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SINTEF develops world-leading and innovative wind technology

Globally, wind power is the fastest growing energy technology. SINTEF is an international leader in research on offshore wind. Along with our partners, we are researching and developing innovative and cost-effective solutions for the future.

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Aerodynamic analysis of wind turbines and windfarms

Wind turbines are continuously growing in size, and with the increasing focus on offshore installations, accurately analysis of wind loads and intermittency is of great importance.Windfarms typically consists of a large number of such turbines, and the wind interaction between the turbines must be known to be able to optimize the windfarm with respect to electricity production and to low maintenance cost. Such optimization strongly relies on the control systems used to operate the windfarm.

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Bidding strategy optimisation in the electricity markets

In a liberalised electricity market, such as is the case for the Nordic countries, electricity production levels and prices are determined via a market statement based on supply and demand bids provided by electricity producers and suppliers, and the major electricity consumers. In the case of electricity producers, an effective bidding strategy requires a thorough and comprehensive analysis of their own production systems, agreed market obligations, and forecasts of future developments in the power system.

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CFD - Computational Fluid Dynamics

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.

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Electrical insulation systems and electrical insulation materials

High reliability of the electrical insulation system is of key importance to any high voltage apparatus. The effect of many parameters/mechanisms needs to be carefully assessed when designing electrical insulation systems. In particular the effect of humidity, temperature, pollution/contaminants, mechanical and electrical stress, and external pressure need to be assessed in order to assure high reliability of the insulation system.

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Hydrogen technology and energy storage

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.

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Microgrids

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.

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Multi-market planning

The spot market is by far the largest market for the physical supply of electrical power. The spot market is a day-ahead market, but there are also markets that trade on an intra-day basis for the supply of reserves and balancing power, and for trading in bilateral contracts. The intention is that, within the electrical power system, trading in all these markets shall be linked together as part of the same production and transmission system. This requires multi-market planning.

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Offshore wind operation and maintenance

Operation and maintenance costs constitute to a significant part of the total costs of offshore wind power. Therefore, the development of improved and new solutions for operation and maintenance (O&M) of offshore wind turbines and wind farms is an important contribution to make offshore wind power more cost-effective. SINTEF Energy Research has developed models and tools for optimizing O&M and has competence on inspection and condition monitoring of wind turbine components, especially electrical components, and components in the wind park's grid connection.

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Power Electronics

The conversion of electric power by means of power electronics (converters) is playing an increasingly important role in various parts of the power system. Examples include the integration of renewable power plants, high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission and electrification of the oil and gas sector.

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Transformers

A power transformer is a complex apparatus with windings, core, tap-changer, bushings etc., designed and manufactured for many years of operation in a power system. SINTEF has know-how and runs projects in the transformer technology field; spanning from development and testing of materials for manufacturers, ageing performance, condition monitoring and life estimation, to analysis of interaction between power systems and transformers. A big challenge for the utilities is asset management of ageing transformer fleets.

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