Radical innovation Sprint

13 radical ideas launched

Friday 01 Sep 17

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.

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 to Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre’s (DHRTC) Radical Innovation Sprint where a call was made for out-off-the box research ideas.

"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. "
Lars Simonsen, R&D Director, DHRTC

“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 has received funding are:

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

Aalborg University:
Jens Laurids Sørensen,
Department of Chemistry and Bioscience
Zhenyu Yang, Department of Energy Technology
Cejna Anna Quist-Jensen,
Department of Chemistry and Bioscience

University of Copenhagen:
Knud Dideriksen, Department of Chemistry

Technical University of Denmark:
Paul Pop, DTU Compute
Nicolas von Solms, DTU Chemical Engineering
Eyal Levenberg, DTU Civil Engineering
Philip Fosbøl, 
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Oscar Vazquez, Heriot Watt
Helle Foged Christensen, GEO  

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.


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23 JUNE 2018