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MAROFF-2-Maritim virksomhet og offsh-2

Flexible Marine Infrastructure for Future Energy Value Chains

Alternative title: Fleksibel Marin Infrastruktur for Fremtidige Energiverdikjeder

Awarded: NOK 5.5 mill.

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2020 - 2023


Natural gas is by far the cleanest fossil fuel, reducing CO2 emissions by 25%, NOx-emissions by 85% and eliminating SOx and particle emissions by 99% as compared to oil, and has even more impact if replacing coal. Natural gas will be one of the most important energy sources for the short to medium term to bridge the gap between today?s high-carbon powered world and the long-term renewable-energy future. However, there are challenges with development of LNG infrastructure. The main bottleneck is the infrastructure costs of the transfer system between LNG carriers and onshore terminals. The current solution for this is building quays or jetties which are time consuming, costly and does not scale well with the size of the terminal. To overcome this barrier to LNG deployment and to reduce cost significantly, ECONNECT Energy has developed the IQuay®, a transfer system for fluids. After successfully delivering the first commercial UTS transfer System in 2017, ECONNECT Energy has established itself as a solid player in the LNG industry, proving that jettyless transfer of LNG is even more advantageous than first thought. During the FlexMarIn project supported by the Norwegian Research Council, ECONNECT Energy and Norwegian world renowned research partner SINTEF will conduct groundbreaking research combining the fields of advanced process technology and hydrodynamics in order to take the IQuay technology to the next level, enabling roll-out of the IQuay on an unprecedented scale, thus enabling distribution of cleaner energy to areas not possible today.

LNG-strømning gjennom et fleksibelt system innebærer komplekse strømningsfenomen som per nå ikke er forstått fullt ut og tradisjonelle korrelasjoner mislykkes i å forutsi trykktap for underkjølte kryogeniske fluider. FlexMarIn skal løse disse utfordringene ved å utvikle prediktive modeller for masse- og varmeoverføring i fleksible rør og utvikle en detaljert dynamisk prosessmodell for å videre forbedre UTS-teknologien. Detaljerte modeller vil bygges ved bruk av spesialiserte simuleringssoftware og bli validert mot eksperimentelle testdata. Resultatene vil videre brukes i prosessmodeller på systemnivå, som vil bli bygget ved bruk av state-of-the-art dynamisk modellering- og simuleringssoftware. I tillegg til LNG-overføring vil CO2-overføring bli undersøkt som ledd i utvikling av distribusjonsinfrastruktur for karbonfangst og lagring (CCS).

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MAROFF-2-Maritim virksomhet og offsh-2