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Unique research project to investigate underground storage of wind and solar energy

Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology Alois Stöger, Managing Director of the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund Theresia Vogel and RAG Chief Executive Officer Markus Mitteregger open the Underground Sun Storage test facility in Pilsbach, Upper Austria.

For the first time, a research project will investigate the possibility of storing wind and solar power at a former gas field. The storage project is based on power to gas technology, which converts electricity generated in this way into a mixture of methane and hydrogen.

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RAG: High gas storage capacities in Austria

The natural gas storage facilities operated by RAG in Upper Austria and Salzburg offer a storage capacity of 5.8 billion cubic meters. This represents about 75 percent of Austria's annual consumption of natural gas. In comparison, the annual consumption to the national available storage volume Austria is a leader in Europe.
RAG is one of the biggest storage facility operators in Europe and is significantly contributing to the security of energy supply.

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Underground gas storage facilities ensuring security of supply

With the technically operated storage capacity of approximately 5.8 billion cubic meters of natural gas RAG is significantly contributing to the security of gas supply in Austria and throughout Central Europe. Natural gas storage is a core business of RAG. Over 30 year´s experience and extension of its storage facilities have made RAG one of Europe´s leading storage operator. RAG storage facilities are used by national and international customers. With the technically operated storage capacity of approximately five billion cubic meters of natural gas RAG is significantly contributing to the security of gas supply in Austria and throughout Central Europe.

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