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Design Study for the European Underground Research Infra-structure related to Advanced Adiabatic Compressed Air Energy Storage

Objective

Challenges like climate change, economic, social and sustainable development as well as security are closely linked to the energy supply of European societies. In 2009, the European Union adopted a ‘climate and energy package’ including that at least 20% of EU gross final energy consumption have to come from renewable energy sources until 2020. The challenge of RICAS2020 is given by intermittent renewable energy sources which require increased energy storage to time shift this energy to meet daily demand. As a consequence, the demand for technologies for providing and storing energy is consequently increasing.
The RICAS2020 Design Study for the European Underground Research Infrastructure related to Advanced Adiabatic Compressed Air Energy Storage (AA-CAES) will provide concepts to set-up a research infrastructure dedicated to underground storage of very high amounts of green energy. The big advantage of the new concepts will be that the underground energy storage can be performed independently from the encountered geological conditions and also at all places where high energy demand exists.
AA-CAES collects the heat produced by compression and returns it to the air when the air is expanded to generate power and thus delivers higher efficiencies via a zero-carbon process. The Design Study RICAS2020 will provide concepts on the key criteria and focus on technical, legal, institutional and financial requirements of such a research facility and will be open for the whole European Research Area, especially for all research fields close to Energy Providers and Suppliers.
RICAS2020 will be located as an extension to the research infrastructure Research@ZaB in Eisenerz, Austria, which is financed by the Austrian government and designed as a European Underground Research-, Training- and Test-facility focussing on underground mobility including tunnels and subways. Synergies between RICAS2020 and Research@ZaB will be given in all underground technologies.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

H2020-INFRADEV-1-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN
Address
Franz Josef Strasse 18
8700 Leoben
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 397 262,50

Participants (6)

STIFTELSEN SINTEF
Norway
EU contribution
€ 166 250
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HBI HAERTER GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 147 500
Address
Friedrich Ebert Strasse 25
89522 Heidenheim An Der Brenz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BAYERISCHES LASERZENTRUM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 138 125
Address
Konrad Zuse Strasse 2-6
91052 Erlangen
Activity type
Research Organisations
GENERAL ELECTRIC (SWITZERLAND) GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Brown Boveri Strasse 7
5401 Baden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 90 000
Address
Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa
Activity type
Research Organisations