Lynx EGR for cleaning the exhaust for EGR systems (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) is now available for international customers. The Lynx is an efficient cleaner that removes all liquid and a percentage of dry carbon particles from the flow. Most modern engines now require exhaust gas recirculation to meet the new emissions standards, but struggle with liquids and contaminant carryover from scrubbers and filters that are not sufficiently efficient.
Since 1955 Flebu has provided high quality centrifugal fans, silencers, dampers and related steel products to the global industrial power industry, maritime and offshore industry. Flebu’s brand motto «Performance Guaranteed” aligns very well with the business strategy of InnSep.
The InnSep-Flebu partnership opens access to the EGR market of 70.000 ships worldwide. The Lynx EGR removes liquids, black carbon and soot particles from the exhaust flow with higher efficiency and lower footprint.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org / +47 98043205 for more information
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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/
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