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

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.
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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)

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STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 166 250

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

HBI HAERTER GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 147 500

BAYERISCHES LASERZENTRUM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 138 125

GENERAL ELECTRIC (SWITZERLAND) GMBH

Switzerland

ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 90 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 654387

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2015

  • End date

    31 May 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.4.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 373 637,50

  • EU contribution

    € 939 137,50

Coordinated by:

MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN

Austria