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13 radical ideas launched

From 1 September, the maturation process of 13 radical ideas will begin. All the ideas are deemed to have the potential to impact the future development of the oil and gas industry. For the next three months, the researchers will investigate their ideas in an effort to figure out whether they still have potential or not.

2017.09.04 | Rasmus Rørbæk

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In the spring, 53 suggestions to what a radical idea could look like in the oil and gas industry were proposed. This happened in connection with the Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre’s (DHRTC) Radical Innovation Sprint where a call was made for out-of-the box research ideas.

“We are pleased to have received a great number of good and creative suggestions as to how to initiate a radical development within oil and gas production. The visions in the projects are all very exciting and we hope that the results in time will lead to improved ways of recovering oil and gas. We follow the projects closely from the centre in an effort to support the researchers with the industry perspective to provide the projects with optimal settings,” says Lars Simonsen, R&D Director, DHRTC.

The ideas are versatile and range from new approaches to enhanced oil recovery, well simulation, monitoring of the subsurface, data collection from equipment and processes as well as inspection and flow regimes.

“A lot of research areas come into play in this sprint and a lot of these ideas are pretty wild. This makes the innovation and maturation process very challenging. We don’t expect all of the visions of new technologies to be equally successful, but that it is equally a success as we learn and improve from testing different options. Naturally, we encourage the projects that show potential to put forward more in-depth and time-consuming research ideas within our research programmes,” says Lene Hjelm Poulsen, Programme Manager, DHRTC.

The researchers who received funding are:

Aarhus University:
Ole Rønø Clausen, Department of Geoscience
Tobias Weidner, Department of Chemistry
Alberto Scoma, Department of Bioscience

Scientists at Aalborg University, the University of Copenhagen, the Technical University of Denmark and GEO also received grants.

A neutral committee with members from academia and the oil and gas industry have assessed the 53 ideas and how radical they are. The ideas were anonymised prior to the assessment. 13 of the ideas passed the gate and have now been granted funding to further investigate the sustainability of their ideas.

For the next three months, work will be conducted to mature and develop the potential of the ideas.

For further info please visit the webpage for DHRTC via this link.

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