We are proud that the DHRTC researchers already are delivering excellent academic results. Four DHRTC projects have achieved the aim of bringing technology innovations to Technology Readiness Level 3, from where our industrial partners have the option to implement them.

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Morten Willaing Jeppesen Centre Director, DHRTC

We have a clear line of sight

We are proud that the DHRTC researchers already are delivering excellent academic results. Four DHRTC projects have achieved the aim of bringing technology innovations to Technology Readiness Level 3, from where our industrial partners have the option to implement them.

In 2019, the Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (DHRTC) will be half-way through its scheduled first 10 years of operation. The idea of the founders was that five research institutions should unite with industry, and with the backing of ten years funding have the right conditions to establish the centre’s raison d’être. Now, almost five years underway, how are we doing?

A recent external evaluation of the centre shows; that we have come far, although, as to be expected from a half-way assessment, we still have some way to go. We are optimistic, and thanks to the support from our partners and stakeholders, we have a clear line of sight to complete the first ten years in a successful and forward-looking way.

 
DHRTC’s raison d’être is to deliver innovative solutions based on substantial and interdisciplinary research, and to develop talented employees for research institutions and the oil and gas sector.

Almost half-way, we are proud that the DHRTC researchers already are delivering excellent academic results. The publication record shows at least 49 publications. Almost 60 PhD students are involved with the centre, and the first two PhD defences have been delivered with many more to come. Thanks to openminded collaboration between the scientific partners, our technology application advisors and programme managers we have succeeded in defining six research programmes that are feeding well into the purpose of the centre: to perform applied research meeting urgent and important needs of the Danish Underground Consortium.

Morten Willaing Jeppesen Centre Director, DHRTC

Four DHRTC projects have achieved the aim of bringing technology innovations to Technology Readiness Level 3, from where our industrial partners have the option to implement them.

Four DHRTC projects have achieved the aim of bringing technology innovations to Technology Readiness Level 3, from where our industrial partners have the option to implement them. The AlarmTracker is a great example. The system is now being live tested.

Five years after we started from scratch, we have 250 people participating actively in the network, we have a strong administrative support platform, and we have three ideas considered for patents in our Radical Innovation Sprint Programme.

We build on trust, and we have begun a promising and trustful collaboration with our new industrial partner, Total, who took over Maersk Oil’s activities in the North Sea in 2018. Twice, already, we have been welcomed by Total’s R&D team in Pau, France. We now have experts from Total involved in a handful of projects, and we are happy to welcome
Yves Guenard, Senior Manager Innovation Technology, Total, to our Steering Committee, as well as Hans Nørgaard Hansen, Head of Department at DTU Mechanical Engineering.

So I look forward to 2019 being a year of continued progress of our six research programmes as well as a year of opening up new chapters of the DHRTC story.