From research to application

Research projects at DHRTC aims at producing prototypes that can ultimately be applied commercially. Therefore, we mature research projects all the way from initial ideas to validated prototypes.

The objective of projects within the Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (DHRTC) network is to reach a stage where the concepts are validated and the industry end user is provided with a tangible prototype to further commercialize and apply. At the centre, this maturation process is structured in stages, so-called readiness levels (RL).

When you conduct research with DHRTC, it is important to know that we use the RL scale as defined by API 71N (Technology readiness levels 0-7). The scale provides a framework for evaluating the state of maturity of a given technology, be it software, hardware, workflow or the like. We evaluate all developed technologies based on the common framework, which provides overview and comparison across prototypes of different kinds.

*through testing over a limited range of operating conditions. These tests can be done on a scaled version if scalable.

The stages 0-3, in which your DHRTC project is carried out, span maturity stages from initial idea (RL0), via concept verification (RL1) and experimental validation (RL2) to constructing a validated prototype (RL3). Further steps on the RL scale involve field-testing and commercial use with an opportunity for you as a researcher to interact closely with industry specialists.

Read more about how we work with the maturation of technology in our scientific framework right here.

Here you can download an overview over the expectations at each of the steps 1 to 3 on the TRL Scale.
Do you have an idea or a proposal for a research project that can enhance the oil and gas recovery from the Northsea? Send us your proposal here.