In November, the annual review of the government-funded Flow Programme took place. The review involved representatives from BEIS and the panel of independent industry experts who monitor and advise on the programme. The annual Flow Programme Report was also published. This report examined all 25 projects within the programme, focusing on highlights and lessons learned.
“Both the review and the report show how strongly we are aligned with the UK’s Industrial Strategy,” says Managing Director, Brian Millington. “Both underline the importance of our work driving forward standards and providing effective research and support for the oil and gas industry and many other new and emerging sectors, such as clean fuels and digital services.”
Among the developments that were well received by the review panel were a series of forward-looking technology roadmaps that set out how specific projects in the clean fuel and digital service areas will be tackled, and a series of historical timelines detailing NEL achievements over 25+ years of funding through the Flow Programme.
“These timelines underlined the need for sustained funding over prolonged periods to solve industry problems and to disseminate the learning in the form of Standards,” says Technical Director, Dr. Martin Hanton.
The Annual Report highlights many ways in which NEL has been having a positive impact and influence on business and on the development of standards. For example, it details multiple successful projects relating to the maintenance and continuous improvement of the National Standards facilities that have resulted in improved operational efficiency and increased productivity. It also highlights extensive engagement with EURAMET that has seen the achievement of the TC Flow section goals and the initiation of a new round of road-mapping.
An example of the important standards work detailed in the report is the recently published research on the use of orifice plates with drain holes. The report also highlights the good progress that has been made on the fundamental design of primary standards for hydrogen and carbon dioxide, along with successful engagement with the clean-fuel industry that has got metering on the sector’s agenda.
Knowledge transfer (KT) is also highlighted, with feedback showing that KT activities have helped many companies and other organisations (including those in new sectors, such as the UK’s nascent shale gas industry) improve their capabilities and performance. Another success story is the joint doctoral training programme between NEL and Coventry University, which has seen key research discoveries which are being explored for commercialisation opportunities.
For more details, contact Dr Martin Hanton.