Catalysis is involved in 85-90 % of all chemicals production. SINTEF has extensive experience within both homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. Our projects are often directed towards understanding the operation of the catalyst and the interplay between the catalyst and its process. We work closely with partners in academia and Norwegian and international industry.
Renewable energy Hydrogen
SINTEF conducts research on how hydrogen could become an important energy carrier in a low-carbon society
Hydrogen can be an important energy carrier to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a range of sectors, particularly transport, but potentially also in power generation and as a production input for industry. SINTEF is working in key areas in the whole value chain for hydrogen, from production to transport and storage, and end use.
The CFD group at SINTEF Energy Research has more than 30 years of experience in performing numerical modelling of chemically reactive processes in laminar and turbulent flows consisting of single-phase (gaseous fuels combustion) or multi-phase (solid fuels combustion) configurations. Depending on the specific needs and time constraints of our customers, we are able to perform numerical simulations that boast a wide range of accuracies, geometric complexity and computational cost.
At SINTEF we work with the development of new chemical processes, separation sequences, process intensification and optimization of unit operations and complete plants. The activities span from the analysis of chemical properties and building of bench scale testing equipment to the design and commissioning of large scale pilot plants. Process modelling and simulation are integral activities of this work.
SINTEF offers broad knowledge in development and characterization of materials and components for fuel cell technology. Fuel cells represent one of the most effective technologies for converting chemical energy into electricity. We develop PEM, SOFC and PCFC - type fuel cells for both stationary and transport applications. We have a strong network of international partners, allowing us to be in the forefront of the technology development.
Hydrogen will be an important supplement to electricity as an energy carrier in future sustainable energy systems. In addition to being fuel for the transport sector, hydrogen will contribute to increased utilization of renewable energy sources. The need for energy storage will increase dramatically, and hydrogen will be the preferred option for large amounts of energy, and storage over longer periods.
During the last 10 to 15 years, SINTEF Energy Research has been working with both the liquefaction of hydrogen and value chains in which liquid hydrogen is incorporated into either part or the whole of the chain in question. In particular, hydrogen in liquid form is ideally suited for transport over long distances. It is also ideal as a means of conveying the gas both to industrial users and to hydrogen filling stations used by the transport sector.
A self-sustaining and secure energy system is one of the main pillars of future society. The energy system (generation, transmission, demand) will become more decentralised with production taking place closer to customers and involving technologies such as solar panels, fuel cells, micro-turbines, storage and combined heat and power systems.
Ambition – Advanced biofuel production with energy system integration
The ECRIA project AMBITION aims to develop a long-term joint European Community Research and Innovation Agenda on the integration of biofuels production and surplus grid electricity valorisation. AMBITION brings together eight partners from eight different countries into a European wide lasting research partnership, which is closely linked to EERA Bioenergy.
Hydrogen Fact Report for Akershus Council
Akershus county (the Norwegian county surrounding the around the city of Oslo) required on short notice a fact report to draft their hydrogen strategy, and that had to be ready by the end of September 2016. They contacted SINTEF, who prepared the report within 15 days from contract signature.
SURKINOX – Designing rules for enhancing SURface KINetics in functional OXides for clean energy technologies
The project aims to develop novel approaches to design property-driven materials with nano-functionalized surfaces and nano-structured thin films as well as necessary experimental techniques to determine catalytic properties and rate determining steps in specific processes relevant for ceramic fuel cells, electrolysers and gas separation membranes.
Industrial production process for hydrogen membranes
In the project "Establishment of process for the production of membrane elements", Reinertsen, SINTEF Materials and Chemistry and SINTEF Raufoss Manufacturing cooperate to develop an industrial manufacturing process for membrane tubes for CO2 capture, using hydrogen separation.
The role of fossil fuels and CCS in a cleaner transport system
In short, a possible solution for hydrogen production for cars could be to use fossil fuels. We will tell you why and how!