About
the Young
Researchers’
Awards

Every one or two years, GERG hosts a competition highlighting the work currently being done by postgraduate students in the field of gas research. These success stories serve to illustrate how a new generation of researchers is working hard on gas as a key enabler of a new decarbonised Energy system.

The European Gas Research Group (GERG) offers Young Researchers’ Awards to early career European researchers who have displayed a commitment to excellence in scientific research and in creating solutions for the future of Energy.

The Young Researchers’ event promotes interaction between European Universities and Research Centres, on R&D topics related to Gas in the Energy system. The key objectives are to encourage a dialogue between industry experts and academia, raise awareness, and enhance cooperation between our different communities.

Previous editions

Winners:

Martin Kientz
Renewable Methane Production by Catalytic reduction of CO2 using sunligh

Perla Haddad
Research on the Injection of New Gases into Storages

Ernstjan de Boer
Future Scenarios for Reassignment of Existing Natural Gas Transmission Pipelines for Hydrogen in Europe

Finalist:

Aurore Lecharlier 
Characterization of biogas and biomethane: analysis and speciation of trace compounds

Chirayu Thakur 
Biogas Cleaning for Catalytic Processes

Marco Cavana
Gas Network Modelling for a Multi-Gas System

Michał Grzybowski
Can hydrogen replace natural gas? – comparison of LNG and LH2 value chains

Jinrui Zhang
Life cycle assessment and cost analysis of LNG supply chain with cold energy utilization

The 2019 Young
Researchers’ Awards

An international competition in the prestigious setting of the European Gas Technology Conference (EGATEC)

Awards Ceremony at the Groningen Museum

The 2019 event took place in association with the EGATEC Conference on 6-8 November in Groningen, before an audience of more than 150 industry executives and policy makers.

The six themes explored by the Conference were Greening the Gas, Gas Utilisation, Sector Integration, Cleaning Energy / Methane Emissions, Decarbonising Natural Gas and Mobility. This diversity of subjects was echoed in the presentations of the Young Researchers Awards finalists, who impressed the audience with their innovative ideas and motivation. The booklet of abstracts can be found below. 

After a pitch presentation from each of the finalists, the young researchers discussed their findings and got feedback from the conference goers during a poster session.

A jury of gas industry professionals and academia had the difficult task to decide on three prizes to reward the best projects. It was a close match this year, but the winners are: Martin Kientz, for his work ‘Renewable Methane Production by Catalytic reduction of CO2 using sunlight’, Perla Haddad, with ‘Research on the Injection of New Gases into Storages’, and Ernstjan de Boer, who presented his ‘Future Scenarios for Reassignment of Existing Natural Gas Transmission Pipelines for Hydrogen in Europe’. 

GERG President Murès Zarea presented the prizes for the top three performances. He remarked that all of the participants of the Awards were winners in their own right, and had earned the opportunity to connect with the high level audience through the quality of their work. We look forward to updates on their research!

The winners

Martin Kientz

Renewable Methane Production by Catalytic reduction of CO2 using sunligh

Perla Haddad

Research on the Injection of New Gases into Storages

Ernstjan de Boer

Future Scenarios for Reassignment of Existing Natural Gas Transmission Pipelines for Hydrogen in Europe

The finalists

Aurore Lecharlier 

Characterization of biogas and biomethane: analysis and speciation of trace compounds

Chirayu Thakur 

Biogas Cleaning for Catalytic Processes

Marco Cavana

Gas Network Modelling for a  Multi-Gas System

Michał Grzybowski 

Can hydrogen replace natural gas? – comparison of LNG and LH2 value chains

Jinrui Zhang   

Life cycle assessment and cost analysis of LNG supply chain with cold energy utilization