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.
Climate and environment Energy storage
We investigate rock physical and mechanical properties, parameters and processes for reservoir and overburden. We can perform tests under near in-situ conditions in our specialized laboratory. In addition, we develop tailored models and tools to simulate of rock mechanical and rock physical behaviour.
Geothermal energy systems cover systems for both shallow and deep geothermal wells. Shallow geothermal boreholes, 50 - 200 m, are used as heat source or sink for heat pumping systems. Deep geothermal wells, typically 1-10 km, can retrieve heat with higher temperature. Heat with high temperature can be utilised directly, e.g. for district heating, or as a heat as source for running a heat-to-power cycle.
SINTEF Energy Research participates in projects in collaboration with a number of international research groups and hydropower industries. Our expertise regarding greenhouse gas processes in hydropower systems range from how the gases arise, via measurement and assessment to complete net accounting and potential methods for preventive measures.
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.
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.
Transport is crucial to the society. Freight transport provides citizens and businesses with the goods, and free mobility for persons is a human right in most countries. However, transport has significant negative effects like pollution, causalities, space consumption, reduction in urban life quality, etc. ICT applied in infrastructures, vehicles, fleet management, user applications and traffic management can mitigate the negative effects and facilitate sustainable transport.
SINTEF Energy Research operates laboratories for high voltage, high power and climatic testing. Customers are manufacturers, suppliers and users of electric power equipment.
Smart Grid Laboratory
NTNU and SINTEF are building a new National Smart Grid Laboratory in Trondheim with funding from the Research Council of Norway in cooperation with the Artic University of Norway and Smart Innovation Østfold.
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.
Giantleap aims to increase lifetime and reliability of fuel cells in buses
Air could be the world’s next battery
Storing compressed air in sealed tunnels and mines could be a way of storing energy in the future – if an EU project in which Norway is a partner is successful.
SINTEF Energy Lab opening
2. September HRH The Crown Prince Haakon Magnus opened our new SINTEF Energy Lab.
How about a Power Road?
Soon our roads and bridges will be paying back the energy used to build them. Power Roads are on their way!