Aramco shows innovation and technology leadership at CERAWeek 2019

Posted On March 20th, 2019 - 8:34 am | by Oil and gas press

Saudi Aramco’s leading role in energy innovation was on full display at CERAWeek 2019 in Houston as the company’s technology strategists and researchers discussed their latest solutions and spoke about the path forward for new technologies to drive sustainability in the industry.

Saudi Aramco chief technology officer Ahmad O. Al-Khowaiter spoke on a panel called “Digital Transformation: Creating Value,” and another titled “The Quiet ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) Revolution. New Tech Driving New Directions.”

Al-Khowaiter told the audience that software advancements using artificial intelligence, big data, and predictive analytics have shown great promise in certain cases. To scale these applications across enterprises, companies must further develop the digital skills of workers and change work flows so that front-line personnel are constantly encouraged to test new tools in their jobs, he said.

“Freeing up data to flow across silos and to fully leverage it will allow the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0) to flourish,” said Al-Khowaiter.

Al-Khowaiter also spoke about the need for governments to ensure a sound policy environment that adequately addresses climate challenges. Looking at carbon emissions through a more holistic “wells-to-wheels” lens can help create better policy outcomes — especially when it comes to evaluating various transport technologies, he said.

Given the consensus among all major forecasts that ICEs will make up the overwhelming majority of the world’s light-duty vehicle fleet for decades to come, the development of cleaner burning engines would reduce emissions faster and more economically than trying to switch fleets around the world to electric vehicles, he said.

Saudi Aramco’s research centers are developing new engines that boost fuel economy 30% or more, and reduce particulate emissions to nearly zero.

“We see ourselves as being a catalyst that brings together energy companies and automakers so that important advancements can be made by conducting innovative research on new fuels and new engines simultaneously,” said Al-Khowaiter.

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