Workshop on “Underground Storage of Hydrogen in Oman” at the RWTH Aachen University
The German University of Technology is a private university in Oman whose Bachelor’s programs are internationally accredited. It is associated with the RWTH Aachen University, the place where a technical workshop on underground hydrogen gas storage in Oman took place a few weeks ago.
“An efficient storage and buffering system for hydrogen is essential for the production and application of green hydrogen on a large scale,” emphasized the Rector of GUtech, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Modigell. In addition, Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bauer, Head of the Department of Applied Geosciences, took part in the workshop, as well as other honorary members of the university’s academic staff.
Dr. Bernd Wiemann and Günther Weber from Hydrogen Rise AG, a company specializing in hydrogen fuel technologies, were among the initiators and organizers of this workshop and were pleased about the great interest.
“By bundling relevant research results, we have been able to advance the networking of science and industry to a certain extent”. The aim of the training was also to promote the transfer of knowledge for the benefit of local infrastructures in Oman.
During the workshop Prof. Bauer gave an overview of the geology of Oman and the research currently being carried out at GUtech.
Among other things, he vividly illustrated where exposed salt domes are located in the central Ghaba salt basin in southern Oman. Prof. Krause from the Technical University of Freiburg explained the HYPOS project for hydrogen storage in caverns, their general conditions and the planned project work. Further research is needed to identify the best reservoirs for hydrogen storage.
(c) Text: Hydrogen Rise AG, Photo: RWTH Aachen, Peter Winandy