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SINTEF Energy Lab

SINTEF Energy Lab

Published 31 August 2015

– a vital tool for energy research in Norway

High voltage facilities at SINTEF Energy Lab
High voltage facilities at SINTEF Energy Lab (Photo: Frank Dahlslett, SINTEF)

SINTEF Energy Lab represents the next generation in energy laboratories and is a vital tool for the development of tomorrow's efficient electrical power systems. The new laboratory will be an essential aid in meeting the many domestic energy challenges that Norway faces today. This will be achieved by the development of:

  • Tomorrow's electrical power grid technology
  • The vital know-how and systems needed to exploit offshore wind power
  • Electrical power supply systems for deep-water subsea installations

SINTEF Energy Lab strengthens the combined energy research community both in Trondheim and Norway as a whole. It provides opportunities for greater levels of experimental research and development to benefit our clients. Work at the laboratory will be carried out in close collaboration with NTNU.

The laboratory also provides new opportunities for the development and testing of high-voltage grid components with high reliability requirements. This will mostly involve power lines and cables, but components such as electrical substations and switches will also be the subject of research.

SINTEF Energy Research has invested NOK 165 million in the new laboratory. It is located next to Statnett's electrical substation at Blaklia in Trondheim, which is a vital hub in the electrical power supply infrastructure in Mid-Norway.

Laboratory building SINTEF Energy Lab at Blaklia
SINTEF Energy Lab is located next to Statnett's electrical substation at Blaklia in Trondheim, which is a vital hub in the electrical power supply infrastructure in Mid-Norway.

About the laboratory

SINTEF Energy Lab contains laboratories, offices and conference facilities. Each of the laboratories is tailored to its specific field of application. The biggest and most spectacular lab is the new high-voltage laboratory, which is designed to carry out testing using system voltages of up to 420 kV.

SINTEF Energy Lab provides increased capacity and performance compared with existing laboratories at SINTEF and NTNU. It makes it possible to conduct experiments at much higher system voltages than have been possible in the past. This enables the laboratory to meet the needs of SINTEF's present clients in the fields of on-and offshore electrical power supply systems.

The biggest and most spectacular lab is the new high-voltage laboratory, which is designed to carry out testing using system voltages of up to 420 kV.

The laboratory building has a net floor area of 5,400 square metres, and houses seven distinct laboratories:

  • High-voltage lab
  • Ageing test lab (for ageing tests of cables and other electrical power system components)
  • Subsea lab
  • Short circuit lab
  • Combustion lab
  • High current lab
  • Power system electronics lab

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Contact

The SINTEF Energy Lab is located at Risvollan in Trondheim, Norway