University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna
Department for Agrobiotechnology, IFA Tulln
Institute of Environmental Biotechnology
The institute’s Geobiotechnology and Chemodynamics working group under Prof. Andreas P. Loibner brings microbiology expertise to the project, offering extensive experience in the scientific description of microbial consortia and their metabolic capabilities. Research is carried out into microbial processes that take place underground, which are then evaluated in terms of their potential commercial use. As part of the Underground Sun Storage project, the group is examining microbial communities in natural gas storage facilities, and assessing microbial changes in the gas and in storage reservoirs following the addition of hydrogen. Insights gained from laboratory experiments (work package 3) will feed into implementation of the field trial (work package 8).