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LowEmission Consortium Days 2021

Audience at LowEmission Consortium days 2021
This was the Centre’s first major in-person event since the beginning of the pandemic – Photo: SINTEF

LowEmission, the Research centre for reducing offshore greenhouse gas emissions on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, held its Consortium days on 17-18 November in Trondheim. This was the Centre’s first major in-person event since the beginning of the pandemic.

Keynote speakers for the conference were Gunnar Lille, managing director at OG21, Thierry Boscal-de-Reals, R&D Project Manager at TOTALEnergies, and Lennart Näs, Senior Key Expert GT Operation and performance. Gunnar Lille presented OG21’s new technology strategy for the Norwegian petroleum industry. Thierry Boscal-de-Reals presented TotalEnergies’ plan for the green transition. Lennart Näs had a presentation about decarbonised energy solutions.

Thierry Boscal-de-Reals, R&D Project Manager at TotalEnergies
Thierry Boscal-de-Reals, R&D Project Manager at TotalEnergies: “Oil will be key to finance TotalEnergies’ green transition, but it will have to be low-cost and low-carbon.” – Photo: SINTEF

This was followed by presentations from the leaders of all the of the Centre’s subprojects, as well as two knowledge-building spin-off projects.

Luis Colmenares-Rausseo, Research Scientist at SINTEF
Luis Colmenares-Rausseo, Research Scientist at SINTEF, updates the audience about the subproject he leads: Fuel cells for zero-emission heat and power – Photo: SINTEF
Marit Mazzetti, Senior Research Scientist, SINTEF
Marit Mazzetti, Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF, presents her knowledge-building projects for industry: Digital Twin for Optimal Design and Operation of Compact Combined Cycles in Offshore Oil and Gas Installations – Photo: SINTEF

Next, two LowEmission PhD candidates made presentations about their respective research topics. First up was Daniel Mota, with his thesis titled “Control strategies for stability guarantee in oil and gas platforms with significant renewable energy integration”. You can read about his work by following the link below:

Wind energy for offshore installations: opportunities and challenges

The second PhD candidate to present was I Gusti Agung Gede Angga, with his topic: “Reduction of emissions from hydrocarbon production through alternative and energy-efficient drainage strategies”.

LowEmission PhD candidate I Gusti Agung Gede Angga
LowEmission PhD candidate I Gusti Agung Gede Angga presents his topic: Reduction of emissions from hydrocarbon production through alternative and energy-efficient drainage strategies – Photo: SINTEF

Two panel debates also took place on day one: the first one about Efficiency and emission improvement, and the second about New installations.

Panel debate about Efficiency and emission improvement.
Panel debate about Efficiency and emission improvement. Left to right: Kirstin Hosaas Gregersen (Equinor), Harald Svendsen, Adriana Reyes Lua and Heiner Schümann. The last three are all SINTEF Research Scientists – Photo: SINTEF

Day two

On the second day, Charlotte Berge (Lundin) spoke on behalf of the Board, and Ane Bryn Berg (Repsol) on behalf of the Technical committee of innovation & commercialisation. The two had an interesting discussion about the challenge of taking things from the simulation/prototype stage to real world.

Ane Bryn Berg (Repsol), and Charlotte Berge (Lundin)
Ane Bryn Berg (Repsol) representing the Technical committee of innovation & commercialisation, and Charlotte Berge (Lundin) representing the Board – Photo: SINTEF

This was followed by the presentation of two new Green Platform projects, with were awarded financing in September. Both projects will have significant synergies with LowEmission. Carbon Links (LINCCS) will link large-scale, cost-effective, permanent offshore CO2 storage across the value chain. Ocean Grid will develop new technology, knowledge and solutions to enable a profitable development of offshore wind on the Norwegian continental shelf. It will look particularly at the way offshore wind will be connected to the grid.

Øystein Hestad, Research manager, SINTEF
Øystein Hestad, Research manager, SINTEF, presents the Green Platform Ocean Grid project – Photo: SINTEF

The day concluded with the Consortium days’ third panel, titled Mobile Units and Hybrid System.

LowEmission researches cleaner offshore energy systems and integration with renewable power production technologies. It will be in operation from 2019 to 2026.

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