The European Commission has published a study on the impact of the use of biomethane and hydrogen on trans-European infrastructure, a project led by Trinomics in collaboration with Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik (LBST) and E3 Modelling (E3M). With the aim at obtaining a better picture of the potential of biomethane and hydrogen to contribute to the decarbonisation of the EU energy system, with a special focus on the role of the gas infrastructure in the EU energy transition, the study develops three explorative scenarios, each focused on strong end-use of one of three considered energy carriers: electricity, methane or hydrogen.

According to the study, biomethane and hydrogen will play an important role in the transition to a decarbonised energy system. However, the EU potential for sustainable biomethane is limited, while the technical potential for hydrogen and synthetic methane production based on renewable electricity is large enough to substitute the (remaining) natural gas demand.

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