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Succeed at calculating the optimal process flow from Herøya Research Park

The Ranold team, six men standing close together

The Ranold team, which turns math into optimal flow in processes, has found the "flow zone" in Herøya Research Park. From left Alexander Skorgen, Stian Howard, Vegar Grüner, Mikkel Bakli, Trygve Rinde and Jon Gunnerød.

Ranold is successful, they have increased their staff and will soon move into larger areas in the Research Park

Ranold in Herøya Research Park has great success in translating math calculations into colorful maps and concrete solutions on how the process industry and public enterprises will achieve an "state of the art" efficient and climate-friendly flow in production and environmental facilities.

The employees bought Ranold from Acona, and established themselves in Herøya Research Park to focus more broadly on customer opportunities beyond oil and gas. Now their efforts are paying off.

Illustration of calculations

"With great computing power, we are able to describe reality more and more precisely in colorful maps, such as here from a treatment plant", Rinde shows.

"We have about 150 customers spread all over the world and locally here at Herøya and in the region. We now work with both the land-based process industry and the oil and gas industry, with the public sector and the health industry", says Trygve Rinde, general manager of Ranold.

Investing and expanding

In two years, the Ranold team has been expanded from 8 to 12. Computing power and simulation capacity increase, and soon Ranold moves into new modern premises on the floor above. Sintef's research team will then establish itself on the entire 4th floor.

"We are investing in math skills and new computing power to make even more complex simulations", Rinde says. "We now have computing power equivalent to 5-600 PCs that simulate the effects and consequences of turbulent and linear forces and currents in liquids and gases. We calculate, for example, the dispersal effect on discharges from water treatment plants and the consequences for fish and plants in the water", he explains.

Large data sets and uptime on power

Rinde talks about generating large data sets, and the need for power and terra bytes that cannot be shoveled up into the cloud.

"A big advantage at Herøya is up-time on power supply", Rinde brags. "Customers demand that we document, and we can reassure that in the last 40 years, two power outages have been registered, in 8 and 5 minutes".

Virtual prototyping at Herøya

Ranold is also behind the prototype of a new oil valve highlighted in the state budget as a good example of new technology, which will increase recovery and reduce climate emissions.

Jon Gunnerød and Vegar Grüner holding the 3D-printed valve

"This 3D-printed valve in metal is an example of virtual prototyping, says Jon Gunnerød, and colleague Vegar Grüner, Ranold's inventors of the valve solution.

"Virtual prototyping is thousands of hours of research and development work, much done here in Herøya Research Park", says Vegar Grüner. Together with Ranold colleague, Rune Kille, he got the idea eight years ago. "We have calculated it, done simulations and tested the valve on Equinor's multiphase rig here in the research park".

Now the prototype, 3D-printed at Tronrud Engineering, will soon be ready for commercialization of Ranold's subsidiary Innowell Solutions.

Work with the smartest

"Tronrud Engineering has been named Norway's smartest company. We like to work with the smartest. The more complex, the more interesting", say the Ranolds.

Two men in a kind of laboratory

"Physics still applies in everything we do", say two committed Ranolds, Trygve Rinde, general manager and Jon Gunnerød, COO. Here they demonstrate fun physics effects in their own physics "play" room, both equally excited.

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