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

RICAS2020 will provide an innovative design concept of an Underground Research Infrastructure to develop technologies by which the storage of very high amounts of “green” energy will be possible. The big advantage of the new design concept will be the independence from the encountered geological conditions. This means that energy will be directly stored at all places where high energy demands will exist.

RICAS2020 – the planned European Underground Research Infrastructure for Advanced Adiabatic Compressed Air Energy Storage will provide unique research opportunities for companies as well as for research institutions to contribute to this demand which is also of great interest for a variety of research fields in underground engineering. RICAS2020 will be located as an extension of the independent 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.

The Design Study RICAS2020 aims to create an underground research infrastructure for AA-CAES and focuses on the technical, legal, institutional and financial requirements in order to get an approval as a future research facility.

The research project is being funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme.

Project Budget: 1’373’638 €

LEITAT Budget: 90’000 €

Financial Framework: Horizon 2020

Contract number: 654387

Start Date: 01/06/2015

End Date: 31/05/2018


Contact Manager: J. Casellas

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654387. This publication reflects only the author’s views and the European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.