Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

European Initiatives

FP7 & H2020 Projects

  • Title: Geophysical Exploration using Advanced GAlerkin Methods

  • Program: H2020

  • Duration: January 2015 - December 2017

  • Coordinator: Universidad Del Pais Vasco (EHU UPV)

  • Partners:

    • Bcam - Basque Center for Applied Mathematics Asociacion (Spain)

    • Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputacion (Spain)

    • Total S.A. (France)

    • Universidad Del Pais Vasco Ehu Upv (Spain)

    • Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso (Chile)

    • Universidad de Chile (Chile)

    • Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria (Chile)

    • University of Texas at Austin (USA)

  • Inria contact: Hélène BARUCQ

  • The main objective of this Marie Curie RISE action is to improve and exchange interdisciplinary knowledge on applied mathematics, high performance computing, and geophysics to be able to better simulate and understand the materials composing the Earth's subsurface. This is essential for a variety of applications such as CO2 storage, hydrocarbon extraction, mining, and geothermal energy production, among others. All these problems have in common the need to obtain an accurate characterization of the Earth's subsurface, and to achieve this goal, several complementary areas will be studied, including the mathematical foundations of various high-order Galerkin multiphysics simulation methods, the efficient computer implementation of these methods in large parallel machines and GPUs, and some crucial geophysical aspects such as the design of measurement acquisition systems in different scenarios. Results will be widely disseminated through publications, workshops, post-graduate courses to train new researchers, a dedicated webpage, and visits to companies working in the area. In that way, we will perform an important role in technology transfer between the most advanced numerical methods and mathematics of the moment and the area of applied geophysics.

  • Title: HPC for Energy

  • Program: H2020

  • Duration: December 2015 - November 2017

  • Coordinator: Barcelona Supercomputing Center

  • Partners:

    • Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales Y Tecnologicas-Ciemat (Spain)

    • Iberdrola Renovables Energia (Spain)

    • Repsol (Spain)

    • Lancaster University (United Kingdom)

    • Total S.A. (France)

    • Fundação Coordenação de Projetos, Pesquisas e Estudos Tecnològicos, (Brazil)

    • National Laboratory for Scientific Computation, (Brazil)

    • Instituto Tecnològico de Aeronàutica, (Brazil)

    • Petrobras, (Brazil)

    • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, (Brazil)

    • Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, (Brazil)

  • Inria contact: Stéphane Lanteri

  • This project aims to apply the new exascale HPC techniques to energy industry simulations, customizing them, and going beyond the state-of-the-art in the required HPC exascale simulations for different energy sources: wind energy production and design, efficient combustion systems for biomass-derived fuels (biogas), and exploration geophysics for hydrocarbon reservoirs. For wind energy industry HPC is a must. The competitiveness of wind farms can be guaranteed only with accurate wind resource assessment, farm design and short-term micro-scale wind simulations to forecast the daily power production. The use of CFD LES models to analyse atmospheric flow in a wind farm capturing turbine wakes and array effects requires exascale HPC systems. Biogas, i.e. biomass-derived fuels by anaerobic digestion of organic wastes, is attractive because of its wide availability, renewability and reduction of CO2 emissions, contribution to diversification of energy supply, rural development, and it does not compete with feed and food feedstock. However, its use in practical systems is still limited since the complex fuel composition might lead to unpredictable combustion performance and instabilities in industrial combustors. The next generation of exascale HPC systems will be able to run combustion simulations in parameter regimes relevant to industrial applications using alternative fuels, which is required to design efficient furnaces, engines, clean burning vehicles and power plants. One of the main HPC consumers is the oil & gas (O&G) industry. The computational requirements arising from full wave-form modelling and inversion of seismic and electromagnetic data is ensuring that the O&G industry will be an early adopter of exascale computing technologies. By taking into account the complete physics of waves in the subsurface, imaging tools are able to reveal information about the Earth’s interior with unprecedented quality.