Underground Energy Storage Technologies is a centre of excellence for underground storage facilities and aims at accelerating the implementation of hydrogen and carbon storage operations. It consolidates 95 years of combined corporate experience in underground storage gathered by the HOT Energy Group, RED Drilling & Services and Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz (CAC) in collaboration with storage operators, leading universities and research organisations.
OUR COMBINED CORPORATE EXPERIENCE
Billion Cubic Metres of Storage Capacity
Storage Surface Facilities Developments – from Concept to Operation
Planned & Drilled
Energy Storage Wells
Metres Storage Reservoir
Storage and Production Stations
Years of Combined Corporate Experience
Our Key Team
Dr Diethard Kratzer
Diethard Kratzer combines 30+ years of experience in consulting and R&D management. He is founder and CEO of HOT Engineering and heading the HOT Energy Group.
Dr Andreas Harrer
Andreas Harrer is Head of Consulting Services for the HOT Energy Group. With almost 20 years’ in-depth experience in reservoir engineering and simulation, Andreas has conducted and supervised the modelling and planning of many underground gas storage facilities.
DI Heimo Heinzle
Drilling & Well Engineering
Heimo Heinzle is Technical Director at RED Drilling & Services. He is a petroleum engineer with more than 20 years of experience and has held a variety of positions as drilling engineer and engineering manager in Austria and abroad.
Rudolf Loisel is a production engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the commissioning, operation and optimization of natural gas drying and underground gas storage facilities. As a long-time employee of RAG Austria, one of the leading European storage operators, he was responsible for the production and maintenance of gas fields as well as the operation of natural gas storage facilities. Being former supervisor for the Haidach gas storage facility, he is well familiar with project support, commissioning and operation of process engineering systems in the oil and gas industry.
Leopold Hauser is a mechanical engineer with almost 30 years of experience in the development, execution and operation of Underground Gas Storages Surface Facilities – from concept development up to operation. As Engineering Manager of RAG Austria, one of the leading European storage operators, Leopold was serving the development of more than 10 gas storage surface facilities.
DI Joerg Engelmann
Project Management & Surface
Joerg Engelmann is CEO at CAC with more than 30 years of experience in the management of Large Industrial Projects including the implementation of surface facilities for natural gas storages. Since 2004 he has been leading the CAC Group of Companies.
Process & Surface
Stephan Canzler is Senior Process Engineer and acting as Product Manager and Lead Engineer for projects of natural gas surface facilities and Compressor Stations. Since more than 30 years he has been responsible for the development of a customized process technology and the later commissioning of the respective facility.
Dr Leonhard Ganzer
Research & Advisory
Leonhard Ganzer is head of the Institute of Subsurface Energy Systems at Technical University Clausthal in Germany focusing on underground hydrogen storage, CO2 injection, carbon capture and storage (CCS) or usage (CCU). He is experienced in leading roles of R&D projects and technology development for underground storage of hydrogen or CO2. He also acts as expert for the Austrian mining authority for underground gas storage projects.
Dr Jonas Wegner
Jonas Wegner is Chief Technical Officer with HOT Microfluidics and Head of Laboratory Services for the HOT Energy Group. He has been lead developer for the application of microfluidic technologies for the visualisation of underground flow and transport processes. Jonas is reservoir engineer with eight years’ experience focusing on fluid flow in porous media, enhanced recovery and numerical modelling and simulation. He authored and co-authored many scientific papers and is instructor for the industry and academia.
Dr Birger Hagemann
Birger Hagemann is senior scientist at the Institute of Subsurface Energy Systems, Clausthal University of Technology. He has been working on several scientific and industrial projects related to the underground storage of hydrogen, carbon dioxide and natural gas and underground bio-methanation. His emphasis is the numerical modeling and simulation of gas storage operations considering microbial interactions.
ABOUT THE HOT ENERGY GROUP (HOT)
“While our core business originated in the upstream oil and gas industry, our innovations, technologies and solutions are scalable, expandable and portable across other energy systems and industries, and have made us a trusted advisor and partner for energy transition and innovative and sustainable energy solutions and subsurface energy systems.”
Dr Diethard Kratzer, Founder & CEO
ABOUT RED DRILLING & SERVICES (RED)
“Being a former operator, RED understands the needs of its clients and combines planning and operations experience of more than 1.200 projects with best in class performance while achieving highest quality and safety standards.”
di HEIMO HEINZLE, MANAGING DIRECTOR
ABOUT Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz (CAC)
Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz GmbH (CAC) is a renowned plant engineering company with more than 25 years’ experience in the planning, implementation and commissioning of gas plants and also surface facilities for natural gas underground storages by providing the whole range of engineering services from its own sources.
With around 400 employees, 280 at the company headquarters in Chemnitz, CAC has built more than 500 industrial plants worldwide.
“By considering our long term experiences and technological competencies, CAC is combining the flexibility of a medium-sized privately owned enterprise with project related skills and tools of a large Industrial Plant Manufacturer.”
DI Joerg Engelmann, CEO & Shareholder