Danube countries united to introduce renewable energies
September 17, 2021 – The DANUP-2-Gas project, which develops renewable energy opportunities for all Danube countries, will host a stakeholder event on September 28 at the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science (FER) from the University of Zagreb.
The beautiful Danube region in Slavonia, in addition to its natural beauty, is also of great historical and archaeological significance. This is evident with the European Commission having recognized the ”Iron Age Danube Route ” earlier this year.
That being said, the Danube also has a political and economic factor, one that unites all the countries crossed by the Danube. One form of this international cooperation is the DANUP-2-GAS project.
The Danube region has enormous potential for sustainable production and storage of renewable energy. However, to date, this region has remained highly dependent on energy imports, while energy efficiency, diversity and the share of renewables are low. In line with the EU climate targets for 2030 and the EUSDR PA2 targets, DanuP-2-Gas will advance transnational energy planning by promoting renewable energy production and storage strategies in the Danube region by coupling energy electricity and gas sector, ” says the official Interreg Danube website which manages the project.
In order to achieve their objectives, the DANUP-2-Gas project aims to bring together energy agencies, economic players, public authorities and research institutes to join the cause.
The project started on July 1, 2020 and will last until the end of 2022. So far, 24 institutions from Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia and of course Croatian partners have started to cooperate for DANUP-2-Gas, united by the geographical fact that the Danube connects them all. The Hrvoje Požar Energy Institute (EIHP), the International Center for Sustainable Development of Energy, Hydraulic and Environmental Systems and the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering (FER) of the University of Zagreb are the Croatian representatives of the project. . See the full list of project partners here.
As (EIHP) reported on its website, September 28 will be an important date for the DANUP-2-Gas project as the FER will host a stakeholder event from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., lectures in English will explain the potential of the project, as well as the uses and benefits of renewable energies in the hope of encouraging further support.
The event is envisioned as a hybrid event, taking place partly online and partly in person, but as the EIHP warns, there is a risk that the event will take place entirely online, depending on the epidemiological situation. .
Based on the platform developed during the DTP ENERGY BARGE project, it will integrate all pre-existing tools and an atlas, mapping the biomass and energy infrastructures available so far not examined. In addition, a pre-feasibility study using an optimization tool for efficient hub design will identify suitable locations for sectors coupling hubs and a combination of two unused resources in the Danube region.
Unused organic residues (eg straw) will be turned into biochar for easy transport along the Danube and as a basis for the generation of syngas. The addition of hydrogen produced from a surplus of renewable energy allows the upgrading of this synthesis gas into renewable natural gas. This will allow the storage of excess energy in the existing gas distribution network, thus increasing energy security and efficiency. All the resources for this process are available in the Danube region and in the ten partner countries, ” the Interreg Danube website said, elaborating on the positive changes it is trying to achieve.
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