Energy and Environment

Environmental Technology

Department of Environmental Technology focus on research and development of new technology for reduction of environmental problems related to the production and use of energy. Technology for carbon dioxide (CO2) capture, use and storage is a central part of the activity.
Contact

Aranda, Asunción

Department Head

Olstad, Solveig

Dept. Coordinator

 

The three groups at the department focus on the research areas:

Geo-processes

Material- and process technology

Analyses

CO2 storage, geodynamics, reservoir processes, minerals; characterization, experiment, modeling

novel methods for CO2 capture, hydrogen production, mineral processing, more efficient use of energy, bio-energy

Chemical analyses on organic and inorganic gasses, fluids and solids, element and isotope analyses, fluorescence analyses

Emission of greenhouse gases is considered to be one of the largest environmental challenges that we have today. IFE is working with several possible solutions for industrial use of CO2 and subsurface storage. IFE is also engaged in development of new technology for CO2 capture in both pre- and post-combustion techniques. We conduct research on hydrogen production, energy optimization of industrial processes, mineral processing for upgrading and metal extraction, and geothermal energy. As methods, we use a combination of different chemical and geological analyses, laboratory experiments and numerical modeling. Utilizing different natural non-radioactive isotope systems as tracers, the department is engaged in a broad spectrum of areas such as environmental effects imposed by chemicals used offshore, hydrology and groundwater pollution, tracing of sources in order to map and decrease the diffusion of different pollutants, and prospecting for and production of oil and gas.

Read more:
CO2 down to earth. Researchers from IFE detail the
technological and political status of CO2 management (pdf)