A selection of IFE's research projects

Material Technology

New Instrument for material analysies by use of the Neutron flux from JEEP II.
Performance of PV modules in arid areas – effect of soiling and module technology on yearly yield
In this project IFE collaborates with University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and Scatec Solar to develop methodology to predict and optimize the efficiency of PV systems in arid areas.
Silicon product control for better Li-ion batteries (Siproco Fobeliba)
In this project we investigate how we can make better rechargeable batteries. IFE's battery research focuses on developing silicon as a material for storing the lithium in Li-ion batteries.
SIP - New Functional Tracers Based on Nanotechnology
The main aim of this project is to develop new tracer materials that can be used for flow monitoring in oil reservoirs, oil wells and process studies. The project addresses the need for automatic and unmanned monitoring in relation to the e-field concept.
Exploring solar on-farm energy production combined with a fleet of electrical vehicles and precision agriculture for reduced GHG-emissions.
Strategic Institute Program - New Advanced Materials for Hydrogen Storage
The prospects of a future non polluting "Hydrogen Society" is currently the focus of considerable R&D. IFE has long traditions in studies of hydrogen in solid materials.
The Norwegian Research Centre for Solar Cell Technology
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.