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Latest news from SINTEF: Archive 2020

Norway launches major wind power research centre

Norway launches major wind power research centre

December 11th – Today the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Tina Bru, announced an investment of 120 million NOK (11.3 million EUR) in a new wind power research centre in Norway. The NorthWind research centre will be at the cutting edge...

Knowledge is a dish best shared

Knowledge is a dish best shared

Four years have passed since the first seeds of CINELDI, the world's largest research centre on Smart Grids, were sowed. The centre's work is only half complete, but we are already seeing the first fruits.

Meet the aquaculture industry’s new maintenance bot

Meet the aquaculture industry’s new maintenance bot

This ROV can fully operate on its own, and follow along with fish’s behaviour and health with its Argus eyes – all while keeping a safe distance. It even inspects the technical standard of the enclosure while it’s at it. Say hi to Mr...

Ambitious European battery research targets can be met

Ambitious European battery research targets can be met

Brussels/Trondheim: The European Technology and Innovation Platform on Batteries (ETIP Batteries, Batteries Europe) has published its Strategic Research Agenda. The document sets the priorities that battery research should follow in the next years...

Model testing opens new possibilities

Model testing opens new possibilities

As a part of the project “Design and Verification of Large Floating Coastal Structures” (LFCS), a new model test was recently conducted in the Ocean Basin Laboratory.

This is how the new Covid-19 vaccine works

This is how the new Covid-19 vaccine works

Pfizer has recently announced that it is ready with a Covid-19 vaccine that is 90 percent effective. The vaccine is a so-called mRNA vaccine that has been developed jointly by Pfizer and BioNTech. But what is mRNA technology, and how does it work?

CCS during waste incineration removes CO2 from the atmosphere

CCS during waste incineration removes CO2 from the atmosphere

The capture and storage of CO2, also known as CCS, from our waste is essential because this refuse is responsible for a large proportion or our cities’ greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, the technology represents a relatively inexpensive abatement...

A Roadmap for Smart and Autonomous Sea Transport Systems

A Roadmap for Smart and Autonomous Sea Transport Systems

A new Roadmap for Smart and Autonomous Sea Transport Systems was unveiled at the SMI Forum in Singapore on October 22nd, by Senior Minister of State for Transport and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Chee Hong Tat, and the Ambassador of Norway to Singapore, Ms...

110 years of engineers who built Norway

110 years of engineers who built Norway

We often associate innovation with someone who invents something completely new. But innovation is also about improving and expanding on existing technology. One hundred and ten years of Norwegian engineering history provides plenty of examples.

Simulation model may reduce the climate footprint of oil production

Simulation model may reduce the climate footprint of oil production

Future offshore oil and gas fields are most likely to be “satellite developments” that are less expensive and emit less greenhouse gases than other fields because they do not require new production platforms. An innovative Norwegian computational...

Making ultrasound universally accessible

Making ultrasound universally accessible

Currently, ultrasound machines are operated primarily by specialists because it requires extensive experience to interpret the images. Norwegian researchers are aiming to tackle this issue.

The World's First Digital Snow Guide

The World's First Digital Snow Guide

The bilingual 'Snow Competence' website gathers together all available knowledge on how to ensure good snow conditions in the future, in the most efficient and sustainable way possible. The research-based website is available in Norwegian and English...

Knowledge and innovation for circular transition

Knowledge and innovation for circular transition

SINTEF hosted a very successful Circular Economy conference, the fourth in a row, with over 1600 participants. The topic for this year's conference was to share new knowledge and create new opportunities in the transition to a circular economy...

Successful utilisation of every single gramme of fish

Successful utilisation of every single gramme of fish

The rest raw materials left after a salmon has been filleted are equivalent to more than 60 percent of its slaughtered weight. It will soon be possible to convert these into a high-quality fish oil, taste-neutral fish proteins, fish gelatin and flame...

Whitepaper on Industrial Heat Pump

Whitepaper on Industrial Heat Pump

Industrial processes are currently responsible for 20 % of total greenhouse gas emissions in Europe. In order to stay within the 1.5°C scenario of the Paris Climate Agreement, measures to reduce these greenhouse gas emissions from industry are...

Two Leading Research Papers Share NCCS Award

Two Leading Research Papers Share NCCS Award

The Scientific Committee of the Norwegian CCS Research Centre (NCCS) recently announced joint winners of the Best NCCS Paper award for 2019. The award aims to highlight world-leading research in carbon capture, transport and storage technologies from...

- These are fields in which Norway can lead the way

- These are fields in which Norway can lead the way

The Norwegian Research Center for AI Innovation (now NorwAI, formely known as CRAI) opens the way for widespread collaboration between industry and academia – an essential premise for the development of effective solutions.

Searching for the secret to more efficient solar cells

Searching for the secret to more efficient solar cells

The search for the perfect solar cell is not yet over. Norwegian researchers are now adopting a new approach to the cells’ raw material, crystalline silicon, with the aim of making the electricity-generating cells even more efficient.

We want to be a driver for the transformation of Norway

We want to be a driver for the transformation of Norway

“This is a major and important boost for Norway. The SFI centres aim to create the business and industry of the future. NTNU and SINTEF want to be a driver for the major transformation that the nation is facing,” say NTNU’s Rector Anne Borg and...

Sound beacons support safer tunnel evacuation

Sound beacons support safer tunnel evacuation

Research conducted as part of the project EvacSound demonstrates that auditory guidance using sound beacons is an effective aid during the evacuation of smoke-filled road tunnels. This is good news. It is a fact that vehicle drivers and passengers...

Launch of Sweden's largest carbon capture and storage plant

Launch of Sweden's largest carbon capture and storage plant

On May 26, Sweden’s largest test facility for CO2-capture began operations at Preem's refinery in Lysekil. The entire value chain will now be analyzed – from the capture of carbon dioxide to its storage – in the pilot research project ‘Preem CCS...

Getting the body to make its own cancer drugs

Getting the body to make its own cancer drugs

Imagine that we could instruct our bodies to make the drugs they need themselves. The gene technology that makes this possible is called mRNA therapy, which may become a major tool in the treatment of multiple diseases. Norwegian researchers are...

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.

We must reuse the resources in our wastewater

We must reuse the resources in our wastewater

Resources from wastewater must be better utilized to ensure access to clean water, enough food and good living conditions for all. Researchers in five countries are about to demonstrate circular economic models for how wastewater resources can be...

Ten tips for productive online meetings

Ten tips for productive online meetings

We are meeting as never before – online. Particularly in connection with our jobs this may present challenges, but it can also be very productive. Here is some advice from researchers for smart meetings in the virtual environment.

Researchers honoured for their digital recipe for success

Researchers honoured for their digital recipe for success

Norwegian research has offered the world new knowledge about how major IT projects should be organised to succeed. The star duo behind these findings has now been honoured for their groundbreaking work with SINTEF’s research prize worth NOK 150,000.

The big "Living energy lab"

The big "Living energy lab"

At the energy laboratory Skagerak Energilab, scientists from the CINELDI research centre are now able to carry out full-scale tests of microgrids together with Skagerak Nett. The stadium of Odd football club in Skien has 4,300 square metres of solar...

Studying the Outdoor Lab of Svalbard

Studying the Outdoor Lab of Svalbard

According to the Climate in Svalbard 2100 report, average annual temperatures on Svalbard have risen by 4°C since 1971, with winter temperatures rising by more than 7°C. The remote Arctic archipelago is one of the places hardest hit by the early...

Sailing towards lower cost & legal certainty for CCS

Sailing towards lower cost & legal certainty for CCS

When the idea of large-scale CCS was introduced, pipelines were foreseen as the main means of transport due to the low cost for large capacities. But with a stronger focus on bringing European CO2 emissions to the Norwegian Continental Shelf...

A structured look at specific smart grid scenarios

A structured look at specific smart grid scenarios

The smart grid of tomorrow will be one of the most complex systems ever developed. To better understand this complexity and prepare all relevant parties for the transition to come, CINELDI undertook a successful multidisciplinary foresight process.

Cement factories can put the brakes on global plastic pollution

Cement factories can put the brakes on global plastic pollution

Researchers believe that plastic refuse can be used as fuel in cement factories in Asia. If this works, it may provide a solution to two of the planet’s biggest environmental problems – plastic in the oceans and high levels of coal consumption.

The story of CO2 as a refrigerant

The story of CO2 as a refrigerant

Carbon Dioxide is so often cast as the villain in climate change debates. Yet that very same substance along with other natural working fluids has the potential to cut more emissions than any other climate change mitigation technology. Now HighEFF is...

Fast-tracking CCS deployment in Norway, Europe and the world

Fast-tracking CCS deployment in Norway, Europe and the world

Europe is steering towards a net zero-CO2 emission economy. "To make that possible, we need to maintain a high level of security of supply, low cost of energy while at the same time maintaining the very crucial process industries in Europe. But...

Teaching robots to see and feel

Teaching robots to see and feel

Newly developed technology has given robots the ability to learn new skills, enabling them to perform complex tasks and work alongside humans. This innovation can benefit many crucial societal functions, such as food production

Testing a battery that feeds the grid

Testing a battery that feeds the grid

“In collaboration with the CINELDI research centre, we are currently conducting tests to see if batteries can be used to support low-voltage grids. It is useful to be able to get input and feedback from and share our experience with researchers and...

New job in the time of corona?

New job in the time of corona?

Now that “everybody” is working from home, it can be challenging for companies to recruit and onboard new employees. How can the new hires be productive and feel that they belong in the workplace when they are working from home? According to...

Robo-turtles in fish farms reduce fish stress

Robo-turtles in fish farms reduce fish stress

Robotic turtles used for surveillance could help prevent escapes from salmon farms. The “turtle robots” are paving the way for a technology that improves monitoring inside sea cages.

Working from home does not make us less productive

Working from home does not make us less productive

Current research into teamwork is showing that we do not become less productive working from home, provided that we work intelligently and are equipped with tools that enable us to work together with our colleagues. In this article, researchers will...

Cracking the code to sea cucumber farming

Cracking the code to sea cucumber farming

Sea cucumbers are internationally known as a superfood, as they contain many healthy substances. They are highly sought after by both Chinese restaurants and health food manufacturers. However, many sea cucumber species are threatened with extinction...

A revolution in vaccine development – but will we all benefit?

A revolution in vaccine development – but will we all benefit?

By manipulating the “instruction manuals” that control cell function in our bodies, we will soon be able to combat many diseases, including the new coronavirus outbreak. However, in the worst scenario, such innovations will only benefit the rich.

Preparing ourselves for extreme events

Preparing ourselves for extreme events

As wildfires raged through the Swedish forests in 2018, a new set of European resilience management guidelines for dealing with crises was demonstrating its potential usefulness to decision-makers. Applying these recommendations can save many lives...

Your sewage is valuable muck

Your sewage is valuable muck

A world without phosphorous is a world without life.  But phosphorous is a finite resource, so researchers are recovering it from sewage.

A new thermal insulation bag will save lives

A new thermal insulation bag will save lives

It is very likely that the human body develop hypothermia following an accident. Maintaining a patient’s body temperature on the way to hospital can be crucial to survival. The prototype of a new and improved solution is now ready.

SUMMER H2020 Kick-off meeting

SUMMER H2020 Kick-off meeting

SUMMER is an EU H2020 research project with 22 partners from all over Europe. SINTEF Ocean is one of the partners of the project, which is coordinated by AZTI in Spain. The project had its kick-off meeting in Bilboa, Spain, from 24th to 26th of...

How much microplastic is there in your laundry basket?

How much microplastic is there in your laundry basket?

Every time you wash clothes, you are releasing microplastics into the sea, but we know little about the amount and distribution of such material from different types of textile. Research scientists are now working on measuring and capturing...

SF6: The Truths and Myths of this Greenhouse Gas

SF6: The Truths and Myths of this Greenhouse Gas

The atmospheric concentration of the highly-potent greenhouse gas SF6 has never been higher. Fingers have been pointed at the expanding renewables industry, but is that a fair assessment?

Making future transport more climate friendly

Making future transport more climate friendly

The world’s transportation network is constantly growing. “Green asphalt” and sustainable bus transportation will ease the environmental impact of future transport routes.

Putting off old age on the Norwegian shelf

Putting off old age on the Norwegian shelf

Sand in the oil stream with the risk of well collapse is a well-known problem when sandstone reservoirs approach depletion. Advanced sensors and a super machine are helping research scientists to find the threshold at which profitable production...