No, this isn’t ice, but hydrates, ice-like crystals that are capable of burning, because they consist largely of natural gas. Hydrates can form when oil, gas and water are being transported in the same pipeline, and they are a serious problem for the petroleum sector. By transforming them into a sort of dry ”snow” instead of slush, SINTEF scientists can prevent hydrates from forming plugs, and they are simply carried along with the oil.
Fire and ice?
SINTEF Energy Research operates laboratories for high voltage, high power and climatic testing. Customers are manufacturers, suppliers and users of electric power equipment.
Development of materials and processes for 3D-printing of components for fire stopping vents
The objective of this project is to develop an intumescent material and a corresponding production process for automated industrial production of components for a patented type of fire stopping vents for buildings.
Within this project, a new method for parallel development of product, production process and value chain for high integrity fire detection will be developed.
ACCESS – Arctic Climate Change, Economy and Society
ACCESS will evaluate climatic impacts in the Arctic on marine transportation (including tourism), fisheries, marine mammals and the extraction of hydrocarbons for the next 20 years; with particular attention to environmental sensitivities and sustainability. These meso-economic issues will be extended to the macro-economic scale in order to highlight trans-sectoral implications and provide an integrated assessment of the socio-economic impact of climate change.