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Research projects and initiatives

Research projects and initiatives

BRU21 is NTNU’s Research and Innovation Program in Digital and Automation Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry.

It is a multidisciplinary program uniting academic and industrial experts in Cybernetics and Robotics, Computer and Data Science, Cyber security, Petroleum engineering and Geoscience, Mechanical engineering, Sociology, Management and Economics. The program focuses on creating impact across the oil and gas value chain through novel digital and automation technologies, innovation and people development.


Building upon experience gained at NTNU AMOS, the NTNU VISTA Centre for Autonomous Robotic Operations Subsea (CAROS) aim to become a world-leading research centre on autonomous underwater robotic operations with focus on resident and collaborating autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) that are supported by subsea docking systems for energy charging and communication.

Together with ground-breaking research on articulated underwater robots and autonomy we proceed towards a game changer in offshore oil and gas activities in terms of increased efficiency in marine operations and lower CO2 footprint. The addressed research will also be of high relevance for ocean science and other marine industries such as maintenance and inspection of offshore wind installations and aquaculture.


The unique FLOAWER (FLOAting Wind Energy netwoRk) network brings together outstanding academics and FOW industrial leaders, covering the entire offshore wind industry value chain (i.e. farm developers, offshore subsystem suppliers -turbine, floater, mooring- and wind resource specialists). FLOAWER's multidisciplinary approach will endow the ESRs with scientific, technical, and soft skills to train the new generation of high-profile scientists and engineers, provide them with enhanced career perspectives and address offshore wind energy industry needs.



FME NorthWind will create export opportunities for Norwegian business and industry, and ensure that the environmental impact from future wind power development are minimized. SINTEF Energy Research hosts the centre.


The MarMine project focus on exploitation technologies for marine minerals on the extended Norwegian continental shelf.


The second project phase MiningImpact follows up on the results of the JPI Oceans pilot action on "Ecological Aspects of Deep-Sea Mining" which ended in late December 2017. While the initial MiningImpact phase investigated experimental and rather small-scale disturbances of the seafloor over decadal timescales, the second part will study and monitor in real time the environmental impact of an industrial trial to mine manganese nodules on the seafloor which will be conducted simultaneously and independently by the Belgian contractor DEME-GSR in the Belgian an German licence areas in the Clarion-Clipperton-Zone.  

The project will further study regional connectivity of species in the deep-sea and their resilience to impacts, and the integrated effects on ecosystem functions, such as the benthic food-web and biogeochemical processes.


NOWITECH is an international research cooperation on offshore wind technology that will produce precompetitive research laying a foundation for industrial value creation and cost-effective offshore wind farms. Emphasis is on "deep-sea" (+30 m) including bottom-fixed and floating wind turbines.


OceanNET is an EU project that aims to determine to what extent, and under what conditions, the large-scale deployment of ocean-based negative emission technologies could contribute to realistic and effective pathways for Europe and the world to achieve climate neutrality and the goals established in the Paris Agreement, as well as, to identify and prioritize options with the most potential in regard to CO2 mitigation, environmental impact, risks, co-benefits, technical feasibility, cost effectiveness, and political and societal acceptance.


NTNU Oceans pilot programme on deep-sea mining finds new solutions for evaluation, exploration and extraction of sea-based minerals under societal responsibility for the environment and the international heritage of mankind.


The SFI Mechatronics works to become the international knowledge and research hub for the next generation of advanced offshore mechatronic systems for autonomous operation and condition monitoring of offshore equipment and systems under the control of land-based operation centers, to ensure safe and efficient operation in deeper water and in harsh environments.

It aims to contribute significantly to growth and innovation in the industry, creating jobs and business with potential both within the target sector, and beyond, such as maritime industry, with a net positive impact on society.