Engineering Research Centre in Energy Production and Innovation
FAPESP and Equinor (former Statoil), a Norwegian multinational energy company, support the partnership among researchers from universities and research institutes in the State of São Paulo and from the Energy Production and Innovation Center (EPIC), in Brazil.
As a result of the cooperation agreement between FAPESP and Equinor, signed in 2016, EPIC aims to seek innovative solutions to optimize energy production, especially aiming at oil well efficiency, reservoir recovery and better water management withdrawal from oil during drilling and extraction activities.
Funding from FAPESP and Equinor is not expected to be the sole and exclusive support of the Center. Partnerships with governmental or non-governmental agencies that are responsible for public policies are foreseen, as well as the creation of startups to be supported by FAPESP’s Innovative Research in Small Business Program (PIPE).
The Energy Production and Innovation Center is headquartered at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in the University of Campinas (UNICAMP). Professor Antonio Carlos Bannwart will coordinate the EPIC Center.