The H2020 High Performance Computing for Energy (HPC4E) project between Brazil and Europe is a side effect of the excellent collaboration with Brazil in the CNPq-Inria project HOSCAR. HPC4E (2015-2017) is funded (2M€) by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission.
The project is led by Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and includes Inria, Lancaster University, Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas Medioambientales y Tecnológicas, Repsol S.A., Iberdrola Renovables Energía S.A., and Total S.A. in Europe, and COPPE/Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro, LNCC, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA), Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco and PETROBRAS.
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).
Another objective is to improve the cooperation between energy industries from EU and Brazil. The project includes relevant energy industral partners from Brazil (PETROBRAS) and EU (REPSOL and TOTAL as O&G industries), which will benefit from the project’s results. They guarantee that TRL of the project technologies will be very high.
A last objective is to 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.
In this project, Zenith is working on Big Data management and analysis of numerical simulations.