Underground Sun Storage - Start

Final report of research project has been published

16.02.2018 | Report

Findings of the research project provide the basis for further research

Stakeholder Workshop

09.06.2017 | Report

On 9th June 2017 a final Stakeholder Workshop was hosted by RAG in Vienna.

Update to field trial - withdrawal mode successfully completed

19.01.2017 | Report

Last week, the withdrawal operation was successfully completed on schedule.

Update to the field trial

31.10.2016 | Report

After a shut-in period of approximately 4 months, the withdrawals began at the end of October.

Project extension

15.07.2016 | Report

Due to delays - see report dated 01.04.2016 – the project’s extension until June 30th 2017 has been approved by the sponsors.

Field Trial Update

09.10.2016 | Report

The injection period was successfully completed by the end of June.

Power-to-Gas Platform

23.06.2016 | Report

On the 10th March, the Austrian Power-to-Gas Platform paid a visit to the Underground Sun Storage.

Gas Processors Association – Spring Conference Paris

23.06.2016 | Report

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.

10. International Renewable Energy Storage Conference Düsseldorf/Germany

23.06.2016 | Report

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.

16th Global Energy Village Summit Salzburg

23.06.2016 | Report

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.

Beginning of field trial – 1st April 2016

23.06.2016 | Report

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.

Stakeholder Meeting

27.01.2016 | Report

On 27th January 2016 another Stakeholder Workshop was hosted by the project partner NAFTA in Bratislava.

Delays in test procedure

20.01.2016 | Report

Due to technical problems in the hydrogen generation system the test procedure in Pilsbach is currently experiencing delays.

Opening of the Underground Sun Storage research facility on 05/10/2015 in Pilsbach, Upper Austria

05.10.2015 |

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.

Residents Day at the Underground Sun Storage research facility on 06/10/2015 in Pilsbach, Upper Austria

06.10.2015 |

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.

Construction progress

18.06.2015 | Report

18 June 2015 is a red letter day: the centrepiece of the facility, the electrolysis system manufactured by Etogas, is scheduled for delivery

26. World Gas Conference, Paris

08.06.2015 | Report

The International Gas Union (IGU) hosted the World Gas Conference (WGC), which takes place every three years, from 1-5 June 2015 in Paris.

National Science Slam final

01.06.2015 | Report

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.

Start of contruction

01.05.2015 | Report

Construction began on the field trial for the Underground Sun Storage project at the end of April

New partnership with Hychico S.A.

30.11.2014 | Report

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.

1. Science Slam at the University of Leoben

20.11.2014 | Report

Presenting the Underground Sun Storage project, Professor Markus Lehner won the preliminary round of the inaugural Science Slam at the University of Leoben.

Field trial preparations under way

12.08.2014 | Report

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.

2. Stakeholder Meeting

24.11.2014 | Report

The second Stakeholder Workshop for the Underground Sun Storage project took place at the Grand Hotel Wien on 21 November 2014.

Workshop in Leoben

05.06.2014 | Report

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.

1. Stakeholder Meeting

16.09.2013 | Report

On 11th October the project team presented the initial findings from the work packages and planned lab tests.

Kick off Meeting

02.12.2013 | Report

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.