Fionn Iversen is chief scientist in NORCE Energy, performing research in the areas of geothermal energy and energy systems, hydrogen value chain, flow modelling and drilling. As chief scientist Iversen is responsible for project development and management, and for ensuring quality in research.
Iversen is a doctor of materials technology, within process modelling, and holds an M.Sc. in hydrodynamics and experimental physics.
Working for more than 20 years in the research group, Iversen has managed multiple Research Council projects for knowledge building, technology innovation and demonstration, Regional Research Fund projects, and industry projects. He has performed studies in well control and worked on model-based drilling diagnostics and automation, measurement and processing of complex fluids, flow measurements and standardisation, and fluid and particle transport. Iversen also leads a current initiative on industrial cybersecurity, important for safe advanced systems automation.
From 2009 to 2011 Iversen lead the commercialisation of model-based drilling automation technology as technical and managing director in what is now Sekal. As part of research activities Iversen has lectured and acted as examiner at the University of Stavanger. He has also contributed to research and technology development internationally, through managing Horizon 2020 and INTPART projects, and through active participation in scientific societies such as SPE, IADC and IEEE, contributing in the SPE DSATS and IADC Cybersecurity Committe, and as Technical and Associate Editor of the SPE Drilling and Completion Journal. As acknowledgement for this work Iversen was in 2021 awarded the SPE Technical Reviewer Outstanding Service Award.
Iversen plays a central role in current research efforts for the green shift. He leads the HyValue Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research within hydrogen, hosted by NORCE. HyValue aims to develop knowledge, methodology and innovative solutions for hydrogen energy carriers. The centre has a holistic approach and includes technical solutions, financial incentives, regulations, social and environmental impact and risk. Iversen also chairs the board of the NORCE-hosted Geothermal Energy Association of Norway (GEAN).