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.
The 2022 event took place in association with the European Gas Technology Conference 2022 (EGATEC 2022) on 14th – 15th June in Hamburg, bringing together high-level representatives from the European gas industry, universities, companies, and other stakeholders. Organized by MARCOGAZ and GERG, the conference was hosted by the German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW) and supported by the European Research Institute for Gas and Energy Innovation (ERIG).
EGATEC 2022 worked as a platform to exchange knowledge and experience on the challenges and opportunities the energy transition and decarbonization efforts present for the gas industry.
The main topics that were covered during the conference: The role of gas in the future energy system, How gas can become carbon neutral, Hydrogen infrastructure, Future gas utilisation, EU climate goals, Biogas and SNG from biomass, Domestic production and import of eFuels, H2 Readiness, H2 and renewable methane in the mobility sector, European hydrogen backbone and IPCEI projects, Lighthouse projects, Next steps for the gas industry…
During the conference, the students had the opportunity to present their posters and discuss with high-level representatives from the European gas industry, universities, companies, and other stakeholders. Furthermore, during the session dedicated to the awards, each of the students gave a pith presentation of their PhD project, evaluated by a jury of senior members of the associations co-organising the conference.
During the award ceremony event at the charming venue of ‘Hamburg Del Mar’ the three winners were announced, and GERG awarded them prizes of 1000€.
PhD student, Ruhr University Bochum
“New Fundamental Equations of State for an Improved Description of Hydrogen-Rich Mixtures with the Reference Model GERG-2008”
PhD student at TU Wien - Technische Universität Wien
“Recovery and purification of seasonally stored, high-pressure, green hydrogen from depleted natural gas reservoirs.”
PhD student, MINES ParisTech, PSL University / Engie Lab Crigen - Center of Research and Innovation on Gases and New Energies
“Modelling Cryogenic Fluids for application to LNG as fuel in Small-Scale Tanks”
PhD Student from the University of Zaragoza
“Improving biogas quality by CH4/CO2 separation: the pivotal role of sustainable biomass-derived activated carbons.”
MSc Energy Engineering and Management, Instituto Superior Tecnico Lisboa
“Technological and economical assessment on hydrogen energy conversion systems based in gas turbines”
Aragon Institute of Engineering Research (I3A), PhD student from University of Zaragoza
“Intensified methanation (SESaR) with Ni-Fe based catalysts for biogas upgrading”
PhD Candidate at the University of Zaragoza
“Techno-economic viability of different Power to Gas integration configurations in a BF-BOF iron and steel plant.”
PhD Student in low carbon energy systems at General Electric & Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté
“Design of an integrated and replicable green hydrogen-based system with gas turbines for large-scale dispatchable power generation: a cross-sectoral approach.”