A selection of IFE's research projects

Material Technology

Fast, reliable and cost effective boron hydride based high capacity solid state hydrogen storage materials (EU project no. 303428)
Cenate – Centrifuge Nanotechnology: Nano silicon anodes for Li-ion batteries
This project is aimed at modifying the Dynatec reactor to be able to produce several types of nanostructured silicon and composite materials of silicon and carbon for use in Li-ion batteries. The project has received financial support from the EnergiX program under the Research Council of Norway.
Cheetah – Cost-reduction through material optimization and higher energy output of solar photovoltaic modules
Cheetah is an ambitious EU project devoted to develop technology and foster innovative manufacturing capabilities and photovoltaic products. The goal is not only to reduce the price per watt for photovoltaic energy, but also to support Europe’s development of technological and industrial capacity in all parts of the PV value chain.
Project title: Fundamental investigations on Improved Materials and Storage Concepts for a Hydrogen based Integrated Total Energy Utilisation System
Developing Neutron Reflectometry for materials research in Norway
Neutron Reflectometry is an advanced analytical method that can provide depth resolved information ranging from about 5 to 5000 Å. It allows access to the concentration of a species in a direction perpendicular to the film surface, probe lateral order and also determine the magnetic micro-structure. Neutron Reflectometry has never been performed inside Norway and Norwegian researchers have to rely on large-scale facilities and scientific know-how located outside the Nordic countries to perform these studies.
Dynatec low-energy reactor for silicon
This research project will explore the central problems for continued development of a new technology for producing highly pure silicon for solar cells. Dynatec Engineering and IFE will together with other partners build a second generation research reactor, where both reactor design and several new mechanisms for more automated use will be tested. The project has received financial support from the EnergiX program under the Research council of Norway.
In collaboration with the Physics Department at IFE, we take part in EC FP6 IP with acronym STORHY that deals with hydrogen storage for car application.
Novel Complex Metal Hydrides for Efficient and Compact Storage of Renewable Energy as Hydrogen and Electricity (EU Project no. 607040)
ESS - IFE test beamline for neutron detectors
Collaborative activities between IFE and ESS. The main goal is to provide a dedicated beam channel for testing of detectors and the development of new neutron techniques relevant to ESS.
FME-centre, work package 7 / Energy-efficient silicon production through the chemical route (2014-2017)
The aim of this research activity is to obtain a better understanding of the complex processes involved in silane pyrolysis (thermal decomposition). The goal is to have little waste products from this process, as well as low total energy consumption. The research activity is a part of the FME centre on solar energy, a collaboration between IFE, SINTEF, NTNU and UiO, as well as 10 industrial partners. The project receives financial support from the Research Council of Norway.
Integrating European Infrastructure to support science and development of Hydrogen- and Fuel Cell Technologies towards European Strategy for Sustainable, Competitive and Secure Energy (EU project no. 2845222)
Highly efficient silicon-based solar cells employing nanostructured layers
Much effort is currently being devoted by the photovoltaic industry in order to decrease the cost of solar electricity. Such a cost reduction may be obtained either by reducing the material and process costs or by improving of the efficiency of the solar cells. This project follows the latter approach, and aims at developing technology for making highly efficient silicon-based solar cells employing nanostructured layers.
Kjeller dense phase CO2 corrosion project (KDC)
The Kjeller Dense Phase CO2 Corrosion Project (KDC) is a joint industry project sponsored by several major oil companies. The main objective of the project is to determine the operation window for safe transport of dense phase CO2 with impurities in carbon steel pipelines.
Kjeller Localised Corrosion Project (KLOC)
The Kjeller Localised Corrosion Project (KLOC) is a joint industry project running from 2007 to 2011, sponsored by several major oil companies and suppliers. The main objective of the project is to generate knowledge and understanding of localised corrosion processes in sour service oil and gas production and process facilities.
Kjeller MEG Loop II (KML-II)
Kjeller MEG Loop II (KML-II) is a joint industry project started in 2011. It is a continuation of KML-I carried out in the period 2005-2010. Both the previous and the present project are supported by the Research Council of Norway. Both projects deal with formation of scale and particles in Mono Ethylene Glycol systems used for long-distance tie-ins of unprocessed gas directly from subsea wells.
KPN – Impurity control in high performance multicrystalline silicon
The main goal of the project is to develop knowledge about impurity transport processes and impurity-defect interaction in the production of high performance silicon solar cells.
Modelling of Solar Grade Silicon Crystallization Processes
The main purpose of this project is to analyse by modelling and verify by materials characterization the distribution of impurities during silicon crystallization and the formation of dislocations in the crystal lattice during cooling of the solid material. The Norwegian Research Council funds this project which runs from 2008 to 2010. It joins the efforts of two departments at IFE, the Computational Materials Processing department and the Solar Energy department.
Nanoparticle complex fluids
These materials form a class of advanced and smart materials that exhibits dramatic changes in their rheological behaviour with a rapid, reversible and tunable transition from a liquidlike, free-flowing state to a solidlike state upon the application of an external field.
Nordic PV - Solar Electricity from Materials to System Integration
The purpose of Nordic PV, a scientific project between Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), University of Uppsala (UU), Helsinki University of Technology (HUT), Danish Technological Institute (DTI) Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) funded by Nordic Energy Research, is to stimulate research and development related to solar electricity in order to strengthen the commercial development of solar cells in the Nordic countries.
Novel Production Technology for Silicon Products (NoSi) (2016-2018)