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31st Aug 2020 SPE WA Reducing Net Carbon Footprint Webinar: Underground Sun Storage – Hydrogen storage for a renewable energy future

August 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free – $10.00

SPE WA are proud to present the details of our live webinar on Reducing Net Carbon Footprint titled “Underground Sun Storage – Hydrogen storage for a renewable energy future” presented by Markus Pichler (RAG, Austria)!

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Note that once you register on the website, a separate email will be sent to you which has a link that takes you to the webinar specific entry gateway the day before the webinar.

About the Presentation

Markus Pichler (RAG, Austria) will give a talk on the Underground Sun Storage project. The first phase of the project involved laboratory and research work to assess the physical, chemical and legal parameters associated with hydrogen injection into a depleted gas reservoir. This included investigating the seal integrity against hydrogen migration as well as ensuring that the installed facilities could cope with hydrogen without significant changes to the construction materials used or established workflows. Additionally, a benchmark study of the “Power to Gas” technology was conducted to find the economic circumstances that will allow this technology to be profitable. The second phase involved the actual planning, authorisation, building and execution of a real-life field test. A new related project on subsurface bioconversion of hydrogen and CO2 into methane is ongoing.

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About the Speaker – Markus Pichler

Markus Pichler studied Petroleum Engineering with a specialisation in Reservoir Engineering at the Montanuniversität Leoben. Before finishing his master’s degree, he’d already joined the UGS team of RAG in 2012. His work includes planning and developing underground gas storages as well as customer service. Additionally, he is working for the green-gas technology department as a senior researcher in the topics of geochemistry, microbiology, geo-methanation and hydrogen infrastructure. Since 2018, he has also been responsible for the production and development of “brown” gas fields. He is member of Marcogaz, SPE and ÖVGW where he regularly participates as a speaker.



August 31, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free – $10.00


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