Radical innovation ideas

High quality among the radical ideas

Wednesday 02 May 18
The number of radical ideas rose with great speed during the last hours before deadline for submitting a radical idea that may change the way the oil and gas industry works. At midnight 1 May 47 radical ideas had been submitted.

The aim is to find new solutions that potentially may push the limits of how we recover oil and gas from the North Sea. A great deal of enthusiasm and creativity have been put into the applications. Now the excitement about who will be able to develop their idea is huge.

“This year we asked for even more creativity in the applications. This has proven to be successful. The researchers embraced this challenge and as a result the ideas are more visual in their expression and truly well communicated,” tells Kristine Wille Hilstrøm, Advisor, Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (DHRTC).

The ideas have been developed around the entire DHRTC partnership and beyond. Geographically we go beyond borders to both Luleå in Northern Sweden and to London in the UK. DHRTC reach both companies and research institutions outside the partnership. However, a vast majority of the ideas come from the DHRTC partner institutions. Namely, 36 ideas.

“We only had one requirement, namely that the idea put forward had in one way or another to start a dramatic change to how we produce oil and gas in the Danish North Sea. A quick browse of the ideas tells us that they range from affecting the reservoir and topside production. We span from A to Z. Now, we look forward to showing the committee members the ideas,” tells Kristine Wille Hilstrøm.

Next step

An external committee will evaluate the 47 submitted radical ideas anonymously and recommend which ideas to fund. The committee consists of researchers, people from the oil and gas industry, neighbor industries and last but not least people with an innovative mindset. They will recommend which ideas they find holds the greatest potential and are radical. The evaluation phase will extend until late June after which the applicants will get an answer.

The duration of a funded research sprint can vary according to the idea. However, the research is to be conducted sometime between 1 September to 30 November 2018 and many of them will be presented at the DHRTC Technology Conference in November.

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