Record fast technology implementation of Lynx Scrubber

The fast-track development of the Lynx Scrubber for Dry Gas Seal protection was profiled in the Tech Zone blog from NTNU by professor Carlos Dorao. The innovation project managed to compress the steps through the Technology Readiness Levels used on the Norwegian Continental Shelf from 10-15 years to less than 1 year.

This may be a new record in Norwegian O&G industry, demonstrating how it is possible to rapidly solve operational problems, without circumventing any regulations.

The effect of this R&D strategy allows the Lynx Scrubber to generate operation hours that can shorten the steps towards the highest TRL level in other application areas. For main gas/liquid separation, both before and after compressors, the equipment requires successful integration and operation over a period of time in the actual conditions.

This strategy performed better than planned and was only possible through the R&D excellence of NTNU, InnSep and EagleBurgmann, combined with EagleBurgmann’s leading expertise in the O&G industry, says CEO Sondre Jacobsen. Based on this success, we have allready planned follow-up projects, including the upcoming DEMO2000 project for large-scale gas/liquid scrubbing. 

 

NTNU TechZone article

Invitation to JIP for full scale pilot of Lynx 250 Separator

Full scale pilot Lynx 250

High pressure gas/liquid testing of Lynx 250 at CEESI, USA.

Lynx scrubbers secure production regularity by preventing tripping of compressors and malfunctions in fuel gas and dry gas seal systems due to liquid carry over.

As The Norwegian Continental Shelf is expected to yield larger amounts of gas relative to oil, the regularity of the gas processing and export systems becomes even more important The Lynx scrubber is robust to high liquid loads and variations and removing the liquid fractions that pass through conventional scrubbers. This reduces MTF and upholds plant integrity.

Interest of participation to be notified by 12th October 2016

Contact Sondre Jacobsen directly at sondre@innsep.com / +47 98043205 for more information

 

TEKNA Separation Technology conference in Stavanger

TEKNA Separation Technology

InnSep presented the results of the high pressure testing at the Statoil Rotvoll and the first commercial application of the principle for the Grane plattform. The presentation will be made available on this page shortly. Below are the videos used in the presentation.

 

 

Diesel Exhaust Cleaning

Video above: Cleaning of diesel exhaust from a watercooled diesel exhaust system, demonstrated by Jon Baklien at Eagleburgmann. This is the prototype of the system delivered for installation on the Grane field plattform. The video is from the Teknisk Ukeblad article on the InnSep nomination for innovation award: http://www.tu.no/artikler/det-startet-med-en-drill-og-en-stalskrubb-na-vil-grunderne-rense-eksos-og-gass-med-teknologien/275620

 

 

 

 

EagleBurgmann Lynx for Dry Gas Seals is ready for action

EagleBurgmann at InnSep stand at ONS2016

EagleBurgmann Norway AS har manufactured and pressure-tested the Lynx for Dry Gas Seal application successfully at 330 bar. It will be deployed this September, marking the start of the first effective solution for protecting the extremely sensitive dry gas seal systems, regardless of brand or manufacturer.

This is the type of disruptive innovaton that is possible when leading minds in the industry work together.

The Lynx Dry Gas Seal was rapidly prototyped at the InnSep/NTNU laboratories in Trondheim and EagleBurgmann laboratories at Skedsmokorset, outside of Oslo. Datapoints from the STATOIL High Pressure testing in Rotvoll, Trondheim, were used to optimize the final design parameters. EagleBurgmann project managers Jon Baklien (right, picture), and Claes Wilhelmsson (midde, picture) regard rapid prototyping and deployment as a crucial service to the oil industry. With increasing maintenance costs, rising challenges of gas processing and more autonomous operations, efficient innovation processes are the critical element in securing plant integrity and operation stability for operators.

Stand visit by State Secretary and dignitaries

ONS 2016 - InnSep

The InnSep stand has generated significant amounts of attention, together with the nomination of the innovation award at ONS. Several international government officials were interested in the innovation process that is capable of lifting research from fundamental discoveries to applied science such as InnSep Lynx scrubber.

For the upcoming Joint Industry Project we are still considering partnerships, we may plan with multiple field installes tailored to each participating operator.

Visit us at Stand 850 in Hall 8 at ONS for more information and a demonstration of our prototype.

 

Getting a grip on gas processing

InnSep ONS stand

The capacity to process gas is a growing challenge on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Maturing of fields, increased water fractions and re-injection are factors that require solution exceeding the current optimization of conventional technology.

InnSep AS created a strong interest in the Lynx 250 scrubber at ONS, showcasing a leap of efficiency capable of addressing the increased demands. Key features are robustness against variations and high liquid loads, and that it doesn’t flood.

For more information on piloting the Lynx on your processing challenges, visit us at our stand no. 850 in Hall 8

InnSep stand at ONS 2016 – Hall 8, stand 850

InnSep Lynx 250 Mark 1 wtih viewports

InnSep Lynx 250 Mark 1 wtih viewports to be showcased at ONS

Visit InnSep at stand 850 in conference hall 8 at ONS in Stavanger 29th August til 1st Sepember 2016. We will be showcasing our PED-certified Lyns 250 separator and inviting participants for the up-coming multiclient JIP for field installation.

The JIP is open for additional partners. Contact InnSep AS directly for more information, or meet us at the stand.

High pressure testing successfully completed and verified

The Lynx 250 gas/liquid separator performed as expected, confirming the efficiency and K-factor up to 90 bar. Test series were performed with variations in gas/liquid ratios and flow speeds at the Statoil High Pressure test facilities at Rotvoll, Trondheim, in Norway. The liquid ratios were tested from smallest amount to the maximum amount possible within the rig capacity.

 

Final calibration of Lynx 250 before installation

Sondre Jacobsen (InnSep AS) and Geir Høgstad (H-Tech) performing the final calibrations of the Lynx 250 gas/liquid separator before installation at the Statoil Rotvoll high pressure testing facility.

The results confirmed that the basic Lynx design is extremely compact and handles variations in both flow rates and liquid volume percentages of gas. One impressive aspect was how little the increased pressure affected the overall efficiency of the Lynx. Conventional gas/liquid separator steadily decrease in efficiency and capacity as pressure rises. The Lynx qualified at less than a third of this reduction.

This is a major milestone, confirming that our scientific calculations are on par. Together with the PED certification, the compact Lynx 250 is ready to complete the final steps of the Technology Readyness Levels. This is scheduled for Q1-2017 in a multi-client JIP in collaboration with the Norwegian Research Council and the DEMO 2000 program.

The JIP/DEMO2000 will target the carry-over challenges from existing, conventional separators:

  1. Retrofit: After main separator in order to separate unwanted carry-over that normally is dried in gas driers
  2. Retrofit: In front of rotating equipment (compressors etc) as the final risk-reducing element for carry-over
  3. Retrofit: Parallel «de-bottlenecking» of existing separators
  4. Replacement of main separator internals
  5. Replacement of main separator

Operators that have challenges in one or more of these situations and require elimination of carry-over can contact InnSep directly, or visit our demonstration stand at ONS in Stavanger from 29th August to 1st September 2016. Deadline for confirmation of participation in the InnSep DEMO2000 JIP is October 1st 2016.

InnSep congratulates the NTNU Discovery Fund with 5 years of success

Facsimile from Adresseavisen (www.adress.no) 03.03.2016. World's first Pro-Rector of Innovation, Johan Hustad, reflects on the NTNU Discovery fund and the sucesses it has generated in the past 5 years.

Facsimile from Adresseavisen 03.03.2016. World’s first Pro-Rector of Innovation, Johan Hustad, reflects on the NTNU Discovery fund and the sucesses it has generated in the past 5 years. Link to article (subscribers only).

NTNU Discovery is the idea-funding mechanism generated by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) to fund early phase ideas and innovations. InnSep was the first recipient of funding in 2011 when the fund was established, and enabled InnSep to develop and perform the first full scale hydrocarbon testing of the Lynx Separator principle. This was the all-important start that allowed the technology to be qualified for use in the oil industry and branching out to other markets. The fund has supported 10-15 projects every year and several have become global successes.

 

Financial crisis and the role of innovation

 

Sondre Jacobsen (CEO InnSep AS, far left) in the NTNU laboratories discussing the challenges of bridging the gap between basic research and commercial applications of clean technology with Johan Hustad (Pro-Rector for Innovation at NTNU, far right) and Tore Sandvik (County Mayor, second from right). Picture courtesy of NTNU

Sondre Jacobsen (CEO InnSep AS, far left) in the NTNU laboratories discussing the challenges of bridging the gap between basic research and commercial applications of clean technology with Johan Hustad (Pro-Rector for Innovation at NTNU, far right) and Tore Sandvik (County Mayor, second from right). Picture courtesy of NTNU

 

The economic downturn has brutally communicated that current solutions to both financial and environmental challenges are not sufficient. We must be able to perform more and achieve better results, with fewer costs, less energy and less environmental impact. This has been the primary driving force for innovation since the wheel was invented.

Add dedicated innovation funding and support into the process and the stage is set for the possibility of an unprecedented increase in innovation in Europe. More and more people face adaptation to changes by taking charge of their own situation, their own competence and by driving innovative ideas. In Norway, the downturn in the oil prices has released a large amount of highly skilled personnel from the oil industry. Many have become innovators and entrepreneurs, using their skills to take charge of and develop solutions.

Pioneering new technology drives the progress towards a cleaner environment and a sustainable future. Universities around the world represent many of the major achievements and advances in clean technology by performing the basic research that is the all important foundation of applied research. But the transition from university basic research and concepts to profitable business is difficult and littered with failures.

Failures are in many cases attributed to a few main factors:

  • Underestimating the required R&D time;
  • Not understanding the market demands; and
  • Insufficient funding to handle point one and two above

How can this be solved? How does the Norwegian University of Technology and Science in Trondheim work with industrial companies and businesses to avoid these factors?

Early termination of unfeasible innovation projects frees resources to focus on other commercially viable R&D projects.

At the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (www.ntnu.edu) commercialisation of basic and applied research is planned with experienced project managers situated at the university technology transfer office, NTNU Technology Transfer AS (www.tto.ntnu.no). The main task is to identify the necessary steps in the research and development process and associate every step with a clear milestone and IP rights. The milestones represent a decision point on whether the project should continue for commercialization, with commercial partners, or be terminated. Sometimes the project staff will discover that the R&D requirements will exceed the available funding, rendering the process unfeasible.

When a disruptive technology is introduced, skilled personnel may refuse to take the risk and decide to stick to ‘business as usual’. Risk averse industries will have professionals that are used to a certain regime of technology where incremental innovation is preferred. It is not uncommon to be met with the demand of several years’ operational time before a purchase is possible. In a sense, achieving operation time is a part of the R&D process. If the R&D project plan and milestones do not reflect this, the result may be a developed product, but without a market or sufficient funding.

Disruptive innovation requires knowledge, experience and funding in close collaboration to succeed. The special model employed at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering at NTNU allows private companies to access labs at significantly lower rates when the goal is to perform innovative research projects with commercial potential, environmental impact and publication opportunities.

Success is not only in the result itself, but in what the process generates

Private companies are the critical drivers of innovation; they are the front lines of the commercialisation necessary for the innovation to survive. With government funding as fuel, industrial actors in Europe have access to unlimited research results. Success is difficult, but the risk is greatly reduced when academia and industry manage to co-operate.

At NTNU, the partnerships with industry results in win-win scenarios for all parties. The private company completes the partnership with a stake in the generated IP and the valuable knowledge necessary to succeed with the technology. The university retains the lab and equipment and can continue to perform experiments and research in related areas. Society benefits from new technology and solutions made available to end-users. Finally, successful commercialisation usually entails increased earnings for the company and, thereby, increased tax income for the governments.

The model of commercialisation at NTNU stimulates industries to take a more active role in innovation. It has enabled InnSep AS to take part in research developments that otherwise would have ended up in a publication on a library shelf, and research operations to be moved from the scientific community and into the core operations of the company, generating value in shared information and experiences. At the time of writing, InnSep and NTNU, with other industrial partners, have collaborated to tackle one of the biggest challenges facing the maritime industry: How to clean exhaust emissions efficiently from ships. It is a long road, but with government funding and university creativity, knowledge and scientific methods, the solutions are gradually coming into focus. Together with industry knowledge and the experience of industrial partners, this gives the best possible success factors for the forthcoming innovations.

For more information on NTNU: http://www.ntnu.edu

For more information on NTNU Technology Transfer Office: http://www.tto.ntnu.no

This editorial was written for Pan European Networks publication, higlighting the role of innovation in developing clean technology: http://www.paneuropeannetworks.com/special-reports/financial-crisis-and-the-role-of-innovation/