Laboratories

The laboratories are an important part of IFE's research activities.
Battery Materials Laboratory
The IFE Battery Material Laboratory was established in 2010 and has facilities for manufacturing and testing battery materials and electrodes
Chemical analyses and characterization equipment for oil and gas industry and environmental technologies
A wide selection of equipment for chemical and geochemical analyses with emphasis in the oil and gas sector, and research activities for environmental technologies development.
CO2 Flow Loop
IFE’s CO2 flow loop is a closed loop designed to study situations where the CO2 in transport pipelines (CCS) will enter the two-phase vapour-liquid region.
Colloid, Interface and Fluid Research Laboratory (CIRLAB)
Experiment Engineering
About 35 instrumented test assemblies are loaded in the Halden Boiling Water Reactor (HBWR). The assemblies are fitted with a wide range of instruments in order to characterise a large number of properties of nuclear fuels and materials.
Experimental facilities for environmental technologies development
A number of multi-purpose reactors and dedicated experimental set-ups, comprising hydrogen production, CO2 storage, mineral processing and other environmental technologies.
Halden Boiling Water Reactor (HBWR)
The reactor is situated 100 meters within a rock hillside, with a rock covering of 30-50 meters. As the reactor is operational the reactor hall is closed with air lockdoors. The net volume inside the reactor hall is 4500 m³. The reactor hall is 10 meters wide, 30 meters long and has a total height of 26 meters, where 11.5 meters are above the main floor. The reactor hall also contains fuel pits for temporarily storage of used fuel.
Halden Virtual Reality Centre
Halden Virtual Reality Centre (HVRC) is an international centre for research into virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies focussed on the application of both emerging and maturing 3D technologies to address the needs of industries that manage complex processes.
HAMMLAB
HAMMLAB is an international centre for research into process control, human system interaction, and human performance in complex systems. Its patrons include utilities, vendors and regulatory bodies from twenty countries world-wide, who jointly fund applied nuclear research through the OECD Halden Project, and individual groups and organisations who fund specific studies.
Hastelloy loops
The two Hastelloy loops are used for high temperature and high pressure corrosion testing.
IFE Hynor Hydrogen Technology Center
IFE Hynor Hydrogen Technology Center (IFE Hynor) is a fuel cell and hydrogen technology test center owned and operated by IFE.
Instrumentation Design
The Institute for Energy Technology has been world leading within design and manufacture of nuclear instrumentation since the early 1960’s for experiments in the Halden Reactor. Today, IFE-Halden has a unique competence in instrumentation used for on-line monitoring of nuclear fuel and material behavior; specially customized instrumentation solutions; and a highly developed program on Generation IV instruments. IFE –Halden has a foresight development program aimed at meeting instrumentation requirements for the long-term future within the nuclear industry.
JEEP II
JEEP II is a heavy water moderated reactor. The heavy water also acts as coolant. The reactor has a maximum thermal power of 2000 kW. A tertiary heat exchanger transfers the heat to a light water circuit that is used for heating some of IFE’s buildings. Excess heat is removed by means of a dry cooling tower.
Laboratory for silicon production
The laboratory for silicon production at IFE works with production of polysilicon and advanced silicon-based materials for solar cells, electronics, batteries and pharmaceutics. IFE has over many years been expanding this laboratory and silicon materials is one of the strategic focus areas of the Institute. The possibilities offered make up a unique package for research projects and pilot projects within silicon production and silane based processing technology.
Low Level Radioactivity Laboratories
IFE operates one of Norway's largest special laboratories for radiochemical analysis and measurement of very small amounts of radiactivity in such samples. The laboratory is also a qualified member of IAEA’s ALMERA (Analytical Laboratories for the Measurement of Environmental Radioactivity) network. To be a qualified member of this network, the laboratory has to participate with good results in the ALMERA proficiency tests arranged by IAEA.
Low Pressure Loop
IFE's Low Pressure Loop is used for studying 2- and 3-phase multiphase gas-liquid-particle flow in near horizontal pipes or in a rectangular channel, at atmospheric pressure. The test facility contributes with high quality experimental data used to improve and test basic multiphase flow models.
N-FCH Systems Laboratory
The N-FCH Systems Laboratory is hosted by IFE, and is one of three nodes in the Norwegian Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Centre (N-FCH). The N- FCH Systems Laboratory focuses on the integration of fuel cells (mobile applications) and water electrolysers (stationary applications) into power systems. The N-FCH Systems Laboratory is located in the IFE Hynor Hydrogen Technology Centre at Kjeller, Norway
Numerical and process simulation laboratory for geological and industrial processes
Competences in numerical and process simulation and availability of in-house developed and commercial software to empower research on diverse environmental challenges.
Reactor Chemistry
The Reactor Chemistry Section in the Experimental Engineering Department in Halden has two laboratories; one operational and the other analytical. Three Chemists work in each laboratory. The laboratory working fields are mostly aqueous systems, which range from high purity to waste water.
Scanning Electron Microscope
Scanning Electron Microscopy is used to characterise surface topography (unique depth definition), micro-structure, element composition, and to take pictures with magnification in the range of 10 to 100 000.