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Start of the European reference project "EUH2STARS"

Start of the European reference project "EUH2STARS"

Paving the way towards the future of European underground hydrogen storage

THE EUH2STARS is an ambitious, industry-driven flagship project supported by the Clean Hydrogen Partnership (via the 2023 call HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2023-02-1 – Large-Scale Demonstration of Underground Hydrogen Storage programme).

The project consortium, comprising of natural gas storage operators, technology providers, utility, research- and governmental organisations, is entrusted by the European Commission to demonstrate a competitive, complete and qualified underground hydrogen storage (UHS) in depleted porous natural gas reservoirs at technical readiness level (TRL) 8 by the end of the decade. Furthermore, EUH2STARS is a European flagship project for the conversion of existing underground natural gas into hydrogen storages and will pave the way for their integration into the future European hydrogen infrastructure. This will be demonstrated via several replication sites which are an integral part of the EUH2STARS project.  

As one of Europe’s biggest natural gas storage operator’s, RAG Austria AG is in the unique position to contribute an already existing UHS pilot facility, developed to TRL 6 within the Underground Sun Storage 2030 project, to the EUH2STARS project. A broad range of experience gained within the implementation of USS-2030 shall be processed to develop and define overarching rules and recommendations for hydrogen underground storage across Europe complemented with project experiences from consortium partner’s research activities (e.g. HyUSPRe, Aquamarine, Undergy, H2 Moonshot). 

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