HPC4E Project information


HPC4E Project information

The HPC4E project has three general objectives and a large list of specific technical objectives related with research in each technology.

HPC for Energy team


Our general objectives are:

1. The main objective is to develop beyond-the-state-of-the-art high performance simulation tools that can help the energy industry to respond future energy demands and also to carbon-related environmental issues using the state-of-the-art HPC systems. The project also aims at improving the usage of energy using HPC tools by acting at many levels of the energy chain for different energy sources:

  • Exploitation: In wind energy (respond to demand peaks, output prediction)
  • Efficiency: In biomass-derived fuels (develop more efficient and renewable fuels, reduce green-house gas emissions, reduce hydrocarbon dependency and fuel cost)
  • Exploration: In wind energy (resource assessment) and in hydrocarbons (improve available reserves, explore with less financial and environmental risk).

This objective is in accordance with the societal challenges defined for H2020 and the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) of the EU:

  • Advance Europe and Brazil along the path to an energy system that will deliver a competitive and secure energy supply which is sustainable.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase the share of renewable energies and improve energy efficiency.
  • New technologies and solutions must compete on cost and reliability against energy systems with well-established technologies.

This objective is also in accordance with the Strategic Program for Software and Information Technologies (2012-2015) of the Brazil government, in the area of Digital Ecosystems (http://timaior.mcti.gov.br/):

  • 4. Software for O&G sector: Software development and solutions for seismic services 3D and 4D, geological mapping and geophysical simulations, software for logging and probes
  • 12.3 High Performance Computing: Promotion of implementation and support for the use applications focusing on strategic areas of energy, oil and gas, health, safety and major events.

2. Improve the cooperation between energy industries from EU and Brazil. The project includes relevant energy industral partners from Brazil and EU, which will benefit from the project’s results. They guarantee that TRL of the project technologies will be very high. PETROBRAS, REPSOL and TOTAL as O&G industries share the same challenges in production and exploration. A collaborative research in the HPC area will benefit all partners. Moreover all of them develop activities in biomass-derived energy and can be benefit from the research in this subject. IBERDROLA performs activities of generation and sale of electricity. Wind energy is one of the main activities of the company. The research in this project will fit perfectly in the company strategy to increase the availability and reduce uncertainty of wind energy. 

PETROBRAS is a world leader in development of advanced technology for deep-water and ultra-deep-water oil production. PETROBRAS has several production projects in consortium with EU oil companies on Brazil offshore fields. PETROBRAS has a strong collaboration with Universities and research centers in Brazil.

REPSOL is an international energy company that develops upstream and downstream activities (exploration, production, refining and marketing) worldwide. It is one of the largest private energy companies worldwide, the third private company in distribution of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) the world leader in refining and marketing in Spain and the largest oil and gas company in Latin America. REPSOL maintains an active policy of collaboration with technology centres and universities. REPSOL believes this project will allow continuing deploying his R&D policy in Brazil, where the company has increased its activity significantly over recent years.

TOTAL Group started its presence in Brazil in 1975, developing relevant projects in different business sectors. The TOTAL Group employs more than 3,000 people in the country. Brazil is considered a key region for Total global growth strategy. TOTAL E&P do Brasil operates in the Exploration & Production sector, and has a broad and diversified portfolio, composed of 13 offshore blocks, mainly focused on deep offshore. Moreover, TOTAL group is also developing technology in the alternative biofuels through the Amyris company.

IBERDROLA is one of the largest wind energy company worldwide and the forth utility company worldwide. Boasting operational wind energy assets of almost 14 GW and a total generation power of more than 45 GW, the company has consolidated its leadership position at the head of the worldwide renewable energy sector. Furthermore, the Company has achieved a net output of 138,892 GWh with more than 30 million customers. IBERDROLA has become in the last 15 years a multinational company, operating in more 20 countries including the world markets with the greatest growth and development potential in this sector. The main five business territories of the Group are Spain, USA, UK, Mexico and Brazil. Brazil has become especially important in the company’s grow strategy. Merging a top Brazilian utility as ELEKTRO, increasing equity in Neo-energia and recent awarding of
90 MW of wind energy that will boost wind assets in the country above 400 MW in coming 3 years, ensures Brazil as a main growing pole in IBERDROLA.

3. Improve the cooperation between the leading research centres in EU and Brazil in HPC applied to energy industry. This includes sharing supercomputing infrastructures between Brazil and EU. The cross-fertilization between energy-related problems and other scientific fields will be beneficial at both sides of the Atlantic.

This project is going to increase the collaboration between the main supercomputing infrastructures from Brazil (LNCC) and EU (PRACE-BSC). This is not just collaboration at the infrastructure level; it is a collaboration that includes the join work of research groups both Brazilian (COPPE, UFRGS, UFPE, ITA) and European (INRIA, BSC, CIEMAT, Univ. Lancaster) to develop and deploy shared simulators.