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Untrue rumours about an on-going incident at the Halden Research Reactor in Norway
IFE has been made aware of stories about an on-going incident involving a “meltdown” at the Halden Reactor that currently are circulating in some European media and websites.
Official opening March 20 of the new research center for environment-friendly energy - MoZEES
The new FME center is dedicated to development of materials, components and technology for use of batteries and hydrogen in zero emission transport systems. It will be a special focus on the maritime sector.
The Netherlands re-join the Halden Reactor Project
The Netherlands signed the Halden Agreement on December 1st and will formally become the 20th member country in the Halden Reactor Project (HRP) after the formal acceptance from the Halden Board during their Paris meeting on December 9th, and after the approval of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Status at the Halden Reactor 28 October
IFE's main focus now is to get the Halden reactor back to normal maintenance condition.
Press release: unintended release of radioactive iodine at the Halden Reactor
Monday 24. October at 1.45 PM an unintended release of radioactive iodine occurred in relation to the handling of test fuel in the reactor hall of the Halden Reactor. The release represents no threat for IFE’s employees or the environment.
Cost reduction measures at IFE
IFE has experienced a significant market downturn in several of its business areas in the energy sector in the second half of 2016. Experimentally-based R&D for the nuclear power industry continues to be financially challenging in the current market environment of low energy prices. In addition, several other sectors at IFE have been significantly affected by the substantial drop in oil prices with subsequent reduction in activities.
IFE supports American control room modernization program
The U.S. Department of Energy, together with Idaho National Labs (INL) and several nuclear utilities, has started a major program to support the modernization and long-term operation of the existing U.S. nuclear fleet. INL has contracted IFE to support studies at the INL control room simulator in order to develop and test control room concepts and tools, and to measure the benefits and potential drawbacks of these tools.
A new impulse: Carbon capture and storage
Dr Asunción Aranda of the Institute for Energy Technology in Norway outlines in this article a new impulse for CO2 capture, utilisation and storage.
Big cheers for two new Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research
It was a day of joy and triumph at IFE when the decision about the new FME centres was announced. Both applications with IFE as host institution were granted. IFE will be leading one Research Centre for Sustainable Solar Cell Technology, and one Centre for zero emission transportation; Mobility Zero Emission Energy Systems. Additionally, IFE is partner in one centre, Norwegian Centre for Sustainable Bio-based Fuels and Energy, hosted by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
Director General, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) featured a keynote speech at the Enlarged Halden Programme Group (EHPG) meeting in Norway
The 39th meeting of the EHPG gathered 250 delegates from 22 countries
Recover for the future - The IOR Norway 2016 conference
A large international conference organised by the National IOR Centre of Norway gathered almost 300 people from oil companies, oil service, research institutes, universities and government to present and discuss research on increased oil recovery.
Pilot project in Norway: hydrogen from small hydro power plants
A new research study shows potential for profitable hydrogen production from small hydro power plants. – This can be a good option in a start-up market, says Scientist Pernille Seljom from the Department of Energy Systems at IFE (Institute for Energy Technology).
In pursuit of the perfect tracer
IFE is designing new tracers that can reveal how much oil is left in the fields.
Joint press release: Patent application for new alumina technology approved
The joint patent application by Nordic Mining and Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) for a new technology for extraction of alumina from aluminium/calcium-rich minerals has been approved by the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (Patentstyret).
Joint press release: Lightbridge and IFE sign contract
Lightbridge and IFE sign contract for irradiation testing and related activities at Halden reactor. The agreement is a strategic milestone toward generating data for regulatory approval of Lightbridge metallic nuclear fuel.
IOR Centre boosts optimism in the oil industry
Large conference event in Stavanger gathered 300 people to celebrate the first year of the National IOR Centre of Norway, a joint centre run by the University of Stavanger, IRIS and IFE.
Award to research article with authors from IFE
The IFE scientists, István Szöke and Niels-Kristian Mark, are among the authors of an article honored with award Bernard Wheatley Award for 2014.
New human and technological challenges in Aviation
The Oslofjordfondet assigned the project Advanced Large -scale Management of the Air traffic control Research (ALMAR) 5 million kroner for research on new concepts and safety in aviation. Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), Edda Systems and Avinor together receive a budget of 10 million kroner (50 % in-kind contribution) to research these topics in the time period of 2015-2017.
Halden Project – Agreement 2015-2017 and license renewal of the Halden Reactor for 6 years
The OECD Halden Reactor Project has been operated under NEA auspices since 1958 and is the largest international research program carried out and hosted in Norway, currently with 19 member countries.
Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant – Monitoring of safety critical electrical cables (LIRA)
IFE is running a project at Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant (LNPP) in Russia to improve their ability to monitor cable conditions. An important tool is the LIRA system from Wirescan.

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IFE seeks PhD Candidate within silane decomposition reactor technology
The Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) is an independent international research foundation based in Kjeller near Oslo. IFE is at the forefront of several research fields within energy research, environmental and nuclear technology, and develops new technological solutions for industry and the public sector in more than 30 countries. IFE has about 600 employees and an annual turnover of about NOK 850 Million.