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  • 14th November 2019 - Announcement of selected papers
  • Oral Presentation
  • Poster Presentation

A. Gas Pipelines and Distribution

 A-1. Gas Measurement, Gas Quality Management, and Safety

  • Gas measurement innovations for volumes, energy content, and constituents
  • Gas quality tracking and modeling
  • Analysis of operating conditions, diagnostics and optimization including ICT and sensor systems
  • Materials responses to gases
  • Gas transportation systems safety   

A-2. O&M of pipelines

  • Analysis of internal and external system conditions
  • Analysis and diagnostic methods
  • Evaluation of polymeric system materials
  • Evaluation and maintenance of metallic system materials
  • Asset integrity management   

A-3. Digital Transformation and Date Enabled Technology

  • Digitalization of pipeline integrity information
  • Simulation and modeling  of O&M  (3-D, AI, digital twins, IoT, blockchains, VR/AR)
  • Remote sensing and vehicles   

A-4. Greening the Pipeline and Distribution System Lifecycle

  • Environmentally-responsible routing and ROW activities
  • Green construction practices and methods and methane emissions mitigation
  • Decommissioning and land reclamation technologies and best practices. 

A-5. Other topics

  • Other topics not included above are included here

B. Gas Supply

B-1. Natural Gas Exploration and Production

  • Latest advances in prospecting, drilling technologies, and production optimization
  • Reservoir characterization, simulation, monitoring, management, and “smart fields”
  • Monetization of marginal and remote fields and associated gas
  • Non-conventional gas production technology (tight sands and shales, coalbed methane, methane hydrates)
  • Offshore gas production and treatment
  • Enhanced recovery approaches and technology

B-2. Gas Storage

  • Modern energy market underground storage design and operation
  • Novel energy storage approaches based upon natural gas
  • Gas storage and transport using hydrates and other media

B-3. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

  • Latest advances in technology for the traditional LNG value chain (liquefaction, storage, regasification)
  • Small-scale, remote, and satellite LNG design and operation
  • Floating LNG facilities and unit technology (FLNG, FSRU, FSU, carriers)
  • Technologies for the changing LNG market (cargo reloading, breakbulk operations, containerized delivery)
  • Cold utilization and co-product monetization

B-4.  Methane Venting and Fugitive Emission Reduction

  • Technologies and practices for carbon capture, utilization, storage and monetization
  • Measurement and simulation approaches for fugitive emissions characterization
  • Technologies and management practices for controlling methane and carbon dioxide releases and emissions

B-5.  Renewable Gases

  • Latest technologies for producing renewable natural gas (RNG) from wastes and biological sources
  • Technologies for hydrogen production from power-to-gas (PtG) and other sources and for synthetic fuels
  • Gas quality measurement and evaluation for interchangeability with conventional gases.

B-6.  Other topics

  • Other topics not included above are included here

C. Gas Utilization (Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Mobility)

C-1. Economy, Planning and Management

  • ICT to integrate and optimize energy systems
  • Neural networks, stochastic approaches and big data for the gas industry
  • R&D and Innovation strategies for commercialization of new technologies
  • Activating the grid: use of feedback controls in gas grids
  • Blockchain for valorizing green gasses

C-2. Energy and Environment

  • Sensor technologies to help adapt to changing and varying gas qualities
  • LCA methodologies for gas utilization
  • Carbon neutral or negative technologies for end users
  • Process integration technologies
  • CO2 capture: post- and pre-production technologies
  • Methane emission reduction in end use

C-3. Conventional technologies

  • Improvement in efficiency and affordability
  • Use of hydrogen or biogas mixtures in existing appliances
  • CNG and LNG as transport fuels
  • LNG as a bunker fuel for marine use
  • Use of exhaust gas for products

C-4. Emerging technologies

  • Fuel cells: residential, commercial, industrial and mobility applications
  • Reliable and affordable systems for emerging economies
  • Non-traditional technologies with gas (e.g. ORC, hybrid systems)
  • De-central gas production technologies for tackling energy poverty
  • Gas applications for cooling and trigeneration

C-5. Other topics  

  • Other topics not included above are included here

D. Environment and Sustainability

D-1. Methane emissions measurement and reduction

  • Technologies and practices for capture, utilization, storage, and monetization
  • Measurement and quantification technologies
  • Technologies and management practices for controlling methane and carbon  dioxide releases and emissions

D-2. Carbon Capture Storage and Utilization

  • Incorporating CO2 into liquid or gaseous fuels
  • Storing CO2 into geological formations
  • Transformation of CO2 into chemicals or building materials
  • Novel CO2 capture technologies benefiting the gas value chain 

D-3. Low emission technologies

  • Low emission LNG technologies
  • Novel or leading combustion technologies for heating or electricity generation

D-4. Reduction of plastic wastes  

  • Efficient technologies to transform plastic wastes to syngas
  • Technologies to convert plastic wastes into pipeline quality gas
  • Co-Gasification of plastic wastes with other materials such as biomass
  • Plastic to hydrogen technologies
  • Reuse of plastic wastes for polymeric system

D-5. Gas and urban air quality 

  • Low cost conversion methods for heating systems to improve urban air quality in emerging markets
  • Gas technologies to improve air quality in residential, commercial, or industrial utilizations
  • Impact of syngas, renewable gas, or hydrogen blending on urban air quality

D-6. Environmental assessment and Cost of Energy  

  • LCA methodologies for methane and CO2 emission
  • Using natural gas in remote locations to provide economic energy
  • Low cost solutions to provide natural gas to alleviate energy poverty
  • Low cost solutions to provide natural gas to replace dirty fuels

D-7. RNG (biogas and gasification)  

  • Novel or emerging renewable gas technologies that increase gas yields and decreases cost
  • Emerging gasification technologies for biomass or other fuels

D-8. Other topics  

  • Other topics not included above are included here

E. Cross-cutting topics 

E-1. Role of gas in a coupled energy system

  • What role does natural gas play in a low carbon energy system?
  • Complementary role of gas to instability of renewable energy
  • The most efficient and economic uses for natural gas infrastructure to store excess renewable energy
  • Utilizing the natural gas grid to provide increased resiliency
  • Smart energy network, smart grid, and virtual power plant (VPP)

E-2. Overview of Power to X including storage

  • Power to gas (H2, CH4) and liquid( Alcohol, NH3,Chemical hydride, Formic acid etc.)
  • What is the future of power to X and how will gas networks play in this future, or will they? 

E-3. Methods or technologies to accommodate H2 and RNG blending into methane networks

  • Solutions for blending H2 into methane networks
  • Examples of high hydrogen networks and technologies and solutions for dealing with variance in H2 concentrations
  • Storage or other solutions for cost effective and efficient blending of RNG into gas networks
  • Impact of hydrogen mixing/blending on the full gas value chain; challenges and solutions 

E-4. Digital technologies 

  • Overview of digital technologies: Artificial intelligence (AI), Deep learning, Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics, Augmented reality (AR), Virtual reality (VR), Mixed reality (MR), Blockchain, etc.
  • Implementation of digital technologies in the gas industry 

E-5. Innovation management and disruptive technologies 

  • Open vs internal innovation
  • Technologies that could disrupt the gas industry

E-6. Other cross-cutting topics

  • Applying lean culture in oil and gas industries
  • Human resources and aspects 
  • Other topics not included above are included here