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Research projects and initiatives
Research projects and initiatives
The concept of small autonomous passenger ferries in urban areas is a more flexible and environmentally-friendly alternative to bridges or manned ferries. Autoferry therefore aims to develop groundbreaking new concepts and methods which will enable the development of such ferries for urban water transport.
The main goal of this project is to develop groundbreaking new concepts and methods which will enable the development of autonomous passenger ferries for transport of people in urban water channels.
NTNU leads Task 39 "Hydrogen in maritime transport" of the International Energy Agency – Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (IEA-HIA). Task 39 provides know-how on the use of hydrogen and fuel cells in the maritime sector, evaluates concepts and to initiates R&D projects.
The ORCAS project will develop novel technological solutions for online risk management and risk control of autonomous ships. Cutting-edge interdisciplinary research combining cybernetics and risk management aims to achieve high level of autonomy, intelligence and decision-making capabilities for autonomous ships. The goal is to enhance the realization of autonomous ships by developing safer and smarter automatic sailing systems and power and propulsion systems that are able to detect, perceive, verify, monitor, control and follow-up deviations and potential hazards.
The project develops models for dynamic positioning operations that will cover all types of vessels where a DP system is used to maintain position and/or heading, where deviations in position/heading fixing may have severe consequences for the safety of people, environment or assets.
The research project into PAthogens and ClimatE (PACE) and impacts from infectious diseases on wild fish in the high north aims to answer (1) what type of pathogens is present in wild populations of salmon has along the coast of Norway (2) how does the immune system of these populations vary from north to south (3) how are the behavior and spawning success of wild salmon and sea trout affected by these pathogens and (4) how will temperature and pathogens interact and affect the physiology of salmon and sea trout in future climate scenarios.
SFI Autoship is a 8-years research-based innovation centre that will contribute to Norwegian players taking a leading role in the development of autonomous ships for safe and sustainable operations.
The centre has more than 20 partners from the Norwegian maritime industry, including end users, product and service suppliers, research institutes, universities and government.
The main objective of SFI BLUES is to enable Norwegian industry to create new types of floating stationary structures which satisfy the needs and requirements from renewable energy, aquaculture and coastal infrastructure.
Key research and industry partners work together in SFI BLUES in a joint effort to solve common scientific challenges. This will enable novel floating structures for future needs, which contribute to solutions for global challenges.
The installation process and maintenance of the necessary offshore systems are demanding both for the technical solutions and for the human actions involved. New and improved analysis methods are required in deep water and cold climate in order to document the enabling technologies to perform the marine operations.
The SFI centre shall support the entire marine operations value chain by developing knowledge, methods and computer tools for safe and efficient analysis of both the equipment and the installation process. The developed methods shall be implemented in simulator environments to enable training of individual human actions as well as the team performance.
SFI-Smart Maritime works towards greening maritime transport, enabling the Norwegian maritime cluster to be world leading in environmentally friendly shipping by 2025. This position shall be gained through innovative use, improvement and combination of technologies which are not only cost, energy and emission efficient, but which also could increase the revenues for the maritime industry.