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Latest news from SINTEF: Archive 2016

CEDREN: Environmental design

CEDREN: Environmental design

The concept of environmental design in regulated salmon rivers describes how to evaluate, develop and implement measures to improve living conditions for salmon populations in regulated rivers, while taking hydropower production into account. Watch...

Astronauts to get help from snake robots

Astronauts to get help from snake robots

Norwegian researchers are looking into how a snake robot might carry out maintenance work on the International Space Station (ISS), study comets, and explore the possibility of living and working in lava tunnels on the Moon.

Are biofuels environmentally sound?

Are biofuels environmentally sound?

The Norwegian government has just agreed that the fraction of biofuels in petrol and diesel is to be raised from 5.5 to 7 percent next year. Within 2020, this fraction should be up to 20 percent. However, can biofuels be considered as a good...

The magical reindeer nose

The magical reindeer nose

Every schoolchild knows about Rudolph the Reindeer and his magic red nose. But Rudolph's real-life counterparts really do have a magic nose. The colder it is, the better it is in keeping the animals warm and hydrated.

Sick mother was inspiration behind supersmart phone

Sick mother was inspiration behind supersmart phone

Using a smartphone is not easy for older people who have problems with fine motor skills or mild disabilities. So a resourceful engineer enlisted the help of some researchers and took things into his own hands. Now a completely different type of...

Speed warning system saves lives and reduces emissions

Speed warning system saves lives and reduces emissions

Universal adoption of the ISA speed warning system in Norway could reduce both the average speed of vehicles and their emissions, concludes a recent SINTEF report. Lower speeds also lead to fewer fatalities and serious injuries on the roads.

Most of a fish is discarded

Most of a fish is discarded

Every year 340,000 tonnes of usable whitefish by-product are discarded into the sea. But the fisheries industry has now identified ways of halting this practice.

Energy savings in shopping centres

Energy savings in shopping centres

Shopping centres are major energy consumers with significant opportunities for savings. Researchers are currently checking the impact of savings made on lighting and air-conditioning at the City Syd centre in Trondheim.

COST Action on Ocean Governance for Sustainability

COST Action on Ocean Governance for Sustainability

Dr. Rachel Tiller, SINTEF, is one of the Norwegian Representatives for the Management Committee of the COST Action Ocean Governance for Sustainability – challenges, options and the role of science.

Microscopic sensor for more precise radiology treatments

Microscopic sensor for more precise radiology treatments

A team of Norwegian, French and Australian researchers is the first in the world to succeed in quantifying the effects of radiation on individual cancer cells. This means that radiation therapies can now be tailored to individual tumours and thus be...

Personalised care for dementia sufferers

Personalised care for dementia sufferers

The company Noen AS runs courses for its helpers to enable them to establish close relationships with their dementia patients. The aim is to increase the patients' quality of life. Researchers have developed an IT tool to help the company demonstrate...

Green cooling with CO2

Green cooling with CO2

Man-made refrigeration gases threaten the Earth's climate. The use of natural compounds like CO2 is an effective counter-measure.

Researching the dark side of microplastics

Researching the dark side of microplastics

Minute particles of plastic, called microplastics, are everywhere. An international research team is now about to investigate how toxic microplastics are to marine animals such as plankton, crabs and fish, and to find out if such plastics accumulate...

A need for more medical alert response centres

A need for more medical alert response centres

Medical alert systems are going to enable you and I to live longer at home. Researchers have recently been looking closely at these systems with a view to improving them.

"A floating knowledge center"

The fish farming company Marine Harvest wants to build a Blue Revolution Center (BRC), aiming to find new technological solutions for the fish farming industry.

Autonomous vessels may become major priority in Norway

Autonomous vessels may become major priority in Norway

On 4 October, the Norwegian Minister of Transport and Communications, Ketil Solvik-Olsen, will open the launching conference of Norsk Forum for Autonome skip (Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Ships, NFAS) in Oslo. Technology related to unmanned vessels...

Robotic grasping

Robotic grasping

One of the greatest challenges in robotics today is the contact processing of a robot with an object and dexterous handling of compliant objects. This is particularly emphasized when it comes to dealing with handling and grasping in harvesting, post...

Test site opens for unmanned vessels

Test site opens for unmanned vessels

The Trondheim Fjord in Norway will be the world’s first technological playground for pilotless vehicles that move below, on and above the water’s surface.

Help for fishing vessels to locate their catch

Help for fishing vessels to locate their catch

Big Data means that professional fishermen will soon be getting their own decision-making tool. It will tell them where fish shoals are located, and how their vessels can be operated as economically as possible.

Rare disease challenges ICT researchers

Rare disease challenges ICT researchers

People with cystic fibrosis (CF) need help to ensure they are getting correct nutrition and the right amount of enzymes. They also need constant reminders. Researchers are now developing a digital support device to promote autonomy, but are finding...

Using EV tyres to counter traffic noise

Using EV tyres to counter traffic noise

Research shows that fitting tyres with very low rolling resistance, combined with the right road surfacing, can provide just as much noise reduction as traditional noise barriers.

Gemini.no/en has a new design — and a new web address

Gemini.no/en has a new design — and a new web address

Starting today, you’ll find a new and simplified website design for Gemini.no/en. We hope it will improve your experience both in finding and reading the stories you like, whether you’re on your computer, tablet or mobile phone.

Resistance of planning hull: A case study

Resistance of planning hull: A case study

In a project for STM, FINE™/Marine and HEXPRESS™ were used for the prediction of the resistance curve of a planing hull. The CFD results are validated against model tests.

Stressed-out salmon get sick

Stressed-out salmon get sick

Long-lasting stress in farmed salmon makes them more susceptible to diseases. Researchers have now found a simple and reliable method for measuring stress in fish so that it is easier to take action if needed.

Getting to know more about sun storms

Getting to know more about sun storms

A violent solar eruption can disrupt the Earth's magnetic field, which in turn can interfere with power grids. In Washington, the White House is making contingency plans – as is the electrical power sector in Norway.

Crushed aggregates provide major environmental benefits

Crushed aggregates provide major environmental benefits

Norwegian cities are expanding very rapidly and in the areas surrounding many of them, naturally-occurring aggregates for asphalt and concrete production are becoming scarce. The solution may lie in local rock outcrops.

European aircraft to use satellite communication

European aircraft to use satellite communication

The European aviation sector is planning to introduce satellite communication between aircraft and the ground, resulting in fewer zig-zag flight paths, reductions in CO2 emissions, and saved time and money. Norwegian researchers are looking into data...

Norwegian researchers make European air traffic more efficient

Norwegian researchers make European air traffic more efficient

Many major European airports are unable to expand. This means that aircraft departures, arrivals and surface movements will have to be speeded up. A Norwegian system designed to make all airport movements more efficient is tested in Hamburg, and at...

6th Conference on Learning Factories

6th Conference on Learning Factories

Welcome to the 6th Conference on Learning Factories, arranged by NTNU Gjøvik and SINTEF Raufoss Manufacturing, the 29th and 30th of June at Gjøvik. The conference is sponsored by CIRP and SFI Manufacturing, Norways cross-disciplinary research centre...

Industrial production process for hydrogen membranes

Industrial production process for hydrogen membranes

In the project "Establishment of process for the production of membrane elements", Reinertsen, SINTEF Materials and Chemistry and SINTEF Raufoss Manufacturing cooperate to develop an industrial manufacturing process for membrane tubes for CO2 capture...

Norwegian company to separate oil and gas on the seabed

Norwegian company to separate oil and gas on the seabed

In simply raising water up to the deck and transporting chemicals down into a well, platforms on the Norwegian shelf use as much electrical energy as a large Norwegian town. A recently-established company has a more environmentally-friendly that may...

Shipping 4.0 presented at Singapore Maritime Week

Shipping 4.0 presented at Singapore Maritime Week

At Singapore Maritime Week 2016, MARINTEK proposed the term "Shipping 4.0" to describe the rapidly increasing digitalization and automation in merchant shipping and to link it to similar developments on land, called Industry 4.0.

SINTEF is the first choice of NTNU

SINTEF is the first choice of NTNU

For the first time, SINTEF heads the lists that show where technology and science students at NTNU and the University of Oslo would really like to work.

TCM and SINTEF formalizes CCS collaboration

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.

Downturn in results for SINTEF in 2015

Downturn in results for SINTEF in 2015

SINTEF has experienced a downturn in its financial results for 2015. The result before expenditures linked to discontinuation of the pension scheme was NOK 60 million. However, the overall result shows a pre-tax deficit of (-) NOK 293 million due to...

What makes us buy electric cars?

What makes us buy electric cars?

Exemption from excise at the time of purchase is the instrument that has the most influence in persuading people to buy plug-in electric vehicles in Norway, the world’s leader in EV sales per capita. Free use of toll roads is also a factor – for...

First annual report SFI Manufacturing

First annual report SFI Manufacturing

The vision of SFI Manufacturing is to show how sustainable manufacturing in a high-cost country like Norway is possible, and what it takes to improve global competitiveness. The research centre has had a good start-up period. – I am very pleased to...

Optimal fixture scheduling

Optimal fixture scheduling

With help from SINTEF, the northern Norwegian company Profixio is aiming to become a world leader in fixture scheduling for handball, football and volleyball tournaments.

Ocean Space Race

Pupils at Blindern High School who won the Ocean Space Race in Trondheim were so delighted by their victory that they are thinking of becoming naval architects.

Extreme cold weather clothing

Extreme cold weather clothing

If the Norwegian oil and gas industry is heading into the Arctic, it must be dressed for the occasion. This requires unique specialist technical expertise.

Eco-cement from Norwegian clay

Eco-cement from Norwegian clay

Blue clay from Norway is emerging as a climate-friendly alternative to cements used to make concrete – turning a waste material into a resource.

The Ocean Laboratory floor gets an upgrade

The biggest diving operation ever undertaken at MARINTEK has just come to an end. Forty people participated in upgrading the movable floor of the Ocean Laboratory.

Safe workplaces in aquaculture

Safe workplaces in aquaculture

Norwegian aquaculture aims to increase their production in the future. Safety must be prioritized in the development of the industry. Workers in aquaculture has the second highest accident frequency in Norway, following commercial fishers.

Gender quotas are still necessary

Three women active in the world of technology recently met at MARINTEK to discuss the future role of leadership. In spite of their age differences, all three were completely in agreement that quotas are a useful measure for getting women into top...

Removing CO2 from the atmosphere

Removing CO2 from the atmosphere

You may as well learn the expression “carbon-negative technology”, or Bio-CCS, right away, because it has become a talking point in technological circles. Gemini explains why.

New sensor will make life safer for the elderly

New sensor will make life safer for the elderly

Pressure measurements enable a newly developed fall detector to “observe” falls that current sensors do not register, thus improving safety for older people who live at home.

Skaters – mind the ice!

Skaters – mind the ice!

Recent winters almost free of snow have encouraged Norwegians to get their skates on and venture out onto the frozen lakes. But what happens to your body if you fall through the ice, and what should you do if an accident occurs?

Immigrant women ready for work in record time

Immigrant women ready for work in record time

Poorly educated immigrant women qualify rapidly for a life in work as part of a Norwegian pilot project involving an "all-in-one" language tuition and vocational training programme.

More efficient marine operations

More efficient marine operations

The Research Council of Norway has awarded MARINTEK NOK 5.5 million to participate in a research project that aims to develop decision-making simulation software for marine lifting operations.

“Trilobites” that filter and decontaminate

“Trilobites” that filter and decontaminate

Norwegian researchers have developed a small silicon structure that look like fossil trilobites. The device is designed to separate blood cells and filter minute particles from waste water and brines.

Ultrafine industrial dust to be studied

Ultrafine industrial dust to be studied

A Norwegian interdisciplinary project is aiming to ensure that workplace exposure to microscopic dust particles is kept to a minimum for smelter personnel.

Even greener solar power on the way

Even greener solar power on the way

Europe wants to reduce its needs for raw materials and raise the level of recycling of resources in the solar power industry. If this project is successful, greenhouse gas emissions from solar panel manufacture will fall by 25 to 30 per cent.

Eagle-eyed subsea camera

Eagle-eyed subsea camera

A new subsea camera has been developed that can see two to three times further under water than existing cameras and calculate distances to objects. This will make work carried out under water much easier.

iProcess is a groundbreaking project

iProcess is a groundbreaking project

Dr. Odd Myklebust of SINTEF and NTNU, expert in innovation management, was hired to kick the Kickoff off with an outside perspective, from another industry. Norwegian food production can be among the most profitable in the world – with world class...

iProcess will change the food processing industry

iProcess will change the food processing industry

After the iProcess Kickoff, both industrial partners and researchers should know what to expect from one another, according to Dr. Marit Aursand. Expect a change – the iProcess course is set.