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Electrochemical energy conversion and system solutions

We offer scientific research for the development and implementation of new, sustainable electrochemical energy systems.

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Research areas

Our research on electrochemical energy systems covers electrolysis, fuel cells, batteries, solar cells and membranes. These are sustainable technologies with an increasing number of commercial applications in the energy sector, in maritime industry, in land-based industry, in transportation, and in building & construction.

To identify optimal solutions for these systems to operate in the best possible way, we use data analysis, modelling, techno-economic analysis, environmental systems analysis/LCA, as well as SINTEF's interdisciplinary competence.

 

Employees in the research group for Electrochemical energy conversion and system solutions

Some relevant themes:
Electrolysis systems - How does dynamic operation, caused by e.g. intermittent solar or wind power, affect service life and how can optimal systems and hydrogen storage solutions be designed for such operation? Is there a need for- or beneficial to include - hybrid systems with, for example, batteries?

Fuel cell and battery systems - How to design and operate MW-sized energy systems, for example on board ships in the best way, based on modular fuel cell systems, and how should these be hybridized with batteries?

Energy storage - and supply in microgrids - How to combine energy production from wind and/or solar energy, energy storage and production of electricity and heat in the best possible way?

Membranes - How to design and operate membrane systems for hydrogen separation with CO2 capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) in the best way?

Control systems - How to control, regulate and control electrical, mechanical, mechatronic, chemical, and hydraulic systems?

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The third release

The third release

Virtual-FCS announces the third release of its open-source platform for designing hybrid fuel cell and battery systems.

REFHYNE awarded for Best Outreach during EU Hydrogen Week

REFHYNE awarded for Best Outreach during EU Hydrogen Week

The project that culminated in July 2021 with Europe's largest PEM electrolyser for hydrogen production being put in operation has been given the Best Outreach Award by Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) during the EU Hydrogen Week.

New fast-track software tool for emissions-free transport

New fast-track software tool for emissions-free transport

New software now being developed as part of an EU-funded project will ease the roll-out of hydrogen-powered haulage vehicles, ships and trains when a “new Europe” starts to take shape once the Covid-19 crisis is behind us.

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Projects

ZeroKyst

ZeroKyst

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With ZeroKyst, we will strengthen Norwegian value creation and export through green growth. The project will demonstrate that both new and existing vessels in the seafood industry can be emission free and contribute to decreasing emissions from...

Haeolus

Haeolus

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There are significant resources of wind power in areas where few people live, and which cannot be exploited due to a weak grid. A solution is to produce hydrogen and export it.

Giantleap

Giantleap

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Giantleap aims to increase lifetime and reliability of fuel cells in buses

MetroHyVe 2

MetroHyVe 2

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Current barriers to mass implementation of hydrogen in transport arise from European Directive 2014/94/EU and International organisation of legal metrology (OIML) recommendations that must be met by all European hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS...

HyLINE - Safe Pipelines for Hydrogen Transport

HyLINE - Safe Pipelines for Hydrogen Transport

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Hydrogen, the most abundant chemical substance in the universe, may, as an energy carrier hold the key to the inevitable and needed transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Together with Norway's important role as a major energy provider in...

Expertise

Electrolysis

SINTE offers full range of competence in the development and characterization of materials and components for electrolysis technology. Electrolysis is the process of converting water to oxygen and hydrogen using electricity. Small scale electrolysers...

Fuel cells

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 (e.g. hydrogen) into electricity. We...

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...

Metal-air batteries

In alignment with Europe's Green Deal for 2050 and SINTEF's commitment towards technology for a better society, we are also developing alternate battery technologies that are safe, low cost, and sustainable with minimal stress on the environment.

Decision support systems

We have long experience in developing decision support systems for an optimal resource usage in industry and government administration. This can be decision support both on operational and on strategic level.

Modelling of sustainable energy systems

Our work contributes to a future green, sustainable and modern energy system. We develop and apply models for handling uncertainty, analysing profitability, emissions, socio-economic and environmental effects. The models and analyses are used by both...

Materials integrity

The mechanical properties of materials are affected in the presence of hydrogen and may cause degradation in for of so-called hydrogen embrittlement. In areas like hydrogen storage and transport, it is therefore important to contain the harmful...

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