research aims at providing a fair and optimal price mechanism for heterogeneous prosumers in the gas grid. The expected outcome is a balance among supply, demand, and storages in the network. The mechanism will be developed using similar principles applied in Flexines project which is developed for the electricity grid.

Projectleader J.M.A. Scherpen

PhD student

Desti Alkano



Contact information

Secretary Frederika Fokkens
Telephone +31 50 363 8493
FAX +31 50 363 8498
Postal address University of Groningen
Nijenborgh 4
NL-9747 AG Groningen
The Netherlands

Laatst gewijzigd:12 oktober 2012 13:51