HPC4E HPC for Energy
Brazil & Europe

Energy industry simulations

The HPC4E 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.
The HPC4E Consortium consists of 13 partners, 7 from Europe and 6 from Brazil, with different organizational cultures (universities, research centres, supercomputing facilities and industry) that contribute to the project with complementary expertise. The management structure for the project is designed to provide an appropriate level of professional management to mediate efficiently between the different interests and cultures of the partners, and it is based on well-known best practice methodologies.

Barcelona Supercomputing Center

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) was established in 2005 and is the Spanish national supercomputing facility and a hosting member of the PRACE distributed supercomputing infrastructure. The Center houses MareNostrum, one of the most...


Working at the crossroads of computer sciences and mathematics, over the last 40 years INRIA’s researchers have been developing the scientific foundations for a new field of learning: computational sciences. When associated with other scientific...

The University of Lancaster

Lancaster University, officially The University of Lancaster, is a public research university in Lancaster, Lancashire, United Kingdom. The university was established by Royal Charter in 1964. Lancaster University is ranked No.1 in the North West of...


CIEMAT is a Spanish Public Research Institution (www.ciemat.es). Since its formation in 1951, it has developed and led R&D projects in the fields of Energy, Environment and Technology, placing the institution at the forefront of science and...


Repsol is an integrated global energy company with vast sector experience. We carry out Upstream and Downstream activities across the world. At Repsol we believe that through innovation we can create a new energy model. That is why we are present in...


IBERDROLA is one of the largest wind energy company worldwide and the forth utility company worldwide. Boasting a operational wind energy assets of almost 14.000 MW and a total generation power of more than 45.000MW, the company has consolidated its...


Total S.A. is a French multinational integrated oil and gas company and one of the six "Supermajor" oil companies in the world. Its businesses cover the entire oil and gas chain, from crude oil and natural gas exploration and production to power...


Fundação COPPETEC manages partnerships and projects for Coppe. Coppe stands for – The Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute for Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Founded in 1963 by the engineer...


LNCC is a research unit of the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation of Brazil to foster R&D of Scientific Computing in Brazil. LNCC counts with the support and expertise of a highly-qualified body of researchers, whose specializations...

Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica

ITA is an institution of higher education and advanced research with emphasis in aerospace science and technology maintained by the Brazilian Federal Government. ITA is rated as one of the top and most prestigious engineering schools in Brazil. The...


Petrobras will act as an industrial sponsor for the project, represented by a team from its Research Center (Cenpes). Cenpes is a research facility located in the city and state of Rio de Janeiro, in the vicinities of the Federal University of Rio...

Instituto de Informática - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

The Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, UFRGS (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul) is a century-old educational institution, with more than 30.000 students, nationally and internationally recognized. It is centered in Porto Alegre – the...

Centro de Energias Renováveis - Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Founded at August 11th of 1946, the then called University of Recife (UR) included the Law School of Recife, the Engineering School of Pernambuco State, the School of Medicine of Recife (together with the associated schools of Odontology and...

Research for the HPC


Wind power is the renewable energy source with the widest and most successful deployment over the past 20 years, going from 3 GW to 200 GW of global installed capacity in that period of time.


We want to enhance the use of HPC to investigate alternative fuels prior to conducting expensive experiments and develop numerical tools that can be applied with confidence to assess the performance of new fuels in practical systems.


Geophysical exploration for finding and monitoring hydrocarbon reservoirs relies heavily on processing large amounts of data.

Brazil & Europe

Collaborating with...

Álvaro Coutinho (Brazil)

Jose María Cela
European Coordinator

Collaborating with...

José María Cela (Europe)

Álvaro Coutinho
Brazilian Coordinator
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Work packages, deliverables and milestones

The objectives of the project will be achieved through activities organized in seven workpackages. Each workpackage has a European and a Brazilian coordinator.

WP1 Project Management

WP1 Project management deals with the administrative and financial management of the project, including the monitoring and assessment of the quality of the project outcomes.

WP2 Disruptive Exascale Computer Architectures

 This WP will group all the porting, tuning and testing efforts of the different simulations codes in the new proposed exascale computer architectures.

WP3 Simulators for Exascale Computations

This transversal work package aims at introducing innovative computational algorithms well suited to the numerical simulation of complex phenomena on exascale architectures.

WP4 Atmosphere for Energy

This WP will deploy the complete applications required to design, optimize and forecast production of wind farms. 

WP5 Biomass for Energy

This WP will deploy the complete applications required to high-fidelity combustion simulations of biomass-derived fuels.

WP6 Geophysics for Energy

This WP deploy the complete applications and workflows required for exploration geophysics.

WP7 Dissemination and Exploitation

This WP will take care of all dissemination and exploitation activities.

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