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 by “Advanced Adiabatic Compressed Air Energy Storage” (AA-CAES). 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 exists.
The Design Study will cover the key stages of the research infrastructure’s life-cycle – the requirements development phase and the preparation phase. RICAS2020 therefore focuses on the technical, legal, institutional, and financial requirements to get an approval as a future research facility.