funded by the German Ministry for Economics (BMWi)
In 2016, about 50% of the German heat demand was covered by natural gas. Only approx. 13% of the overall heat was provided by renewable energies. This leads to high dependencies on natural gas and uncertainties regarding future security of supply and prices. In order to reduce those issues, numerous technologies aim to produce substitutes for natural gas from renewable energies:
- Biomethane through the treatment of biogas
- Substitute Natural Gas (SNG) by methanation of synthesis gas from thermo-chemical conversion of ligneous biomass
- Hydrogen production by use of renewable electricity (Power-to-Hydrogen, PtH) as well as its conversion to synthetic natural gas (Power-to-Methane, PtM)
The project "SustainableGas" aims to simulate possible market scenarios for the integration of those renewable gases into the German gas market until 2050. A special focus is laid on local environmental and social structures which are integrated additionally to the energy economics into the model in cooperation with project partners from LMU Munich and FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg.
Bera - Boreal Ecosystem Recovery and Assessment
funded by NSERC
The boreal-forest regions of Alberta are under increasing pressure from human development related to natural-resource extraction. Roads, seismic lines, well sites, cut blocks, mines, pipelines, and other elements of human footprint exert cumulative environmental effects that can harm biodiversity, water quality, and the habitat of threatened species such as woodland caribou. In order to mitigate these effects, resource-extraction companies and provincial regulators are working to develop monitoring initiatives that track the amount of human footprint present in a given area, and measure the rate at which previously disturbed areas are being reclaimed.