The facilities contain laboratories and instruments dedicated to research, development and innovation on electric power components and materials.
What can we do in the lab?
High voltage and current sources
ElpowerLab features state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with HVAC, HVDC, and impulse test setups adhering to international test standards. Additionally, it houses novel high voltage sources capable of generating pulsed and PWM waveforms up to 150 kV. The facility also contains an automated high current test system, enabling the induction of up to 4 kA in high-capacitance objects.
A dedicated laboratory for characterization of thermal, chemical, mechanical, and electrical properties of materials relevant for power components, with special focus on electric insulation systems, is available at ElpowerLab.
To study breakdown, fracture, and related phenomena, a SIMX camera with nanosecond shutter speed and a 3D UV camera are available. Furthermore, ElpowerLab features MHz bandwidth high voltage probes (up to 400 kV) in conjunction with GHz bandwidth oscilloscopes and a spectrum analyser to study electric signal propagation in both field and laboratory settings.
ElpowerLab is financed by SINTEF Energi and the Research Council The Research Council of Norway as part of the "National research infrastructure" programme.