Growing the Michelsen Centre

New spin-off projects to the benefit of the Centre and its partners

A major priority of the Michelsen Centre is to grow also through spin-off projects that make external funds available. A successful initiative is a corrosion monitoring project in collaboration with the renowned German research institiute Fraunhofer Jena IOF which is a part of Europe's largest application-oriented research organization with more than 18,000 employees. Other European partners are 4H Jena engineering GmbH and DelftTech BV.

Damage to pipelines and other infrastructure due to corrosion in aging installations poses significant safety risk to the oil and gas industry as well as other industries, and have potentially major ecological and economic consequences.

The 3D sensor system to be developed in the project will enable detection of corrosion which cannot be discovered by conventional inspection. The proposed solution will be unique and offer major competitive advantages relative to current state of the art inspection systems.

The application is granted by the State Development Corporation of Thüringen and the EU Regional Development Fund in Thüringen. A funding application with Hordaland Fylkeskommunes Regional Development Programme is pending.

(21. Dec 2011)

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