Caetano Andrade (left) and Erfan Abolghasemi, students at the University of Stavanger, won the competition "Show us your idea” in 2018. Photo: Lundin Norway

University of Agder students enter a competition to solve oil industry challenges. The main prize is a tour of a North Sea oil platform.

“Show us your idea” is a competition organized by Lundin Norway and the Norwegian Petroleum Society. Technology and geology students from all over Norway are asked to come up with new ideas for more environmentally friendly, safer and more profitable solutions for the oil and gas industry.

Kristoffer Sand is the Head of Mekaunikum at the University of Agder.

“We are looking forward to entering the competition. It is a good opportunity for us to put into practice the theory we learn here at the university,” says Kristoffer Sand, Head of Mekaunikum, an association for mechatronics students at the University of Agder’s Grimstad campus.

Mekaunikum was invited to the competition after a GCE NODE initiative.

“We do appreciate the opportunity. This is our first time we participate in what is a highly relevant competition for mechatronics students. To increase our chances of winning, we have decided to include students of data science, electronics, renewable energy, industrial economics and technology management to a brainstorming session,” says Sand.

Students meet at Bluebox in Grimstad on October 8. Here, Lundin Norway will outline the competition, and a Lundin geologist will talk about how they develop and realize ideas.

“Mekaunikum has created an internal Facebook page for the event and there is already a lively discussion going on. The competition seems to be the subject of conversation among students, so we hope to submit many exciting ideas for Lundin,” says Sand.

Deadline for submitting contributions to the competition is October 11. A jury consisting of subject matter experts will select three finalists who get to present their ideas during an innovation conference on October 23. All three finalists will receive guidance on how their ideas can be refined and further developed. Finally, the winners can look forward to a trip to the North Sea and a tour of Lundin Norway’s Edvard Grieg platform.

“We are eager to connect with students as we are sure that they are the ones who will find solutions to our major future challenges. Sure, we must develop new industries, new energy solutions and new technologies. But at the same time, the world will need large amounts of energy, including oil and gas. That is why it is crucial that the oil and gas industry is also constantly trying to improve,” says Frøydis Eldevik, Director of Communications and Public Relations at Lundin Norway.

The company wants to build a culture for developing good ideas, to become even stronger in and around the industry.

“Good ideas can be even better when shared with other smart people. Sometimes a small adjustment may be all that is needed to develop a student idea to a new established best practice,” says Eldvik.

The winner of “Show Us Your Idea” can look forward to a tour of the Edvard Grieg platform. Photo: Lundin Norway

April 18th 2024

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