Development options for the Dutch gas distribution grid in a changing gas market


Weidenaar, Taede and Hoekstra, S. and Wolters, Mannes (2011) Development options for the Dutch gas distribution grid in a changing gas market. In: 2011 IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control (ICNSC), 11-13 , Delft (pp. p. 32).

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Abstract:The Dutch gas distribution grid faces several
changes in the near future. Among others, the share of green gas
will grow, the interaction with the electricity distribution grid and
local heat grids will increase, and the grid will transform from
a mono-gas system to a multi-gas system. The gas distribution
grid is likely to be expanded with novel components, e.g.
blending stations, gas storage sites, and gas compressor stations.
Furthermore, these changes require the currently passive gas
distribution grid to become a smart gas grid that monitors and
controls the gas pressure, gas flow, and gas quality. Therefore, the
distribution service operators need to make investments in the gas
distribution grid. When looking at for example the introduction
of green gas, a decision tree on the optimal green gas supply
configuration can be identified. Decisions in this respect consider,
among others, the location of several process steps (perform the
process step locally at a small scale or centrally at a larger
scale) and the addition of components like a gas storage site or a
compressor station. Due to the multitude of development options
for the gas distribution grid and the fact that the best solution is
largely dependent on the local situation and performance criteria
(e.g. CO2 emission minimization or cost minimization), a tool
is required that can generate situation specific solutions. Each
solution generated by the tool should have its own advantages
and disadvantages. Generating multiple options and showing the
advantage and disadvantage of them provides the distribution
service operators insight in the available options and eases the
decision making on investments of the gas distribution grid.
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