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New CO2-capture test centre planned

A focused effort begins: The scientific research and development project SOLVit, worth more than NOK 300 million, aims to develop a more cost effective technology for CO2-capture, and is is one of the biggest of its kind to date. SINTEF, NTNU and Aker Clean Carbon are the primary partners and several international energy companies have been invited to participate in the programme. These will provide useful input from the perspective of the facility operator.

New laboratories

The programme also includes building a new laboratory at Tiller in Trondheim, including a 30 metre tall tower and processing column that reached 25 metres high – identical to the height needed in full-scale industrial facilities. SINTEF will provide NOK 25 million of the equity for the new laboratory, which will be situated next door to SINTEF’s multi-phase laboratory. The lab will also be available for other of SINTEF’s domestic and international customers and partners.

Supporting education initiatives

Research and education go hand in hand in the SOLVit programme. Using the programme as a basis, NTNU will offer positions to six doctoral candidates and ten master students within the subject of CO2-capture. “SOLVit is an important contribution to educating high-quality academic experts, for which there is great demand. The combination of education and industrial development in this project is very exciting and a great challenge,” says Torbjørn Digernes, Rector of NTNU.

Further reading: CO2-capture programme SOLVit (sintef.no)


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Oil On Ice

During a three-year project financed by the Research Council of Norway, Statoil and Norsk Hydro, SINTEF has been working with NILU and UiB to research how an oil spillage reacts in ice.

27-12-2005

Oil On Ice

During a three-year project financed by the Research Council of Norway, Statoil and Norsk Hydro, SINTEF has been working with NILU and UiB to research how an oil spillage reacts in ice.

This knowledge is valuable to gain an insight into the biological effects of an oil spillage in the Arctic region and also to establish oil spill contingency planning in these ice-infested waters.

As well as discovering more about oil's characteristic in ice, the research scientists have studied photo-oxidisation of the oil and how the water soluble components in oil spread in the ice. (Story form Gemini )

Towards Hydrogen Production with CO2

SINTEF Energy Research will co-ordinate the research project DYNAMIS, which is at the leading edge of the EU's billion project HYPOGEN (Hydrogen Power Production).

27-12-2005

Towards Hydrogen Production with CO2

SINTEF Energy Research will co-ordinate the research project DYNAMIS, which is at the leading edge of the EU's billion project HYPOGEN (Hydrogen Power Production).

This project comprises 29 participating partners, including Statoil, BP, Store Norske Spitsbergen Grubekompani, Vattenfall and companies like Alstom and Siemens. The project deals with studies on hydrogen production from fossil fuels, gas treatment and transport, treatment of CO2 and H2 and storage of CO2 geological formations. The project will also select a preferred concept design for a demonstration plant for hydrogen power production together with a social awareness and consciousness. The project's total budget is €7.7 million, of which SINTEF is contributing €1 million and NTNU €300,000. (Story form Gemini )

Martin Landrø awarded prestigious prize for seismic research

Statoil Prize for 2007 was awarded to Professor Martin Landrø, an applied geophysicist with the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics at NTNU. The prize recognizes his...
18-10-07

Martin Landrø awarded prestigious prize for seismic research

Statoil Prize for 2007 was awarded to Professor Martin Landrø, an applied geophysicist with the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics at NTNU. The prize recognizes his work in in four-dimensional seismology , also known as 4-D seismic.

"Professor Landrø is one of the pioneers in the development and use of 4-D seismic for monitoring oil and gas production from our reservoirs," says Lasse Amundsen, chief researcher in geophysics at StatoilHydro. "For the past 10 years he has provided important theoretical and practical contributions towards enhancing this technology." [ More about the award ]

Refrigeration Technology Award

(27/12/2005) Refrigeration scientists at SINTEF and NTNU have been honoured by an award from the International Energy Agency (IEA) for their contribution to solving the greenhouse problems...

Refrigeration Technology Award

(27/12/2005) Refrigeration scientists at SINTEF and NTNU have been honoured by an award from the International Energy Agency (IEA) for their contribution to solving the greenhouse problems caused by leaking refrigeration systems and heat pumps.

The award has shown that it is possible to use CO2, a natural substance, as the "work-horse" in cooling systems and heat pumps. SINTEF and NTNU were the first to demonstrate that CO2 can be used in vehicle air-conditioning systems without increasing fuel consumption.

To utilise CO2 in cooling systems does not contribute to the greenhouse effect, since it is essentially "borrowed" from industrial waste gases that would otherwise have been released to the atmosphere.

The EU is currently drawing up a directive that will require all new vehicle models to have air-conditioning systems that do not contain the chemicals in use today. Vehicle manufacturers already have test cars on the road fitted with CO2-based air-conditioning. SINTEF and NTNU are also members of an EU project that will develop simple, inexpensive CO2 systems for small cars. (Story form Gemini )

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