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PETROSENTR-Forskningssentre for petroleum

Research Centre for a Low-Emission Petroleum Industry on the Norwegian Continental Shelf

Alternative title: Forskningssenter for en lavutslipps petroleumindustri på norsk kontinentalsokkel.

Awarded: NOK 120.2 mill.

The LowEmission Research Centre will develop new technologies and concepts for offshore energy systems, energy efficiency and integration of the existing infrastructure for power production with renewable power production for application on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). This will help the industry meet 50% reduction in CO2-equivalent emissions by 2030, a new emission reduction target set forth by the Norwegian government in 2020 and moving towards zero-emission petroleum production by 2050. LowEmission gathers leading energy companies, operators and vendors, who have joined forces with globally recognized research groups at SINTEF and NTNU. The consortium is also strengthened by the participation of top-rated universities and institutes from Europe and the US. The strong interaction within the Centre will accelerate development and implementation of low-emission offshore technologies and make LowEmission a platform for innovation. The Centre actively stimulates participation of industry partners in shaping the Centre´s research directions such as through active engagement with the Technical Committee of Innovation and Commercialization. The Technical Committee was established in the start of 2020 and consists of technical representatives from around half of the industry partners in the Centre. Another important arena for industry engagement are so-called Sub-Project families, where each of the Centre´s nine sub-project has established a group of industry partners technical experts which directly contribute with their expertise in research activities, shaping the annual working plans etc. Recently, LowEmission launched its Innovation Challenge, a platform for the industry partners to shine a light on specific challenges they deem of particular importance. The ambition of this initiative is to further stimulate innovation, idea generation and spin-off activities from the Centre. This ambition was effectively concretised in spring 2021 in a collaboration between LowEmission and FME NCCS, when researchers and industry partners from both centres developed a joint project proposal to the Green platform programme. The project, LINCCS and an associated competence-building project NCS+, was granted in autumn 2021. In 2021, the Consortium grew with the accession of 3 new industry partners in addition to the existing 32 partners, namely: OMV, Spirit Energy and DNO. This is a clear indication on the industry's interest in supporting the development and implementation of low emission technologies for the offshore petroleum sector and increased ambitions for achieving significant CO2 emission reductions in both short-and long-term perspective. LowEmission will generate spin-off projects and technology transfer possibilities for the industry. The main scientific focus in the Centre will be on power and heat generation with lower emissions, on reduced energy demand, and on energy systems and management. The latter includes the development of digitalized solutions and concepts for integrating renewable power production technologies in the offshore energy system. The topics are chosen based on their potential to reduce emissions on the NCS in a short- and long-term perspective and includes solutions for both brownfield and greenfield cases. LowEmission aims to generate 26 spin-off research projects during its lifetime, and has since its establishment in 2019 generated spin-off activities that span widely across the research topics of the Centre through 3 new KSP projects, 1 IPN project and the Green platform project LINCCS. The Centre has strong focus on research education and will throughout its lifetime educate 19 PhDs/Postdocs and 30 MSc students. By the end of 2021, 12 PhD candidates have started their research projects in LowEmission and 9 MSc students have completed their projects since the Centre was established. LowEmission will share knowledge with scientists, industry, society, politicians and the public, and thereby aid decision-making and shaping of emission policies for the Norwegian O&G industry. The Centre has a continuous dialog with several governmental agencies and industry organizations, to monitor the status of technology development, innovation and implementability.

LowEmission will develop new technology and concepts for offshore energy systems, energy efficiency and integration with renewable power production technologies for application on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). This will help the industry to meet their 2030 and 2050 emission reduction goals, as well as paving the way for zero-emission petroleum production by 2050. LowEmission gathers leading energy companies, operators and vendors, who have joined forces with globally recognized research groups at SINTEF and NTNU. The consortium is also strengthened by the participation of top-rated universities and institutes from Europe and the US. The strong interaction within the Centre will accelerate development and implementation of low-emission offshore technologies and make LowEmission a platform for innovation. It will generate spin-off projects and technology transfer possibilities for the industry. The main scientific focus in the Centre will be on power and heat generation with lower emissions, on reduced energy demand, and on energy systems and management. The latter includes the development of digitalized solutions and concepts for integrating renewable power production technologies in the offshore energy system. The topics are chosen based on their potential to reduce emissions on the NCS in a short- and long-term perspective and includes solutions for both brownfield and greenfield cases. LowEmission will strive to reduce the cost of offshore emission reduction technology, and to come up with at least 10-15 new innovative low-emission solutions. The centre will educate 19 PhDs/Postdocs and 30 MSc students, and it aims to generate a total of 26 spin-off research projects and over 70 scientific papers. Through a dedicated communication and outreach strategy, LowEmission will share knowledge with scientists, industry, society, politicians and the public. This will aid decision-making and shaping of emission policies for the O&G industry.

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PETROSENTR-Forskningssentre for petroleum