Uni Research is one of the largest R&D institutions in Norway with more than 500 highly-qualified staff from over 30 different nations. The company has an annual turnover of NOK 430 million and comprises nine specialist departments. Uni Research carries out R&D in the fields of health, language and information technology, marine molecular biology, the environment, climate, petroleum, culture and social sciences.
Uni Research includes the following departments:
Uni Research is the University of Bergen’s (UiB) strategic research partner and carries out research projects in all the university’s discipline areas. Uni Research has advanced scientific equipment and modern laboratory facilities in collaboration with UiB. Around 100 PhD students and post. docs from UiB work on research projects in Uni Research. The company is owned by the University of Bergen and operates on a non-profit basis.
Uni Research wants to:
- To carry out high quality research relevant to the community
- To develop research competence of an international standard
- To foster research talents
- To disseminate results of research to users and the general public
- To highlight Bergen’s overall research competence
Uni Research is a leader within climate, energy and environmental science. Along with UiB Uni Research is a key institution in two Centres of Excellence, The Bjerknes Centre of Climate Research (BCCR) and Centre for Integrated Petroleum Research (CIPR). Uni Research is also a key partner in two Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research. Norwegian Centre for Offshore Wind Energy (NORCOWE) and SUbsurface CO2 storage – Critical Elements and Superior Strategy (SUCCESS).
The main objective of SUCCESS is to develop better scientific methods for the decision process on CO2 storage in subsurface aquifers. This includes an improved comprehension of the injection and storage process as well as the risk of leakage.
The contributions of the Bergen group of the centre contain:
- Mathematical and numerical modelling of unstable displacement and fracture flow
- Storage site monitoring
- Detection and consequences of leakage to marine environment
- Quantification of formation properties and their uncertainties
- Geomechanical/geochemical response
- Hydrates as a shallow barrier
Uni Computing is hosting the wind energy research in the company. This department has a strong focus on computational science, i.e. the modelling of complex systems in nature by using mathematics, software engineering and high performance computing. The wind energy research, including NORCOWE, further benefits from direct access to core competence in two sister departments, Uni Bjerknes Centre and Uni Environment. Uni Bjerknes Centre is hosting the national centre of excellence in climate research, having strong knowledge on numerical modelling of atmospheric and oceanic processes. Uni Environment has strong skills in environmental and biological monitoring, with special emphasis on marine biology.