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.
SINTEF Materials and Chemistry Sustainable Energy
RESEARCH, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
The transformation of the fossil-based energy sector with large green house gas emission to clean energy is one of the greater global challenges.Our research area in sustainable energy covers technology within CCS, renewables, energy storage, hydrogen and fuel cells. The applied and innovation-driven research aim at making CCS and renewable technologies and energy systems reliable and affordable.
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.
From biomass to energy, fuels and chemicals. The products from biorefineries replace or substitute products from traditional oil refineries. The utilization of renewable raw materials (wood, agro and industrial waste and marine biomass) minimizes the emission of greenhouse gases.
SINTEF has expertise in the production and characterization of glass, glass ceramics, structural ceramics, composites, high temperature sealing, porcelain, glaze, glass, foam glass and bricks. SINTEF can make ceramic- and glass test samples based on the customer's specifications for material properties evaluation.
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.
Capture, transport and storage of CO2 is an important part of the solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Our CO2 capture research span a wide range, including the development of materials and processes in post-combustion, pre-combustion and oxyfuel processes, natural gas processing and industrial applications.
To capture, transport and store CO2 is part of the solution to reduce green house gas emissions. Our research in CO2 capture covers development of materials and processes within post-, pre- and oxy-combustion processes, natural gas processing and industrial applications.
SINTEF develops several types of membranes for separating CO2 before or after a combustion processes or from industry sources. We have the expertise and required equipment for the preparation and characterization of various types of membranes, as well as running simulation and testing of membranes at realistic operating conditions.
Modelling is important for understand the mechanisms associated with the separation of CO2 from large point sources such as fossil fuel power plants, steel works and similar. Modelling tools can be used for plant design process optimization and system improvement. SINTEF has developed a simulation software package, CO2SIM, for simulation of absorption based CO2 capture, tailored for this purpose.
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.
Wind turbines and their components are subjected to large long lasting loads and harsh environment resulting in high demands to the applied structural materials and protective coatings used. SINTEF Materials and Chemistry works on development, testing and modelling of a wide range of materials applied in wind turbines.
Development of renewable energy solutions is essential in order for us to be able to respond to the energy demands facing mankind today. Our research in renewable energy comprise development of processes for production of high quality single crystal and multi-crystal silicon, thin silicon materials and new materials and concept for solar cells. We develop blade and generator technology for offshore wind turbines, and new drilling technology and monitoring methods for deep geothermal energy.
High Throughput laboratory - Oslo
The High Throughput laboratory can be divided in three main activates: 1) design and construction of high-throughput equipment, 2) parallel synthesis of materials, and 3) parallel screening of materials properties. We provide automated custom made high precisions equipment for a wide range of applications. Development and application of combinatorial and parallel approaches are used to accelerate the research and development of a large number of industrially relevant processes.
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.
SiC4LED – Novel fluorescent silicon carbide growth approach for white LEDs
The main objective of the project aims to grow a new type of compound semiconductor crystal, fluorescent silicon carbide (f-SiC), by applying the liquid solution phase epitaxial (LPE) technology, and to preliminarily examine the feasibility of fabricating the monolithic white light-emitting diodes (LEDs). It is expected to save up to 20% of energy consumption for SiC growth.
PLATIRUS – Platinum Group Metals Recovery Using Secondary Raw Materials
The PLATIRUS project aims at reducing the European deficit of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs), by upscaling to industrial relevant levels a novel cost-efficient and miniaturised PGMs recovery and raw material production process. The Platinum Group Metals comprise 6 chemically very similar elements: ruthenium (Ru), rhodium (Rh), palladium (Pd), iridium (Ir), osmium (Os) and platinum (Pt). PGMs are among the least abundant of the Earth's elements and are classified by the EC as critical raw materials (CRMs). Pt is the most commercially important of all the PGMs, having the largest range of applications from jewellery to automotive to electronics.
The International Hydrogen Conference 2016
In September Lise and Vigdis attended the 2016 International Hydrogen Conference, supported by among others our collaborating international project partner I2CNER.
Meet internship candidate Martin
Hello everybody! I am Martin, 22 and I am a French student coming from Mines Saint Etienne, which is a Graduate Institute of Science and Technology, member of Institut Mines-Télécom and ranked among the top 15 engineering school in France.
TCM and SINTEF formalizes CCS collaboration
CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) and SINTEF have for years been heavily involved with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) activities. They now enter into a co-operation agreement where their capabilities will be jointly presented to the market.