Findings of the research project provide the basis for further research
On 9th June 2017 a final Stakeholder Workshop was hosted by RAG in Vienna.
Last week, the withdrawal operation was successfully completed on schedule.
After a shut-in period of approximately 4 months, the withdrawals began at the end of October.
The injection period was successfully completed by the end of June.
Due to delays - see report dated 01.04.2016 – the project’s extension until June 30th 2017 has been approved by the sponsors.
The results drawn from the Working Package 6 “Separation of Hydrogen” of the Underground Sun Storage were presented at the International Spring Conference of GPA in Paris by Dr. Aleksander Makaruk.
The 16th Global Energy Village Summit which focused on “Storage Strategy – Implementing the Green Storage Strategy“, took place from 11th to 13th April with RAG’s participation.
After a delay of the field trial due to technical problems in the hydrogen generation plant, the field trial “Underground Sun Storage“ has now been launched successfully.
As part of the 10th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES 2016), the 5th OTTI-Power-to-Gas Conference took place as an official side event.
On the 10th March, the Austrian Power-to-Gas Platform paid a visit to the Underground Sun Storage.
On 27th January 2016 another Stakeholder Workshop was hosted by the project partner NAFTA in Bratislava.
Due to technical problems in the hydrogen generation system the test procedure in Pilsbach is currently experiencing delays.
After the official opening on Monday 5th October 2015, RAG invited the residents of Pilsbach and Moosham to “Residents Day” at the Underground Sun Storage research facility. More than 200 residents took the chance to visit the site and ask about the unique project.
The continuing growth of solar and wind power means there is a need for pioneering energy storage solutions. Large underground gas storage facilities are already proven to be safe and reliable.
18 June 2015 is a red letter day: the centrepiece of the facility, the electrolysis system manufactured by Etogas, is scheduled for delivery
The International Gas Union (IGU) hosted the World Gas Conference (WGC), which takes place every three years, from 1-5 June 2015 in Paris.
After winning the preliminary stage at the University of Leoben, Professor Markus Lehner took part in the nationwide Science Slam final on 30 May 2015, showcasing the Underground Sun Storage project.
Construction began on the field trial for the Underground Sun Storage project at the end of April
A collaboration with Hychico S.A., an Argentinian company with many years of experience in renewable energy generation and hydrogen production, began in November 2014.
The second Stakeholder Workshop for the Underground Sun Storage project took place at the Grand Hotel Wien on 21 November 2014.
Presenting the Underground Sun Storage project, Professor Markus Lehner won the preliminary round of the inaugural Science Slam at the University of Leoben.
Initial results have been published after almost a year of intensive research. Based on these, the field trial to be conducted as part of the Underground Sun Storage project was given the green light.
An internal workshop for the entire project team was held on 5 June 2014 at the facilities of the Chair of Process Technology and Industrial Environmental Protection in the University of Leoben’s Department of Environmental and Energy Process Engineering.
The objective of this opening meeting was to define the initial tasks in each work package, and to ensure a quick, coordinated project start-up phase.
On 11th October the project team presented the initial findings from the work packages and planned lab tests.