A new Academy Agreement between Equinor and NTNU was signed today. The agreement is valid for 2019-2023, and is the third agreement since Statoil and Hydro Oil were merged. The focus is on research and education within 4 areas: 1) Research and education within the petroleum subjects, 2) Environmental impact on marine structures, 3) Digitization within energy systems and 4) Energy Transition. See also articles on the webpages of NTNU and Equinor, as well as in Adresseavisen.
In yesterday’s Adresseavisen, Ingrid Schjølberg and Egil Tjåland have a chronicle on mineral extraction at sea, headed “Trondheim, the capital of mineral extraction at sea?”. The chronicle is a step in creating attention to this important subject area, after NTNU has led the way in establishing the network MarMine, which consists of key actors in academia and industry, with the aim of promoting research and eventually the extraction of minerals from the seabed.
- BRU21 has now recruited several of the new PhD and Postdoc candidates at multiple NTNU departments. A welcome and startup meeting for candidates, supervisors and BRU21 management was arranged last week.
The agenda included:
- Introduction round of the PhD candidates, post-docs and supervisors.
- Overview and introduction to the BRU21 program
- Description of the research areas in BRU21
- Lunch and mingling
Head of Department Egil Tjåland is interviewed by enerWE.
He commented on the recruitment to petroleum studies and the BRU21 program, that will prepare multidisciplinary specialists in the corresponding areas to increase efficiency, safety and environmental care in all operations in oil and gas activities.
NTNU and University of Calgary collaborate through an INTPART project, with additional funding from Canada. The project is led by Professor Ole Torsæter at NTNU and Dr. Steven Bryant of UCalgary, focusing on storage of CO2 as well as the use of CO2 for increased oil recovery. UCalgary’s online newspaper UToday had an article last Friday on the visit from NTNU, which took place just over a week ago (see previous announcements).
As a follow-up to BRU21 mapping among oil and gas companies, suppliers, organizations and authorities, see report, NTNU is now establishing a new research program called “Digitalization and Automation in Oil and Gas”. The program is initially expected to be financed by industry and NTNU, but NTNU will eventually apply for Research Council support. A group consisting of faculty members from several departments at NTNU and Arild Nystad is currently on a tour of companies that want to participate in the funding. The photo shows the meeting at Lundin yesterday, which will finance several PhD candidates.
On the 28th of November, NTNU became a core partner in EIT Raw Materials, which is a European initiative to strengthen innovation and education in the raw material sector by supporting new talents and new ideas through Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). As a partner, NTNU can apply for funding for upscaling and educational projects, attend matchmaking and networking events as well as receive support in business creation. More information about EIT Raw Materials may be found here, or by contacting the coordinator Maria Wallin (email@example.com) at NTNU.
The annual board meeting for the collaboration between Schlumberger and NTNU was held yesterday. The collaboration includes research and education in three areas: Computational Sciences, Integrated Operations and Subsea. The purpose of the annual meetings is status reporting for the year that went and planning of activities ahead, see agenda.
Samferdsel & Infrastruktur is a news bulletin for the transport sector and infrastructure developers in Norway. In an article on tomorrow’s tunnels they have interviewed selected experts in this are on the development that heve taken place in tunnelling the last few years and the outlook ahead. Professor Bjørn Nilsen at our department is one of the experts.