A selection of IFE's research projects
COPMA (Computerised OPerating MAnuals)
COPMA-III is a software tool for supporting the use and development of Computerised Procedure Systems (CPS). COPMA-III has been used in human performance experiments in IFEs human-machine laboratory HAMMLAB and is also part of the permanent alarm display system in the laboratory.
DC-casting Models
Mathematical modelling of DC-casting is used to understand the basic mechanisms of the process and to interpret casting experiments, and the models ALSIM and ALSPEN have been used in process design and development over a long period of time. Current topics of research are the coupled stress, thermal and fluid flow modelling of the start-up phase of the process as well as grid refinement and adaptivity applied on finite element grids.
Deep sea offshore wind turbine technology
The exploitation of open sea (deep-water) wind energy resources can give access to a large number of sites with good wind conditions and less restrictions (noise, visual acceptance) than on-shore. Wind turbines used here may differ from conventional designs due to different operational conditions and absence of some restrictions.
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.
Diagnostic Decision Support [2012-2017]
The goal of the Diagnostic Decision Support project has been to investigate goal- and function-oriented modelling and qualitative reasoning to automate the diagnosis and prognosis process.
Dynamic RadIation Visualisation Engine - DRIVE 2011-2013
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA) decided in December 2010 to fund a new project for the 2011-2013 timeframe. The tittle of the project was “Dynamic RadIation Visualisation Engine” (DRIVE). The participants were Institute for energy technology (IFE) and Federal Medical Biological Center (FMBC), who was a subcontractor to IFE. In addition participated the operator of Andreeva Bay, SevRAO, and the local regulator, FMBA-120. The DRIVE project utilized results and experiences from the existing and continued DOSEMAP and DATAMAP projects by using IFE tools to enhance regulatory supervision and safety planning in the Andreeva Bay area. That was achieved by developing tools for the optimization of the waste management strategy and by improving radiation safety through better worker radiation awareness in the Andreeva Bay premises.
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.
EC Project EGS Pilot Plan
Our department in collaboration with Corrosion department at IFE takes part in the largest European Geothermal Project dealing with Hot Dry Rock (HDR) Technology in Soultz, France.
The ENGINE project is EC Network within 6FP, which coordinates “Unconventional Geothermal Resources and Enhanced Geothermal Systems”, from resource investigation and assessment stage through to exploitation monitoring.
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)
Energy Technology Systems Analysis Program (ETSAP)
ENVITRACER - Running EU project under the 5th framework
Development of environmentally friendly tracer technology for improved reservoir description.
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.
FOREST (Guidance for sampling in forests for radionuclide analysis and update of the Nordic forest radioecology network)
IFE is co-ordinator for the project FOREST, one of several projects sponsored by the NKS (Nordic Nuclear Safety Research). The project was initiated in 2005 and the practical aims of the project are compilation of a sampling guide for radionuclide analysis of northern forests and to activate a network within Nordic forest radioecology.
From waste to value: New industrial process for mineral dressing by use of CO2 (2004-2007)
This program investigates the possibility of industrial use of CO2 for reaction with silicates to form carbonates and improved silicate products.
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)
High temperature compression/absorption heat pump
IFE is developing a high temperature compression/absorption type heat pump. It is designed to upgrade industrial waste heat from a temperature of around 50°C to a temperature of 95-100°C. Cooling water of 5-10°C can also be produced simultaneously. Standard components are utilised and the Coefficient of Performance (COP) of the heat pump process can reach more than 3.4. The relatively low investment cost combined with an efficient cycle makes the technology very promising for Norwegian industrial processes.
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.