This video explains the Power2Gas process that forms the basis of the DanuP2Gas project

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

Duration: 07/2020 – 12/2022

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 targets of the European Strategy for the Danube Region, DanuP-2-Gas supports transnational energy planning by strengthening generation and storage strategies for renewables in the Danube Region via advanced sector coupling technologies.

DanuP-2-Gas is funded by the Danube Transnational Programme with an overall project volume of 2.5 million Euro. 14 partners from 10 countries in the Danube Region are working on this website, the Danube Energy Platform.

The technical concept, providing the basis for the projects, are thermochemical conversion processes and power-to-gas technologies. Biomass, mainly waste and residues, is gasified and then converted into climate-neutral biomethane using electrolytically generated hydrogen. This can be stored and transported in the existing gas network without additional effort, thus contributing to the decarbonization of the existing infrastructure. Applications thus become climate-neutral in their operation. In addition, the gas grid offers enormous storage capacities, also for the seasonal storage of renewable energies. The existing natural gas grid is a cost-efficient infrastructure for the distribution of renewable energy in form of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG).

The main idea of DanuP-2-Gas is to embrace further development of the technology and the implementation of power-to-gas plants with methanation in the Danube Region. On this website, potential investors and stakeholders can find necessary information to get pilot and demonstration plant projects started.

The heart of the platform is the Transnational Renewable Energy Atlas. It shows the location of biogenic resources and infrastructural conditions like the availability of renewable energy plants and gas or electricity grids. In combination with the corresponding optimization tool for effective plant design, the atlas eliminates initial analysis for future investors.

Additionally, the platform provides a partner search tool to find ideal partners for implementation projects. In the subsidies catalogue, stakeholder can identify funding programmes and other financial incentives to build a power-to-gas hub in the Danube countries. The legal framework influencing the described concept will also be assessed on national and European level to develop a unified transnational strategy including roadmaps for simplified implementation. The roadmaps will be provided on this platform. Finally, effective knowledge transfer will be ensured via workshops elaborating future pilot projects and business models with interested stakeholders using the developed platform and its tools.

DanuP-2-Gas brings business actors, public authorities, research institutions and energy agencies together, will contribute to the improvement of energy efficiency and security in the Danube Region and will help to get closer towards climate-neutrality.

Overall budget:        2.553.726,85 EUR 
ERDF Contribution    2.109.336,02 EUR
IPA Contribution            61.331,75 EUR