LowEmission develops new technology and concepts for offshore energy systems and integration with renewable power production technologies. LowEmission is a platform for innovation, and strong interaction within the Centre will generate spin-off projects and technology transfer possibilities for the industry.

Our contribution to a more sustainable world

LowEmission's research in cleaner offshore energy systems and integration with renewable power production technologies contributes to reaching the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. The following three are the ones we deem most relevant to our areas of research, and for which we hope to achieve significant impact.

Chief Scientist Mario Ditaranto
SINTEF's high pressure combustion facility is used in the LowEmission Centre to investigate the characteristics of ammonia and hydrogen combustion from real gas turbine burners. It is important to measure how the flames behave in pressurised environments (like the inside of gas turbines) by studying their structure, stability and pollutant emissions. Here, Chief Scientist Mario Ditaranto adjusts the optical instrumentation to capture the flame mission spectrum from hydrogen – ammonia – nitrogen mixture flames.

 

Per Bergmo, research scientist
A good understanding of subsurface processes is required to find energy-efficient drainage strategies for oil and gas production, without jeopardizing the recovery. The Petroleum Department at SINTEF Industry has an advanced Reservoir Flow Laboratory for this purpose. In this picture, Per Bergmo (SP7-leader) is adjusting the camera of the Hele-Shaw cell made for studying multiphase flow in fractured rocks. The camera fixed above the cell takes a series of pictures during the experiment, which are later analysed using a specially developed image-processing software. The images are then used to quantify the speed of fluid displacement and the flow patterns developing underway. The fully transparent cell built at SINTEF is one of very few in the world of its size and capabilities, and gives important insights for production of oil and gas in naturally fractured reservoirs and for fluid flow in near-well regions where induced fractures may occur.

Hear from three of our PhD-candidates on how they will contribute to the Centre's goals.

Check out our short video from the official opening of the Centre.(NOR).