Energy is one of the current priorities of the EU-Brazil cooperation. To improve the current energy production systems, we need supercomputers that enable an efficient use of the future Exascale systems.

“The energy sector is one of the sectors that can most benefit from the possibilities provided by HPC. If HPC is already considered necessary for research and innovation, the next generation of supercomputers will be even more important.”José María Cela, European HPC4E coordinator and CASE director.

The EU-funded project High Performance Computing for Energy (HPC4E) has been launched to develop high-performance simulation tools that go beyond the state of the art to help the energy industry respond to both future energy demands and carbon-related environmental issues.

The objective is to follow the societal challenges defined for H2020 programme and the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) of the EU. HPC4E aims to achieve the Energy and Climate targets for 2020 and beyond on reducing greenhouse gases, increasing the proportion of energy from renewable sources and improving energy efficiency. In particular, the HPC4E project focuses on three different levels of the energy chain for different energy sources:

  • HPC to improve wind energy efficiency and exploitation
  • HPC to develop more efficient and renewable fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions using Biogas advanced combustion methods
  • HPC to reduce the environmental costs and risks of hydrocarbon reserve exploration

With the participation of the most important HPC e-Infrastructures in Europe and Brazil, the project will exploit significant joint resources and expertise. The Computer Applications in Science and Engineering (CASE) department of BSC will play a crucial role in the development of new HPC simulation algorithms and tools capable of taking advantage of future Exascale HPC capabilities for the energy sector.

Coordinated by Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and running till end November 2017, the project has been granted €2 million in funding by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

HPC4E brings together European and Brazilian partners from companies within the energy sector and research centres.