A selection of IFE's research projects
The Thermal Performance Monitoring and Optimisation system TEMPO is designed to support plant personnel in identification and correction of problems which can cause decreases in plant efficiency.
The Concrete Project
Several countries are planning to extend the operating life of their nuclear power plants from 40 to 60 years. It is therefore of great interest to learn about the changes in the concrete that can be expected when the life of the facilities is extended. The project involves irradiating samples of concrete and then examining the changes that have taken place.
The Geilo Schools
The Physics department at IFE has been the organizer of biannual Geilo Schools at Bardøla Høyfjellshotell, Geilo, Norway since 1971.
The INDOFERN Project (New indicator organisms for environmental radioactivity)
The INDOFERN (New indicator organisms for environmental radioactivity) project is one of several projects sponsored by the NKS (Nordic Nuclear Safety Research) that IFE has participated in. The objective of the project was to identify new indicator organisms and biomarkers for assessment of environmental radioactivity in various Nordic ecosystems (terrestrial, fresh water, marine) for normal and emergency situations.
The Norwegian Fucus Project
The main sources of radioactive pollution in Norwegian and Arctic waters the last 30 years are global fallout from nuclear weapons testing in the atmosphere, routine discharges from the reprocessing facilities at Sellafield (UK) and Cap de la Hague (France), and the Chernobyl accident. The most important radionuclides are 137Cs, 99Tc, 90Sr and the plutonium isotopes 238Pu, 239Pu and 240Pu. In addition, seawater contains naturally occurring radionuclides as 40K, 210Po and other nuclides in the uranium and thorium series.
The Norwegian Research Centre for Solar Cell Technology
The Petro-HRA Project
A new method for assessment of human reliability in post-initiating events in the petroleum industry.
Thermoelectric materials: Nanostructuring for improving the energy efficiency of thermoelectric generators and heat-pumps (Norwegian Resource Council project no. 228854).
Thin and highly efficient silicon-based solar cells incorporating nanostructures
This large research project aims at using the intriguing possibilities offered by nanotechnology and nanostructured materials to dramatically enhance the cost-efficiency of silicon-based solar cells. Within this project, new materials and technologies for making solar cells from very thin crystalline silicon substrates are being targeted.
Total scattering techniques for investigations of disorder in the solid state
"Total scattering" techniques , which reveal information about atomic and short-range atomic correlations by considering the diffuse scattering in addition to the Bragg scattering, have proven to be very powerful for investigations of the structur of disordered materials. These techniques are about to reach maturity but are hardly exploited by Norwegian research communities.
TracIntel is a multiclient JIP with the purpose to develop tracer technology to meet challenges connected to new production methods and environmental issues. The program is divided into several minor projects.
Virtual environments for maintenance and outage training
IFE is working on using virtual reality to provide nuclear power plant workers a better understanding of their work tasks, and get familiar with equipment and work area
Virtual Flow
The project of “virtual flow sensors” conducts a feasibility study of a computational intelligence approach to the enhancement of the accuracy of feedwater flow measurements in the framework of an ongoing cooperation between Tecnatom s.a. in Madrid ( and the OECD Halden Reactor Project in Halden. The aim of this research project is to contribute to the development and validation of a flow sensor in a nuclear power plant (NPP).
Vision-Based Diagnostics [2003-2008]
The goal of the Vision-Based Diagnostics project was to develop systems for automated, continuous monitoring of essential process equipment using primarily thermographic, but also ordinary visual light cameras. The activity led to the development of a software-based tool named Vision to perform this task.
A Nodal Neutron Transport Method for Calculating In-Core Power Distribution of Light Water Reactors
Work practices
Zero Emission Gas Power Plant (ZEG) – Verification of process design in laboratory scale (2006-2007)
The main goal of the present project is to build, test and evaluate a 2 kW laboratory scale plant for co-production of electricity and hydrogen from natural gas with integrated CO2-capture. The plant comprises an integrated system with a SOFC-stack and a reactor for hydrogen production by sorption enhanced reforming.
ZeroGen II - Technologies for Large Scale Zero Emission Power Plants (2008-2009)
The main objective of the present project is to identify the optimal integration of the ZEG-technology with respects to high overall efficiency, high CO2 capture rate, low production costs of electricity and hydrogen as well as low CO2 capture costs in large scale zero emission power plants.
ZeroGen – Technologies for Zero Emission Power Plants (2005-2008)
The main objective of the ZeroGen program is to establish competence and knowledge within critical technology areas crucial for the realization of ultra-efficient zero emission power plants that can supply electric power and/or hydrogen to the marketplace at competitive prices.