ENERXICO organizes a face-to-face meeting and workshop in Mexico
21 February 2020

On January 27th, 28th and 29th, an ENERXICO face-to-face (F2F) meeting was held in Mexico City. The objective was to bring together the European Union and Mexico work teams participating in the ENERXICO project to strengthen collaboration and encourage feedback between the two groups. This allowed the presentation of the progress of the project and discussion between the working groups of the main activities of the project, in order to strengthen and expand the ways of collaboration between the parties.

The event was organized by the National Institute for Nuclear Research (ININ) through the project´s Mexican coordinator Dr. Jaime Klapp, European Union coordinator Dr. Jose Maria Cela (BSC), Dr. Estela Mayoral (ININ), Marta Rossello (BSC) and Dr. Enrique Guzmán (IINGEN-UNAM).  The inauguration of the event was held in the Emilio Rosenblueth Seminar Hall of the Institute of Engineering of the UNAM.  Dr. Catalina Stern, head of the Faculty of Sciences of the UNAM, and Dr. José Luis Fernández Zayas, former director of the IINGEN-UNAM, welcomed the participants from Mexico and the European Union.

Dr. Jaime Klapp, together with Dr. José María Cela, stressed the importance of conducting these type of meetings to promote the development of one of the most important applied research projects that Mexico has in the area of ​​energy and supercomputing.

During the first day of activities, the advances of the work packages (WP) of the project were presented by their leaders. Isidoro Gitler (CINVESTAV) presented WP1: Exascale enabling. José María Cela presented WP2: Wind energy. Jaime Klapp, Leonardo Sigalotti (UAM-A), Enrique Guzmán (IINGEN), Silvia María Chavez (PEMEX), Olivier Kirstetter (REPSOL) and José Manuel Martínez Magadán (IMP) presented WP3: Oil and gas. Marta Rossello and Estela Mayoral presented WP5 and WP6: Management and dissemination. As part of the activities, there was a visit to Thermofluid laboratory run by Dr. Enrique Guzmán which has sophisticated equipment for the experimental study of fluid dynamics.

The work meetings were held at the facilities of ININ where a visit was also made to the TRIGA Mark III nuclear research reactor, and the Cinvestav ABACUS center which houses the most powerful supercomputer in Mexico.

Within the framework of this visit, a workshop entitled “Moving Towards Exascale Supercomputing for Energy Applications” was held. Several of the researchers collaborating in the project presented seminars to the public where they shared part of the research related to the energy and supercomputing sector. The seminars were:

The ENERXICO Project by Dr. José María Cela (BSC)
Numerical simulation of naturally fractured deposits by Jaime Klapp (ININ)
The forward seismic SeisSol code: application possibilities and performance results by Sebastian Wolf (TUM)
The ExaHyPE Engine by Anne Reinarz (TUM)
Characterization and use of state equations by Humberto Hinojosa Crude (ININ)
Experimentation of multiphase flow in pipes with application in the oil industry by Enrique Guzmán (IINGEN-UNAM)
Oil refining by José Manuel Martínez Magadan (IMP)
The superscale supercomputer by Isidoro Gitler (Cinvestav-Abacus)
Multi-scale simulation and its application to the energy sector by Estela Mayoral Villa (ININ)
Functionalized molecules to viscosify CO2 as an alternative to Non-hydraulic fracturing of oil fields by Armando Gama Goicochea (TESE)
Installation feasibility of wave energy extraction devices in Ensenada, Baja California by Tzeltzin Hernández Sánchez, Oscar Cruz Castro and Rosanna Bonasia (IPN-ESIA)

 If you want to learn more about these, full seminars are available in the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWPRSU4qOQk