The energy department is the largest department in IRIS and consists of five research groups in addition to the Petroleum Laboratory, the management and the administration. Drilling and well technology, increased oil recovery, risk analysis and renewable energy are our main areas. We are at the forefront of international research into automated drilling and increased recovery. In 2016, we also increased our activity within plugging of wells and abandonment of old wells.
In addition to the significant amount of activity within petroleum, in 2016 we further strengthened our position in the fields of renewable energy and CO2 storage. IRIS has chosen health research and big data as new focus areas and researchers from the Energy Division have made an active contribution to the work of developing these focus areas. Our international project portfolio grew over the course of 2016. We are partners in several H2020 projects and projects funded by Norway Grants. The funding from the Research Council of Norway for collaboration with Texas via the NorTex Data Science Cluster is vitally important for our international commitment. In 2016, we had several international seminars and workshops, both in Houston under the auspices of OTC and in Stavanger under the auspices of ONS.
In 2016, we have further strengthened our cooperation with industry and gained more new customers.