SINTEF is performing research on the whole battery value chain, from development of new materials for existing batteries and new battery systems to evaluation of performance and lifetime of commercial batteries for various applications. Other electrochemical energy storage systems such as supercapacitors and redox flow batteries are also areas of research.
Ocean space Shipping and ship technology
Navigation is the art and science of determining the position and course of an object of interest. In the past the term was most often applied to ships, but today navigation is more important than ever and affects everyone. The cutting edge of navigation technology is focused not only on ever improving accuracy, but also on increasing availability to allow users of smartphones and other devices to navigate indoors and out, as well as reliability to protect users of navigation products from errors.
Marine Cybernetics Laboratory
The Marine Cybernetics Laboratory is a wave basin, especially suited for tests of marine control systems, due to the relatively small size and advanced instrumentation package. It is also suitable for more specialized hydrodynamic tests (for example forced motion tests), mainly due to the advanced towing carriage, which has capability for precise movement of models in 6 degrees of freedom. Flow measurements can be performed using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) technique.
The Ocean Basin Laboratory is used for basic as well as applied research on marine structures and operations. A total environmental simulation including wind, waves and current offers a unique possibility for testing of models in realistic conditions. With a depth of 10 metres and a water surface of 50x80m the Ocean Basin Laboratory is an excellent tool for investigation or existing of future challenges within marine technology.
The main activity of the towing tanks is related to investigation of hydrodynamic performance of ships. This includes resistance, propulsion, seakeeping in head and following seas, and directional stability tests with free running models. The tanks are equipped with two carriages: One for towing up to 10 m/s for traditional calm water tests and a second carriage for seakeeping tests and other tests performed with fixed or free-running models.
Optimization of Marine Energy Storage Systems for Desired Lifetime, Energy Saving and Safety
The primary objective of this project is to develop a methodology for optimized selection of energy storage solutions in hybrid ship power and propulsion systems.
Arctic shipping challenges
As the extent of petroleum activities and the extraction of other resources in the Arctic increases, shipping can expect to face new challenges.
Emergency landings tested in ship-model tank
Helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland has been carrying out model tests in MARINTEK’s ship-model tank in order to study emergency landings on water and helicopters’ subsequent seaworthiness. Very few test facilities anywhere in the world perform tests of this sort today.
Maritime Communication for Autonomous Vessels
The interest in autonomous ship technology is still increasing rapidly in Norway.
SINTEF receives UN award for green leadership
After winning first prize in a UN competition, SINTEF will be leading a project to promote solar-powered electric vessels in North Africa and the Middle East.
Autonomous vessels may become major priority in Norway
On 4 October, the Norwegian Minister of Transport and Communications, Ketil Solvik-Olsen, will open the launching conference of Norsk Forum for Autonome skip (Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Ships, NFAS) in Oslo. Technology related to unmanned vessels may become a major priority for the Norwegian technology industry.