Praise for CO2 storage technology research in Bergen
Petroleum research at the University of Bergen (UiB) is at a leading international level, according to an evaluation of technology and science in Norway.
The Petroleum and process technology research group have two primary research fields: reservoir physics and thermodynamic modelling. Both are at the highest international level, according to a panel of international experts.
On behalf of the Research Council of Norway, the panel has evaluated the research being carried out in technology subjects in Norway (see Facts).
One of the prime areas for the petroleum and process technology research group is a more sustainable energy production of fossil fuels and especially Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage. In practice, this means simultaneous storage and exploitation of CO2 captured from industrial emissions, for example from petroleum production. .
“The technology underlying CO2 storage is in place, the problem is the economics. By using CO2 injection in oil production, we want to create an incentive for industry to invest money in storage technology”, says Martin Fernø, Associate Professor at the Department of Physics and Technology.
The research group has been working on this issue since 2003 and has found two technologies that exploit CO2 in more environmentally friendly energy production, while simultaneously storing the CO2.
Through NorTex Petroleum Cluster the research group is working with academic circles and trade and industry in an effort to test out this technology in Texas. Following low-threshold testing in the USA, the hope is to do this also offshore in Norway as well.
High number of applicants for the studies
While fewer students are applying for oil-related studies in general in Norway, applicants to the Petroleum and Process Technology research group have never been higher. Somewhere between 30 and 40 master students want to be part of the group, which currently has 25 students.
“We are doing our best to take in as many as we can”, says Fernø.
The report emphasises that the students in the group who took their exams were virtually all Norwegians.